I received an announcement in September that Evan Guilford-Blake’s novel Noir(ish) published by E. P. Dutton, a division of Penguin Books, as part of its Guilt Edged-Mysteries series is now available in a Kindle edition, available at Amazon.
Review by Richard Reeder from Noir Journal:
NOIR(ish), by Evan Guilford-Blake, Dutton Guilt Edged Mysteries (September 18, 2012): NOIR(ish) As an homage to Noir, Evan Guilford-Blake’s new mystery, NOIR(ish), is absolutely ingenious. The author must have read the entire body of work of both Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett to create just the right genre phrasing and ambience. Los Angeles in the summer of 1947 is the perfect setting. The mystery’s gumshoe hero is Robert Grahame, an Indiana native and World War Two veteran who moved out West, first to Frisco where he apprenticed for Sam Spade, before setting up a PI shop of his own in downtown LA. We first meet him about a year after he has broken up with the love of his life, and he’s hitting the bourbon a little bit too hard.
The plot centers on characters that may or may not have been involved with the murder of the notorious gangster, Bugsy Siegel. Every stock noir character appears in the story, each depicted brilliantly by Guilford-Blake. All characters have names with noir references. For example, the woman police lieutenant is Lauren Stanwyck. Even our hero’s cat has is called Greenstreet. Every noir fan will enjoy this conjuring up of the genre’s icons.
Readers may or may not find the story’s conclusion satisfactory, subtle, or consistent; but that’s noir anyway, no? Overall, an excellent book.
About the author:
Evan Guilford-Blake’s plays have been produced internationally. They’ve won 38 playwriting competitions, including Ireland’s Eamon Keane and the Tennessee Williams one-act contest, twice (he is the only playwright to do so), the Dayton (OH) Playhouse FutureFest and the Arts Club of Washington one-act and full-length competitions. Eighteen of his plays are published.
The Year 2011:
I met Evan Guilford-Blake in September of 2011 when I took his short story writing class. He was a great teacher and I learned a lot. One of his short stories, Dreidel, is one of my favorites and it’s a great one to read this time of year.
Written by Mary Gilmartin, December 14, 2012