Sunday, January 15, 2012

Review: "A Noir Streak as Deep as a Femme Fatale's Cleavage"

I just recently received a very gratifying review over on for my novelette Candy Says Kill, which I've copied and pasted below, with another earlier review below it...

4.0 out of 5 stars Mick Says Cool: A Shot of Unruly ReviewJanuary 12, 2012
M. Halpin (Dublin Ireland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Candy Says Kill: A Shot of Modern Noir (Kindle Edition)
I read Candy Says Kill yesterday in two sittings- it's a jawbreaker. (That's a candy that lasts a good long while, for anyone not familiar.) Some of the layers: 
- New York hood, 
- backwoods beauty, 
- seedy bar, 
- cheap motel, 
- rednecks swinging axe handles, 
- roundhouse kicks, 
- stolen cars, 
- showercaps. 
- and blood. Lots and lots o' blood. 

T.S. O'Rourke has a Noir streak deep as any femme fatale's cleavage- and just as much fun. Reknowned Alabama Public Radio reviewer Don Noble would ask in wonder if the author has ever actually spent a night drinking with locals in an Alabama town, but Candy would just say Kill.

4.0 out of 5 stars Rusting quietlyMarch 29, 2011
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This review is from: Candy Says Kill: A Shot of Modern Noir (Kindle Edition)
This is a fast-paced, powerful short story that turns on a coincidence--a man who has killed before for money stops in a small Alabama town and the bartender's young and gorgeous wife takes him for the contract killer she ordered. His lust and experience lead him to take advantage of the situation, with some chilling and realistic dialog and action. They say every good short story could be a novel and every bad novel might be a short story. This is a good one, and God knows it's harder to write a good short story than a novel. I write hardboiled stuff and this one fits the bill nicely in a more modern setting. Well worth the price.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Ganglands update

I'm slowly but surely going through all the covers of my existing books and short stories trying apply a sense of order.
I'm not a great one for order or processes, so it will most likely take some time to get them all done....
Howsoever, to wit, herewith and without further ado, I present the updated Ganglands cover.

Hope y'all like it!