Noir: A Novel

By Christopher Moore
Read by Johnny Heller

9.06 Hours 04/17/2018 unabridged
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The absurdly outrageous, sarcastically satiric, and always entertaining New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore returns in finest madcap form with this zany noir set on the mean streets of post-World War II San Francisco, and featuring a diverse cast of characters, including a hapless bartender; his Chinese sidekick; a doll with sharp angles and dangerous curves; a tight-lipped Air Force general; a wisecracking waif; Petey, a black mamba; and many more. San Francisco. Summer, 1947. A dame walks into a saloon . . . It’s not every afternoon that an enigmatic, comely blonde named Stilton (like the cheese) walks into the scruffy gin joint where Sammy "Two Toes" Tiffin tends bar. It’s love at first sight, but before Sammy can make his move, an Air Force general named Remy arrives with some urgent business. ’Cause when you need something done, Sammy is the guy to go to; he’s got the connections on the street. Meanwhile, a suspicious flying object has been spotted up the Pacific coast in Washington State near Mount Rainer, followed by a mysterious plane crash in a distant patch of desert in New Mexico that goes by the name Roswell. But the real weirdness is happening on the streets of the City by the Bay. When one of Sammy’s schemes goes south and the Cheese mysteriously vanishes, Sammy is forced to contend with his own dark secrets—and more than a few strange goings on—if he wants to find his girl. Think Raymond Chandler meets Damon Runyon with more than a dash of Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes All Stars. It’s all very, very Noir. It’s all very, very Christopher Moore.

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Summary

Summary

New York Times bestseller

An iBooks bestseller

The absurdly outrageous, sarcastically satiric, and always entertaining New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore returns in finest madcap form with this zany noir set on the mean streets of post-World War II San Francisco, and featuring a diverse cast of characters, including a hapless bartender; his Chinese sidekick; a doll with sharp angles and dangerous curves; a tight-lipped Air Force general; a wisecracking waif; Petey, a black mamba; and many more.

San Francisco. Summer, 1947. A dame walks into a saloon . . .

It’s not every afternoon that an enigmatic, comely blonde named Stilton (like the cheese) walks into the scruffy gin joint where Sammy "Two Toes" Tiffin tends bar. It’s love at first sight, but before Sammy can make his move, an Air Force general named Remy arrives with some urgent business. ’Cause when you need something done, Sammy is the guy to go to; he’s got the connections on the street.

Meanwhile, a suspicious flying object has been spotted up the Pacific coast in Washington State near Mount Rainer, followed by a mysterious plane crash in a distant patch of desert in New Mexico that goes by the name Roswell. But the real weirdness is happening on the streets of the City by the Bay.

When one of Sammy’s schemes goes south and the Cheese mysteriously vanishes, Sammy is forced to contend with his own dark secrets—and more than a few strange goings on—if he wants to find his girl.

Think Raymond Chandler meets Damon Runyon with more than a dash of Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes All Stars. It’s all very, very Noir. It’s all very, very Christopher Moore.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Johnny Heller’s narration of Noir demonstrates his comic genius, but he also excels at reading more serious titles…Heller masterfully creates scenes and hits just the right notes with characters and tone…Moore is in fine form here, and Heller’s enthusiastic and playful reading intensifies listeners’ pleasure.” Booklist (starred audio review)
“Narrator Johnny Heller nails the wry tones and rhythmic pacing of the working mugs, corrupt cops, streetwise urchins, and tough dames …Some of Heller’s ethnic accents are thick and have stereotypical elements, but they aren’t offensive, and they add to the ‘Damon Runyon meets Bugs Bunny’ vibe of this funny, thoroughly enjoyable tale of danger and farce.” AudioFile
“Moore gives us dizzy dames and shadowy gangsters in Noir. Sammy, Moore’s comic revision of Sam Spade, will take you on a silly-thrilly ride through late-1940s San Francisco, and you’ll be laughing all the way.” Washington Post
Noir turns a legendary genre on its side and offers grand entertainment at every level.” Los Angeles Review of Books
“Witty, satirical, and hilarious with a delicious quiver of crime noir hovering over all.” New York Journal of Books
“A fun parody of detective fiction that has everything Christopher Moore fans have come to love and expect from his work: humor, fantasy, absurdity, and a cast of outrageous characters you won’t soon forget.” Bustle
“Moore is a master of metaphor and a sultan of simile…It takes an author of remarkable talents to keep a profitably urinating snake, a dame named for a dairy product, and a slimy extraterrestrial all running through a narrative.” Washington Independent Review of Books
“Funny, intriguing, and full of wacky characters…Moore’s engaging writing style draws readers in quickly and holds on through all the ups and downs of the plot. Post-WWII San Francisco is the perfect backdrop to the novel—just as interesting as the characters themselves.” RT Book Reviews (4 stars)
“Fans of noir film and fiction will find a lot to enjoy in this loving genre tribute, and those already familiar with Moore’s books will simply be in love.” Library Journal (starred review)
“Weird and oddly hilarious…A pedal-to-the-metal, exquisitely written comic romp through a neon-lit San Francisco that may never have actually existed, but that, in Moore’s supremely talented hands, sure feels like it could have.” Booklist (starred review)
“Bestseller Moore spoofs hard-boiled detective fiction in this irreverent send-up…An amusing spin on the noir subgenre.” Publishers Weekly

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Author Bio: Christopher Moore

Christopher Moore writes satirical fiction . Known for his colorful characters and imaginative story lines, he has gained a cult following for his books, many of which have become New York Times bestsellers.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Humor
Runtime: 9.06
Audience: Adult
Language: English