…a book I’ve been looking forward to for awhile now. It’s beautifully designed.
When you factor in some other releases this year, it’s got to be considered an intriguing year for cross-genre noir/detective fiction. These books are all different, and yet all have some aspect of noir with urban settings.
That’s not even including China Mieville’s The City in the City, which as I understand it is influenced by Alfred Kubin, is a police procedural, and takes place in a real-world city which has a fantastical equivalent buried within it. So you’ve got the Huston, with its gritty realism and whacked out/strange elements in a real world setting, the Berry with a definite magic realist/Italo Calvino vibe, set in an unnamed city (but definitely could be in the real world), and my pulp noir/phantasmagorical/visionary fantasy Finch.
Also, as Gabriel pointed out in the comments thread, Brian Evenson’s Last Days, a powerful Kafka-esque Grand Guignol detective story set in the real world but featuring surreal events:
There has to be something in the water. Any other examples of similar cross-genre noir in 2009?