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Dark Companion

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  44 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Banerjhee Rolf, a bright, level-headed Indian-American scientist, is content to spend his days with his wife, tending his garden and studying his beloved astronomy. When Rolf's relationship with his seedy, drug-dealing neighbour, Toby Pride, and Pride's stoner girlfriend takes a weird turn, Rolf's placid world is shattered and he becomes a fugitive from justice.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by The Overlook Press (first published July 30th 2006)
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Sam Reaves
Feb 24, 2016 Sam Reaves rated it liked it
It's hard to pigeonhole this short and peculiar novel; I suppose "noir" would not be inaccurate, but it's not classic noir in the sense of following members of the criminal class as they reap what they have sown. It's more like watching a stodgy sedan destroyed in a fiery wreck.
An Indian-American (i.e. South Asian) chemist in California, son of immigrants and beneficiary of the American dream, is laid off from the job he loves when his pharmaceutical company is taken over. Cast adrift, he tends
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Oscar Morphew
Aug 17, 2016 Oscar Morphew rated it it was ok
This is my first consumption of Nisbet's writing style so I have no idea whether his full-size novels pace a bit better but this was an awkward read. There were chapters that I just devoured then I would get stuck in a chapter that didn't particular feel needed. The structure and pace felt all off for the story I was expecting which is the story told in the blurb on the back, promise of an average man accidentally thrust into a world of crime and danger because of his dubious next door drug-deal ...more
Tim Niland
Jun 23, 2011 Tim Niland rated it liked it
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This short novel by progressive crime and noir author Nisbet is a strange mix of ideas that don't seem to cohere thoroughly, adding elements of science, science fiction and family drama and despite an interesting premise don't quite flow as well as they should. Main character B.J. Rolf is a chemical engineer, laid off by his mega-corporation after their latest round of Darwinian acquisition and downsizing. Left at home to brood, he compulsively does yard work and reads about astronomical phenome ...more
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Aug 31, 2015 Mike rated it really liked it
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My first Nisbet book. Very enjoyable. Will read more of his. Short story that keeps you turning pages.
Larry
Sep 18, 2014 Larry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not nearly as good as his Black Lizard publications.
Karl
Jul 28, 2015 Karl marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This copy is signed by the author.
Kai
Jan 14, 2011 Kai rated it liked it
Trama inesistente per un libro che sembra lasciato sul più bello, come se qualcuno avesse dimenticato di stampare le successive cento pagine. Ma la scrittura è adamantina, vivida, evocativa con uno spiccato senso per i dettagli. Si potrebbe usare come manuale su come de - scrivere.
J
Jan 09, 2011 J rated it liked it
Trama inesistente per un libro che sembra lasciato sul più bello, come se qualcuno avesse dimenticato di stampare le successive cento pagine. Ma la scrittura è adamantina, vivida, evocativa con uno spiccato senso per i dettagli. Si potrebbe usare come manuale su come de - scrivere.
Justin Howe
May 09, 2012 Justin Howe rated it really liked it
A slim enjoyable book that reads like a blend of Vonnegut, Crumley, Highsmith, and Willeford. It sort of just ends, but I'm actually fine with that.
Randy
Oct 27, 2012 Randy rated it really liked it
Cool neo-noir. Quentin Tarantino meets Raymond Chandler. Odd but satisfying.
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May 05, 2013 Max rated it it was amazing
Excellent. Pensive, reflective and painfully noir.
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San Francisco writer Jim Nisbet has published eleven novels, including the acclaimed Lethal Injection. He has also published five volumes of poetry. His novel, Dark Companion, was shorted-listed for the 2006 Hammett Prize. Various of his works have been translated into French, German, Japanese, Italian, Polish, Hungarian, Greek, Russian and Romanian.

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