For Victor Cox, a professor of film history, the Hollywood films noirs of the 1940s and 1950s are more real than his daily life. When his wife is found drowned, Cox is the first murder suspect. He falls in love with a student who looks like the 1920s film star Louise Brooks, but she disappears at a Belgian seaside resort. Smeared in lipstick in their hotel room are the wor
lots of humor, twisty little plot, and sardonic dutch internationalism make for a fun and intriguing read about the films professor slash serial murderer. or IS he? reminds me a bit of james hamilton-paterson, so if you recognize that name, you see the high praise here. Cooking with Fernet Branca
Film buff professor Victor Cox sees similarities to movies in almost every situation. Living in Antwerp, he has collected memorabilia from nearly every time period in Hollywood’s history. ...more
OK, does that do it for you?
Because this strained, overlong, overly complex, wannabe thriller involving a series of murders aping those of some classic American films noirs adamantly does not do it for me. It comes off as the work of a film noir expert showing off his knowledge. To those reading it in the original Dutch, it must seem even more dismissible, although it won some sort of Dutch crime novel award.
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Patrick Conrad in de Nederlandstalige Wikipedia
Patrick Conrad in de Digitale Bibliotheek voor de Nederlandse Letteren
Patrick Conrad bij "Schrijversgewijs"
Patrick Conrad is a Flemish poet and writer.
Patrick Conrad in the English Wikipedia