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Dirty Snow by Georges Simenon
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Nov 04, 11

bookshelves: crime-fiction
Read from November 03 to 04, 2011

this is about as "noir" as you can get with actually falling into a black hole. No hardboiled heart of gold standard issue Sam Spade types need apply for the lead role in this offering by the French master Simenon. Only the meanest ray of light ever peeks through the suffocating cloak painted by the author. Sparse characters, almost just brief pencil sketches, but skillfully done with enough detail to know who they are but leaving much for us to fill in and to guess at. Its not even clear where the setting is and who are the occupying powers are - we make assumptions but they are not based on much. What is clear though, is that book is a classic in its genre, almost out on its own as he pushes noir out to further extremes
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