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(Noir Chronicles #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  14,348 ratings  ·  2,158 reviews
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
Hardcover, 339 pages
Published April 17th 2018 by William Morrow (first published 2018)
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Larry H
May 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Well, it's been a while since I've read a book that should have been accompanied by a drum set, in order to generate rimshots after every joke, but this definitely felt like one of those!!

"There are times in a guy's life when he finds himself floating facedown in a sea of troubles, and as hope bubbles away, he thinks, How the hell did I get here?"

It's 1947 in San Francisco. The country has just started putting all of its pieces back together following World War II. Sammy "Two Toes" Tiffin is the
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2018, audio, library

This book is an awesomely unique and entertaining ride. I was enthralled every second and frequently found myself laughing out loud. Vocalizing while reading is almost always a good thing!

Moore really captures the feel of old hard boiled stories and film noir. And, while he is often over the top and exaggerating some of the noir tropes for humorous effect, it does not feel silly. Instead it feels witty, creative, controversial, and more.

Moore definitely has a feel to his characters, and that is
Apr 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: humorous-fiction
I was sure I was going to love this one. After all, a book by Christopher Moore that threatens to combine two of my favorite fictions - humor and crime . . . what's not to love?
And, it does get off to a great start . . .

She had the kind of legs that kept her butt from resting on her shoes...

OMG! Surely this promises to be the Airplane! of the noir genre!
Well, it's not.

And, don't call me Shirley.

I probably enjoyed about half of this. To be fair, there is a lot to love, what with a killer snak
May 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Down these mean streets a man must go. Or to be more accurate in the case of Sammy ‘Two Toes’ Tiffin – down these mean streets a man must limp.

It’s 1947 in San Francisco where Sammy is a good guy with some skeletons in his closet who works as a bartender which is how he meets a beautiful blonde named Stilton, a/k/a the Cheese. As far as Sammy is concerned the Cheese stands alone, and he falls for her instantly. Unfortunately, his attempts at romance are hindered by his sleazy boss insisting that
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
“You stinkin’ wallabies are in hot water now.”

Something is happening with me and Christopher Moore. The relationship is getting a little long in the tooth I feel, because his books just don’t do for me what they use to. When I first discovered him, I really enjoyed (and tore through) his novels. Now I read his books, they keep my attention, but they leave me feeling nothing.
“Noir” is a prime example of that. It is on the edge of being a clever, intriguing book. It never gets there. The premise
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I’ll start by saying I enjoyed this book from beginning to end.
That being said, the first half didn’t have the feel of a Christopher Moore novel. Fans will know what I mean. It was good, but not Lamb, good.
Now halfway through something happens. Something delicious and crazy and perfectly Squirrel People. And from that point on, it is most definitely a Christopher Moore book.
The man has yet to fail me. And Lamb still holds top spot for best book of all time.
Dec 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not much story to go with the jokes. Oh well, they can't all be The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove. I liked the afterward. I'm looking forward to his next book. ...more
This is Christopher Moore's homage to Film Noir set in the 50s after WWII. All the zany characters we expect from a Moore Novel and here: we have the Drag King club and lesbians, the femme fatale, some crazy Asian, there is a black mamba snake who has a part in this story and of course there is the bartender and the detective. Also, there is the Moon-man and Area 51 is involved and Men in Black.

I think one of the most interesting things in the books was the last few pages where he talks about hi
Aug 05, 2019 added it
DNF 18%
I think I screwed myself with this one. Due to Mr. Moore's reputation, I may have built it up too much in my mind. I'm just not enjoying it.
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is so funny. I read it within hours. It’s so ridiculous a lot of the times but in the good, entertaining kind of ridiculous (Mrs.Jones comment about her late husband’s manhood🤣). I have not read anything else by Christopher Moore and honestly knew very little about his writing going into the book, but I really liked this book. I actually wasn’t the one who picked this book to read, my little cousin showed me it at Barnes & Noble and I ended up putting it on hold on my library’s digital ...more
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Noir is a satire / humorous take of the more serious noir genre with a twist. In it, the reader is taken down a dark alley laughing all the way as our faithful protagonist Sammy ‘Two Toes’ Tiffin goes from bartender with puppy love to entrepreneur to crime fighting extraordinaire.

From sketchy business ideas involving snake urine, to dog pizza (pizza made for dogs, not dogs as an ingredient), author Christopher Moore light-heartily jumps to plot elements encompassing rich fat cats out for a good
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Noir was my first experience with the writing of humorist Christopher Moore, and I was not disappointed. In fact, it’s been a few days since I finished reading the book, and every now and then I still catch myself chuckling at the memory of some of the wild and whacky things that happened in it. Although I’m unable to comment on the way this novel compares with the author’s other work (I’ve come across some reviews from
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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Noir is a book that proves the old adage . . . .

The dame is “Cheese” – the fella hung up on her is Sammy Two Toes. The story takes place everywhere from a dive bar, to a national forest to Roswell, New Mexico.

I was real worried that I’d have to look like this . . . . .

Due to my “meh” reaction upon finishing, but it appears most of my friends pretty much felt the same as me. The one thing I can say is Christopher Moore most de
Jan 20, 2020 rated it liked it
It’s a tough world, full of rough goons and bombshell dames. It’s all fun and games and then you find yourself in a book by Christopher Moore.

I think I’ve read all of his books and I’ve been looking forward to exploring this 2018 publication. Eschewing most of his paranormal subjects, we find The Writer Guy paying a sideways homage to the noir genre while also poking fun in a colorful satire set in 1947 San Francisco. Moore is a talented writer and fills his narrative with witty metaphors and im
Ivy H
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Great title. Impressive cover harkening back to 1940's-era posters. Moore offers us a tongue-in-cheek parody of a 1940's noir story taking place in San Francisco's North Beach. This ersatz comedy certainly had its moments of great prose, but somewhere among the cane-wielding bartenders, cheese-themed hash-slinging waitresses, man-killing deadly Mambas, tender love story, and circus-like atmosphere, it's uneven meandering plot lines meandered down one dark alley too many for me. ...more
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Jul 25, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2022
There are times in a guy’s life when he finds himself floating facedown in a sea of troubles, and as hope bubbles away, he thinks, How the hell did I get here?

Christopher Moore knows his ‘noir’ aesthetics and the standard type of story he would like to tell: a regular guy gets drawn, mostly against his will, in a high stake conspiracy involving government secrets, powerful businessmen, corruption, drugs, car chases, guns, missing dames, etc. etc. He admits in the afterword that he wanted to w
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Here's the Rorschach test whether you will like this book. Chris Moore begins one of the chapters of Noir thusly: "The fog lay spread across the city like a drowned whore -- damp, cold, smelling of salt and diesel -- a sea-sodden streetwalker who'd just bonked a tugboat..." If you are offended by the quote, then never mind reading the book. On the other hand, if you see the playful tweaking of the noir genre then by all means continue on.

With its fog and alley ways, San Francisco is the perfect
Kon R.
Oct 24, 2021 rated it liked it
This was my first Christopher Moore and I know it was a weird book to start with, but often I read what's available to me for free (thanks Amazon Prime). It took a while for the writing style to grow on me and once it did I found it amusing. This book tries hard to make the reader laugh, but it only got me once to burst out loud. If you can forgive the over-the-top silliness of the plot, you can have a decent time with it. I liked it enough to check out more works by the author. ...more
Jun 16, 2018 rated it liked it
This is different from what he normally writes about by delving into post-WWII San Francisco. Different times doesn't mean better times. 5 of 10 stars ...more
Michelle F
I don't think this is too spoilery, but maybe proceed with caution

I think this is my second Christopher Moore book. I have vague recollections of being amused by a book called Fluke, quite some time ago, but I don't remember anything else about it. Whales. There were whales. In theory, this second read promises to be right up my alley – humorous and noiry.

It is the story of Sammy “Two-Toes” Tilton, a bartender in 1947. A combination of a knockout dame (“The Cheese”) and his own ideas for money
Stay Fetters
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Sammy brought his *** spy friend, those guys are tricky- they have a way to hit you that makes your eye-balls explode."

Christoper Moore is like a fine wine, he gets better as time goes on. He’s one of those authors that never disappoints and this book is now in my top three favorites of his.

At first, you aren’t sure if this is an actual Moore novel until you get to those off the wall jokes. They are edgy, wacky, and absolutely hilarious. It’s a tad bit different than what Moore fans are used t
Jun 01, 2018 rated it liked it
"The streetlights floated above in their vaporous auras like lost spirits, never reaching the pavement."

The scene is set. I like Noir, and this feels true to the genre except with a lot more laughing. The post WWII setting in San Francisco is vibrant and the edgy jokes run the gauntlet. There's still Moore's crude and vulgar humor, but instead of "naturals" like Pocket from the Fool series or Toulouse Lautrec from Sacre Bleu we have a ragamuffin whose insults that are just misses which make them
Nicole D.
This isn't a totally trademark Christopher Moore book, but you know what? I'm totally OK with that. People evolve and frankly I didn't want to read a formulaic novel.

I struggled a bit at first - I think Moore was working on creating the Noir feel and it just felt like a lot of words going nowhere. But I'm a fan and I knew that it couldn't be that far off the mark, so I needed to persevere. What came next was maybe a little sophisticated that we perhaps expect.

San Francisco 1947. Your ragtag bu
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A new favorite from Christopher Moore! NOIR perfectly balanced sweet characters, film noir style and lingo, and Moore's trademark humor. In short, I loved it. It may actually be in my top 5 favorite Chris Moore books.

Sammy is a bartender who plans a get rich quick scheme that doesn't take long to go horribly awry. While he's trying to clean up the mess, he is also wooing a dame that entered his life named Stilton (aka The Cheese), and avoiding the "men in black" who are searching for the myster
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Argh, what to make of this book? and, more broadly, what to think about continuing to read Christopher Moore? is this the last Moore book I read? do I (finally) give up? or do I keep hoping for the (seemingly) long-ago sensation of laughing out loud, scratching my head page after page, and marveling that so much silliness could spew forth from one (potentially deeply disturbed) mind and be so efficiently packaged into novel form? what to think (and do), indeed?

OK, this was decidedly not one of m
Albert Riehle
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who am I kidding, right? If Christopher Moore pooped on a page every day and called it his Rorschach novel, I'd buy it and probably find something interesting in the way his feces splattered in the most hysterical and poignant patterns ever conceived. So, yeah. I guess you could say I'm a fan.

But here's the thing: Being a Christopher Moore fan isn't easy. He doesn't write on an annual schedule like a lot of my other favorites. And let's face it--the collected works, to date, set a very, very hig
Carol  Jones-Campbell
The release of Christopher Moore’s new novel, Noir, should be celebrated. Not because it’s his crowning literary achievement, but because every Moore release is cause for celebration. This is my first Moore, and I find his writing style and my reading preferences don't quite jive.

Research shows that over the past 25 years, he has consistently been one of the funniest and most prolific authors in America. And since Noir comes three long years after his last novel, Secondhand Souls, the excitement
May 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I won an ARC of this book in a goodreads drawing.

A madcap mystery set in San Francisco in the 1940's, where it's apparent the author's research fell a little short. Frisco was a wholly different city in the 40's than it is now, or even what it became in the 1960's.

The author seems vaguely ashamed for this screwball mystery, which shows his research failed him again. The screwball mystery is every bit as much a part of the hardboiled tradition as the trench coat. Dashiell Hammett created the Thi
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Full disclosure, I’m a Christopher Moore virgin. A Goodreads pal taking into consideration my deep and abiding love of all things 20th Century noir heartily recommended this book to me. I wasn’t expecting a parody of the genre, but I rolled with it. It was more than amusing, although to appreciate the depth of the effort, you’ll need to be a student of the post-WWII, San Francisco variant of the eponymous genre. This is more of a zany, romantic comedy than a noir story. Towards the end I was get ...more
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Christopher Moore is an American writer of absurdist fiction. He grew up in Mansfield, OH, and attended Ohio State University and Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA.

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