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Nevada Noir  by David  Arrowsmith
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it was amazing

David Arrowsmith’s crafty little trilogy of interconnected short stories “Nevada Noir” brought to mind two films: Wim Wenders’ "Paris, Texas" (mentioned in the middle story) and David Mackensie’s "Hell or High Water" (mentioned by the author as an influence). Like those two films, Arrowsmith’s collection represents a European outsider’s view of the American West. The author uses the British spellings of common words, giving his stunningly atmospheric prose the depth of the exotic.

Characters here are all addicted to something...gambling, killing, robbing, trouble. The trilogy builds to a noirish, nightmarish, crescendo…yet somehow there’s still a glimmer of hope. Each of the stories is better than the one before it, the high note at the end, the tone echoing that of the best works of Annie Proulx.

For fans of the genres…noir…and westerns…it doesn’t get much better than this.
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June 20, 2020 – Shelved
June 20, 2020 – Shelved as: to-read
July 12, 2020 – Started Reading
July 18, 2020 – Finished Reading

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David Arrowsmith This might just be my favourite critique yet of Nevada Noir. Incredibly generous praise from someone who clearly “gets” what I was shooting for - looks like I’ve found my audience! Thank you a million times over.

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