Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Prone Gunman

Manchette writes stark, ironic, blackly comic noir with an air of political disgust and matter of fact absurdity and existentialism. This book works as perfect pulp thriller, while turning the genre on its head, filled with graphic violence, wild twists in the plot, perfect details, and comes to a brutal ironic ending which is almost impossible to predict. Kind of a variation on Melville’s Le Samouri and Greene’s Gun for Hire but it is a richer one.

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