Noir is not really my preferred genre, but I picked this up because I know several of the authors and I wanted to see what they were writing. Oh, my goodness! I was hooked. This stuff is good!
Did you know that Banned Books Week is September 24–30?
Come down to This House of Books and find out why some of our favorite and most beloved books have been banned or challenged!
Authors Carrie La Seur and Gwen Florio will present stories from the anthology Montana Noir on Saturday evening September 23 between 5:30 and 7:00.
Some people are surprised that Montana has its own volume of noir fiction, but we who live here know Montana has its own dark side. Noir fiction is generally associated with the landscapes of back alleys in big cities, but crime can be anywhere. In fact, noir fiction can trace its roots back to Butte, Montana, and the earliest hardboiled detective stories of Dashiell Hammett.
In noir we find the protagonist is typically a victim, suspect, or perpetrator, not a detective. These are ice-cold stories based in the life of Montana’s seamier streets and nasty little spider holes on the prairie.
Author Lorna Milne will be at the bookstore on Friday, October 20 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm to read from and talk about her biography about Evelyn Cameron, a Terry, Montana based photographer and rancher.
Jamie Ford ranks among Montana’s most successful authors. He will be in Billings on Thursday, October 19 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 pm, to present his latest novel, Love and Other Consolation Prizes.
In a topsy-turvy world, early in the novel a 12 year old boy is given away as the prize in a charity raffle. The winning ticket is held by the madam of a high-class brothel. This book is a great read!