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The Last Tomorrow [Kindle Edition]

Ryan David Jahn
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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"This is already Jahn's fourth novel in three years but, boy, has he made an impact, both here and in his native America... What links them is the extraordinary quality of the clipped prose, the purpose of the plots and his unflinching probing of the dark side...The Last Tomorrow is Jahn's most ambitious and complex novel to date. It's also a mood piece and a homage to 1950s West Coast crime fiction, when the hard boiled style morphed into the psychologically-strained depths of noir...Murder, blackmail, execution and betrayal - of one's own integrity and morality- stalk this very fine, multilayered novel." --Book of the week in Daily Mirror

"A taut novel that upends ideas about heroism and romance." --Sunday Times Culture

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April 1952. Los Angeles. After thirteen-year-old Sandy Duncan shoots his stepfather in the temple and carves a symbol into the corpse's forehead in imitation of a comic book, district attorney Seymour Markley launches a grand jury investigation into the murder and its causes, an investigation that could implicate east coast crime boss James Manning and end his thirty-year career. Also potentially implicated: the comic book's creator, Eugene Dahl, who now spends his mornings working as a milkman and his evenings warming bar stools. Threatening notes begin appearing nailed to his front door, notes that draw him to a downtown hotel where one of the district attorney's witnesses, one of the men who could bring down James Manning, is being held. There, Eugene finds the witness murdered, as well as the police officer charged with protecting him; and he finds himself framed for those murders. He's forced to go on the run, and, in order to clear his name, to devise a plan that involves deeds far worse than anything he's been framed for. And he must commit those deeds with the police right behind him.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 545 KB
  • Print Length: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (19 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0089YAR5C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #227,350 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ryan David Jahn grew up in Arizona, Texas, and California. He finished school at sixteen, worked several odd jobs, and spent time in the army before moving to Los Angeles, where he worked in television and film for several years.

He published his first novel, the CWA John Creasey Dagger winning Acts of Violence, in 2009, and has since published three others, Low Life, The Dispatcher, which was long-listed for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, and The Last Tomorrow. Translation rights to his works have been sold in twelve languages.

He now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with his wife Jessica, a beautiful four year old named Matilda, and two dogs, Truman and Paul.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent novel 30 Sep 2012
By OEJ TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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April 1952. Los Angeles. After thirteen-year-old Sandy Duncan shoots his stepfather in the temple and carves a symbol into the corpse's forehead in imitation of a comic book, district attorney Seymour Markley launches a grand jury investigation into the murder and its causes; an investigation that could implicate east coast crime boss James 'The Man' Manning and end his thirty-year career...

Former comic book creator Eugene Dahl, who now spends his mornings working as a milkman and his evenings drinking in bars, is potentially implicated in a murder. Threatening notes begin appearing nailed to his front door, notes that draw him to a downtown hotel where one of the district attorney's witnesses, one of the men who could bring down James Manning, is being held. There, Eugene finds the witness murdered, as well as the police officer charged with protecting him - and he finds himself framed for those murders. He's forced to go on the run, and, in order to clear his name, to devise a plan that involves deeds far worse than anything he's been framed for. And he must commit those deeds with the police right behind him.

I enjoyed all three of Jahn's first novels (like this, all stand-alones), but this one is probably the best yet. It kind of reminds me of those James Ellroy tales set in L.A. of the forties and fifties, but with a bit of a humourous angle. Jahn has his own style, however, and it's a refreshingly welcome one amid a sea of mediocrity within this genre. This is much, much better than the 'best selling novels' that seem to get big publicity and hundreds of reviews here on Amazon; if I can pick out a couple of examples, I'd mention
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5.0 out of 5 stars More please 15 Mar 2014
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A great page turner. Well written and very thought provoking. We need more new books by this author! Thank you.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Confused.com 29 Jan 2014
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First of all, James Ellroy it's not. It shares nothing with the Demon Dog except the venue and the era. James Ellroy is a masterful writer who has taken the Noir crime genre and made it high art. Jahn, on the other hand has created a tribute to 50's pulp crime fiction by recreating it verbatim, but with descriptions of sex and violence more in keeping with modern fiction. It's certainly readable, but having not read any of his other books, it comes across as very naive and even embarrassingly poorly written at times. That said, if it is meant to be true to its influences, and knowingly written in this way, it is quite impressively accurate.

Being someone who finds old black and white movies corny on the whole, books written in this way don't really float my boat. Saying that, it was easy to get through, and I didn't really consider not completing it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 4 Dec 2013
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This book is more directed than written. Very polished and stylish. I love Jahn's use of language. Very vivid descriptions that really bring the story to life
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