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- File Size: 3848 KB
- Print Length: 250 pages
- Publisher: Wild Wolf Publishing (27 Feb. 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007EQTV3K
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- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #862,003 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It's old school charm, and when Black Shadows opens, you immediately fall in love with the characters, and the chivalry of Errol Black with the damsel in distress. A Damsel any man would give two fingers off either hand to have all to himself.
So, this is what I expected when I opened up the Casablanca Case. Well surprise, this is very different.
This follows Errol Black back to Casablanca to solve the murder of his trusted ally and friend Hermeez. This time I felt like Errol had Columbo moments. If he'd walked into the room I would have taken two steps back. He's grubby, sweaty, and tired. He's running up dead end after dead end and chasing his tail.
Now make no mistake, this book opens with such a wide open *got your attention now* scene, that you have to keep reading to see just what the heck is going on.
And yet as the story unfolds, I have to say it has the exact same flavour in this book as Pulp Fiction. It's ruthless but lovable. The good looking bad guys, the bad looking good guys, the two timing damsel who has everyone in her pockets, and the poor heartbroken broad's left pining for the dead man (including a broad who ain't a broad).
Naturally the love interest is married to a great big caloot of a thug, dressed in expensive suits and running the town; every bar has big breasted women with Chanel red lips, and your vision starts morphing between Pulp Fiction, Columbo, and Sin City.
That's how this reads. It's got that classic flavour to it. It's a distinctive style. It's unhurried, it's methodical, and the action is messy. There's sex, there's tired detectives getting their aging asses kicked, there's love that won't die no matter how many times they pull the trigger, and it's all set in a world full of glamour hiding a seedy underbelly. I did enjoy the fact that this read like Pulp Fiction (one of my all time favourite movies) - and I have to say that even though the Casablanca Case is no Black Shadows, it stands alone, as a good read that will take you back in time, and leave you pining for a good dose of Butch mingled with 007.
Anyone who likes a good PI book, in the style of the 50's authors will not be disappointed. I do have to add though that there is a strong adult theme in this book with a lot of adult content. This is not usually something I would like in a book but it does fit well in this one due to the nature of the storyline. I would highly recommended this book but it is not for the easily offended.
by SIMON SWIFT
Reading one of Simon Swifts' novels is a bit like meeting up with an old friend. Errol Black is one of my favourite fictional characters, and this time he is down in Casablanca solving yet another case.
Explosive openings are becoming a trade mark of Simon Swift and the Casablanca Case is no exception.
Two teenagers are copulating in sand dunes on a beach lost in their own needs. A little way off men are being assassinated with silencer fitted .45's where they sleep.
As we move on in the story Errol is in the morgue about to take a look at the body of his oldest friend Hermeez Wentz. His courage comes from smoking several lungful's of a `lucky' before he pulls back the sheet.
The death is filed under a burglary gone wrong, but Errol knows better than that and is determined to prove otherwise with or without the help of the local Police....
If you love a real good crime mystery you will love The Casablanca Case, the sequel to Black Shadows. There are several murders, a very good sprinkling of eroticism in the storyline and the appearance of a past love interest which also heats up the pages.
This is the second novel I've read in the series convinced I had sussed out the outcome only to be outwitted once again by the superb writing of Simon Swift.
If you love Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammet and the like, you will love The Casablanca Case.
For me, both Black Shadows and The Casablanca Case have the potential of becoming blockbuster films. Liquid gold seems to just drip from every page written by Simon Swift.
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