Noir Fatale

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A whodunit on a space station brings an old-school detective back to his roots. A young woman down on her luck finds herself in over her head at a sinister club. A lonely man is lured into a trap by a cagey monster. A rich client wants a supernatural PI to investigate why a baker managed to win the heart of her granddaughter’s husband-to-be. A woman discovers she’s been replaced by a duplicate.

Noir is an immensely charming style of fiction. It positively drips with atmosphere, slang, and rich characters. But noir is also difficult because it struggles when folded into other genres and forms of fiction. Noir has a particular flavor, and adding other ingredients can make it taste a bit off.

That’s part of what makes Noir Fatale such an ambitious endeavor. Whether the authors are adding fantasy elements or sci-fi elements to a noir tale, they’re risking sabotaging their own creation through these audacious acts of fusion. But, impressively, there are more hits than misses in the pages of Noir Fatale.

Yes, some of these stories just seem like detective stories in space, while others fully commit to the noir aspect — evoking the hardboiled thirties aesthetic despite the anachronistic elements — but for the most part, these new twists on the noir formula succeed, creating singular settings and engaging characters that make you want to see the mystery unfold.


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Author Edited By Larry Correia & Kacey Ezell
Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 336 pages
Publisher Baen
Publish Date 2019-05-07
ISBN 9781481483971
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Issue August 2019
Category Science Fiction & Fantasy
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