Saturday, October 3, 2009
Losers Live Longer (Payton Sherwood) by Russell Atwood
There's iPods, skateboards, computers but still this novel takes us back to the 1940's. Absolutely one of the best attempts of setting a Black Mask style story in the now we follow PI Payton Sherwood in his search for legendary PI George Rowell's killer. There's lot of sexy women crossing his path and Payton isn't always capable of resisting their charms. No Elvis Cole Payton is a down-on-his-luck kind of character, not an expert marksman or fighter, but not without a white knight quality.
Most of the fun in this one comes from the pulpy descriptions Russell / Payton gives us but I must admit the mystery is also not too bad. In fact, it's best to read this one in on or two days to make sure you don't lose track of the plot.
Hardcase Crime has published a real winner with this one, showing us the new pulps are every bit as good as the old ones they publish. Let's see more of this!