While investigating the apparent suicide of a beautiful college student with a double life, detective John Blake finds his own life in danger when he makes a startling discovery that could blow the lid off New York City's sex trade.
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Brand: Hard Case Crime
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Hard Case Crime
Hard Case Crime
Hard Case Crime
Hard Case Crime
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I won't say anything about the storyline's details because these have been set out by other reviewers. Suffice to say that SoI grabbed me and kept me totally in its thrall all the way to the final heart-squeezing page. It's a knockout read and right in there as a defining surveyor's post of contemporary noir storytelling. Brilliant!
Compared to Little Girl Lost's predictability, SoI has all the intricacy of a Swiss watch - there's layer interwoven with layer and all along there are subtle clues about what is really going on with Dorrie Burke...if only you (and protagonist Blake) could see them in time. Blake's character is fully developed here as a loyal friend who is determined to do what is right for Dorrie - at no matter what personal cost. His angst is real and poignant. He is determined to the right thing for the right reason but, as they say, the road to Hell is paved with good intentions...
Aleas does a superb job with atmosphere and environmental...
I'm not sure how to classify SONGS OF INNOCENCE. It's easily classified hard-boiled, or it's not much of a stretch to have it by grab noir by the throat and strangle it. Either way, this book is one depressingly good read, filled with entertainment, action, and plenty of strong women and men. At some points, it even felt like a wrestling match was unfolding in my living room, and I found myself so engrossed in the story...well, let's just say I'm glad I don't have to think to breathe.
John Blake is the ultimate tragic hero, a man filled with enough demons to start a touring circus, and Richard Aleas takes full advantage of his disastrous circumstances. Susan proves the perfect companion for John, even if he's too blind to see it, and once she's no longer a wounded bird, he doesn't know to sustain the relationship. He's a fixer throughout his life, which makes him the quintessential PI, and this novel serves as the perfect backdrop for his life.
Noir is the literature of romantic nihilism. The lost, damaged and deranged wander American streets and countryside trying to recover from the blows of fate, many still holding on to the last vestiges of hope and decency in a world they never made that still holds pain and loss in store for those who have already had more than enough of both.
Such are the conventions of noir and pulp and Hard Case Crime brings those traditions into twenty-first century settings. It is a brilliant move, as are the lurid, retro covers. In Songs of Innocence, Richard Aleas returns to the mean streets of New York and the victims of the sex industry and his recurring character, John Blake. Here exploring massages with a happy ending and the women who provide them and are often forced to provide more by clients, bosses or circumstances. A classmate is dead in mysterious circumstances that look like a suicide, but this particular classmate was also Blake's lover and he knows that she didn't commit...
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