Friday, December 20, 2019

The top ten noir novels of 2019

One title on the CrimeReads list of the year's best and bleakest hard-boiled reads:
Patrick Coleman, The Churchgoer (Harper Perennial)

Patrick Coleman combines evangelical malpractice, noirish cynicism, and seedy southern California underworlds in this debut novel. When Mark Haines, a former youth pastor who has succumbed to a more hedonistic life, meets a young drifter who seems inauspiciously connected to a failed robbery, he suddenly finds himself captivated by the young woman, following her trail into the depths of California drug trade and straight into the Evangelical megachurch of his past. With a palpable nod to Raymond Chandler, this forceful mystery is an exploration of religion, responsibility, and the inverted forces at play in the modern world.
Read about another entry on the list.

My Book, The Movie: The Churchgoer.

The Page 69 Test: The Churchgoer.

--Marshal Zeringue