So much of crime fiction is connected to setting. Chandler had LA, Ian Rankin is synonymous with Edinburgh, and you can’t think of James Lee Burke without picturing a steamy Louisiana bayou. Our May 4th Noir At The Bar has guests that will take take you to West Texas, Mississippi,and early Sixties Germany.
Bruce Rehburg’s debut novel, November’s Shadow, introduces Army CID cop Steve Bodowski, who must solve the 1963 murder of a child outside his Gietsburg base while dealing with his own checkered past. Rehburg uses his own overseas experience, depicting the clash of U.S. and European cultures and drawing attention to the Nazism fresh in every one’s memory, to create a moody procedural. This will be Bruce’s first reading, so cheer him on. You can find November’s Shadow on our shelves, at Noir at the Bar, and via bookpeople.com. Can’t make it to the event? Pre-order a signed copy!
George Wier, a Noir At The Bar regular, will be introducing a new character as well as a deeper shade to his writing. Murder In Elysium features FBI agent-turned-West-Texas-sheriff Shane Robeling. When Benjamin LeFren returns to town after Shane helps to overturn his murder conviction, Shane takes him on as a ranch hand to protect him from the half of the populace who still believe he did it. As the sheriff observes Ben’s behavior up close and a new murder occurs in town, the sheriff sets to wondering about his own actions and LeFren’s doubtful innocence. Wier’s understanding of small town Texas allows the noir tropes to grow out of his setting’s ground. You can find Murder In Elysium on our shelves, at Noir at the Bar, and via bookpeople.com. Can’t make it to the event? Pre-order a signed copy!
Jamie Kornegay is another debut author. His novel, Soil, follows a failed young Mississippi farmer’s spiral into paranoia and violence after he discovers a body on his flood damaged farm. Kornegay combines Faulker’s southern Gothic with Jim Thompson’s psycho-noir, then dips it into his own unique voice for a truly fresh read.You can find Soil on our shelves, at Noir at the Bar, and via bookpeople.com. Can’t make it to the event? Pre-order a signed copy!
Jesse Sublett will take us back to Austin, reading from his true crime book 1960s Austin Gangsters, a wild romp with the larger-than-life criminals of Austin in the 1960s. His book has already sold out of its initial printing, and is on its second printing now. He will also be kicking off the show with some of his murder ballads. You can find 1960s Austin Gangsters on our shelves, at Noir at the Bar, and via bookpeople.com. Can’t make it to the event? Pre-order a signed copy!
The authors will hang around to mingle and their books will be on sale to be autographed. Join us at 7PM, Monday The 4th, at Opal Divine’s on 3601 South Congress and get to say you met these rising stars back when.