Sunday 30 July 2023

Red Wind

       There was only one other customer, a souse on a bar stool with his back to the door. He had a pile of dimes stacked neatly in front of him, about two dollars worth. He was drinking straight rye in small glasses and he was all by himself in a world of his own.

Red Wind
Raymond Chandler

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Dick Whittington

Saturday 29 July 2023

On Noir Set #23


Devil in a Blue Dress

Asphalt Jungle

Godfather II

Key Largo

In the Mood for Love

Man with the Golden Arm

Night of the Hunter

Pulp Fiction

Once Upon a Time in America

They Shoot Horses Don't They

Touch of Evil

Rear Window

Reservoir Dogs

Lady from Shanghai

Taxi Driver

Third Man

Millers Crossing


Friday 28 July 2023

Thursday 27 July 2023

Grin and Walk

Don't ever quit. Never quit. Never show anybody you're hurt. Grin and walk through the canon smoke.

James Lee Burke

David Vestal

Wednesday 26 July 2023

Shadows by the Jukebox #3

The Grifters

Asphalt Jungle

Pulp Fiction


Anatomy of a Murder

Twin Peaks

Mildred Pierce (1945)


Mean Streets

Fallen Angel

Golden Glove


Tuesday 25 July 2023

Ordinary People

         ..... the books conjure the workaday rhythms and guilty secrets of Paris and small-town France. Simenon's is a world of second-class hotels and third-class railway carriages, of drifters, bargemen, tarts and luckless creditors. His interest was not in intellectuals or master criminals but in his beloved ordinary people - les petits gens. Ordinary people are driven to ordinary acts of violence and social outrage. Criminals look like us, Simenon seems to be saying. His motto "comprende et ne pas juger" (understand and judge not)

Ian Thomson
The Spectator