"[In] this difficult and delightfully spectacular crime novel...Spinelli deftly segues from one style to another--from hard-boiled noir to paranoid mystery, puzzle secret (with each riddle logically explained), undercover agent caper, and finally to whatever evocative of Bogart and Bacall. Spinelli is well a expertise to watch."
"An unofficial San Francisco shamus whose story is decided in 1997 yet whose middle is caught in 1947 hunts for the world's such a lot elusive lacking person...'I retain assembly those that finally end up dead,' aptly observes the narrator/hero...If you would like extra the place that got here from, Spinelli is your man."
"Treasure the interesting secret and its haunting solution."
"A neat little post-modern mash-up of Chandler and Hammett...[Spinelli's] bought wit and magnificence up the wazoo."
"You can think the guy that wrote that learn his Chandler and perhaps his Macdonald as well."
"A enjoyable romp of an old-school detective novel with a couple of post-modern tweaks. it truly is packed with fist fights, shoot outs, and clever cracks, taking a number of odd twists that turn out time and again to be poignant."
"A vintage noir...Spinelli manages to maintain us on our toes."
"A incredible learn, lots of twists and turns...Highly recommended."
--Col's legal Library
"It's vintage noir with a bit expertise that becomes a world mystery. although it is a harmful jump blending either genres, writer Bradley Spinelli succeedsThe Painted Gun will retain readers hooked at each page."
"One of the simplest points of The Painted Gun is its experience of position. The seedier aspects of San Francisco are delivered to existence with all of the anticipated characters...A significant diversion."
--Confessions of a Cyberlibrarian
"An interesting read."
--Life in the Pages
"The Painted Gun is hardboiled like they do not make anymore. Whiplash twists, razor-sharp prose, an addictive narrative--I could not learn it speedy enough."
--Rob Hart, writer of South Village
It's 1997 on the sunrise of the electronic age in San Francisco. Ex-journalist and suffering alcoholic David "Itchy" Crane's fledgling "information consultancy" enterprise is getting slowly buried by means of undesirable success, undesirable judgements, and the growing to be presence of the web. prior to he can thoroughly self-destruct, a personal investigator bargains him fifty grand to discover a lacking lady named Ashley. Crane takes the task as the money’s correct and as the in basic terms clue to her disappearance is a dead-on oil portrait of Crane himself--painted by way of the mysterious lacking lady whom he hasn't ever met. As Crane's look for Ashley turns into an obsession, he stumbles upon a chain of murders for which he starts off to worry he is being framed...
With pitch-perfect discussion, an exquisitely crafted plot, and a stylized, deadpan nod to vintage hard-boiled writers like James Ellroy, Elmore Leonard, and Dashiell Hammett, The Painted Gun introduces Bradley Spinelli as a strength to be reckoned with in modern noir fiction.