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American Independent Writer, Storyteller of Fiction. Enjoys writing short stories ranging in the pulp variety, suspense, action, and occasionally will delve into fantasy, supernatural, and fairy tales.
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C J Evans
on Dec. 19, 2011 :
Call it hard-boiled. Call it pulp fiction; just don't call it noir. That's what Mike Whitacre said to me when I accepted the free copy of Injury Inn to review. That was about two months ago. Two months of sleepless nights and sitting up until late nursing a half bottle of Jack with a filter tip glued to my lip. That's what Injury Inn and the two other short stories (Hellish Hype and Delicious Date) in this collection can do to a man.
Injury Inn is a faithful representation of the genre. Almost from the minute I started reading I went to a stock black and white image of a dusty office with the name Jameson Clyde stenciled on the door. I saw a world weary gumshoe with a craggy face and the scars of another night poking his nose into places it wasn't wanted. Whitacre does an excellent job of setting up the atmosphere and the first person narration is in the style of Chandler and Hamnett. You could easily imagine Philip Marlowe and Jameson Clyde sitting down and chewing the fat over a bottle of Scotch (that is if they didn't start fighting each other first).
Most of the other staples are there too. The good-looking 'broad', the brutish henchmen and the weak, yet intelligent villains. For the most part the dialogue crackles with sarcastic wit and the prose generally is punchy and pacey. Sometimes too pacey. There are opportunities for Whitacre to expand on the characters through using dialogue - particularly the scene when Jameson and Matilda Silver are discussing likes and dislikes). I would also have like to see Matilda as being a little less perfect. I imagined that even though Jameson Cylde would be a ladies man, that there would be a frost between the two that needed to thaw. Although, the attraction between the two does prove to be a catalyst for some of Jameson's actions.
I don't want to give too much of the plot of each of these stories away, I like to leave that up to the reader. If you want to read something sharp, short and stylish, Injury Inn is a good starting point. You may also want to check out Mike Whitacre's other works Utility Union and Lady Buzz.
(review of free book)
on Nov. 28, 2011 :
Injury Inn is confusing. The first 66% was one story; when it ended another short episode started and then it reverted to the main character and a woman from the first story. Editing is poor, one example, feat used in place of feet, among others. Words are missing, sentence structure is poor. The story itself isn't bad if you can ignore the poor writing. I rate it 3.0 to 3.5.
(review of free book)