Rated 3.50/5 based on 2 reviews
Montreal 1946. Jackie Robinson is playing for the Royals, the jazz clubs are hopping and the backrooms are full of people losing money at the barbotte tables.

Nat Lawson is home from the war working for the phone company and moonlighting running 'silent' lines for bookies when Leah Aidelbaum asks him to play private eye.
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About John McFetridge

John McFetridge is the author of the novels LET IT RIDE (St. Martins Press), EVERYBODY KNOWS THIS IS NOWHERE and DIRTY SWEET (Houghton Miflin Harcourt).

Bestselling novelist Ken Bruen said, “McFetridge channels Elmore Leonard at the height of his powers, with dialogue Quentin Tarantino would kill for.”

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Reviews of Barbotte by John McFetridge

Gavin Murphy reviewed on Oct. 11, 2013

This hard boiled dectective story is punchy throughout. A good story dealing with illegal gambling.
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Clair Roxanna reviewed on Dec. 10, 2012

It's short but a very good yarn. Several flaws, at the beginning Gerber has a dark blue Caddy and at the end he has a red one. Some of what should have been dialog was given as narrative. In my opinion that took away from the story. The editing is very bad. It's a shame because the plot is good.
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Benjamin Sobieck reviewed on Nov. 8, 2011
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"Barbotte" weaves the story of an illegal gambling operation trying to get its money back after being ripped off. John McFetridge provides a lesson in how much story you can cram into a tight space without getting anyone lost. This being a free read, I can't recommend it enough. I'd've paid for this one. And I will defend the author's writing style in this piece. The paragraph structure is classic noir. Pick up Raymond Chandler or Elmore Leonard to understand the approach McFetridge uses.
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