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Casper Silk, author of the literary suspense novels HOTEL NOIR and ECHO YEAR, has been called "cagey and poetic" and compared to F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Mann, Graham Greene, P.D. James "on steroids" and J.G. Ballard.
Silk is the pseudonym of award-winning author Germaine Shames, whose works defy easy categorization, combining elements of literary and genre fiction, and straying from the straight-and-narrow of chronology into a kaleidoscopic striptease of the human soul.
on Sep. 14, 2012 :
Hotel Noir is most certainly a tale of sadness, loss, friendship and suspicion, murder and mystery. The languid heat, the jaded locals and fading glory of the old favorite hotel all combine to cloud the perspective of the reader as to how it is that our 'hero' Francis (an American author whose profile is apparently also somewhat jaded) fits in this strange landscape.
There was certainly more happening than met the eye - the little snippets of information that were left about the place like discarded glasses in the bar teased at the reader, imploring them to go on further into the morass that was this man's private life.
Intrigued to the end....
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)
on Aug. 28, 2012 :
A suspenseful literary novel that is refreshingly different and entirely engrossing. A stunner, start to finish!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Aug. 20, 2012 :
Hotel Noir. The only decent hotel on a small Caribbean island. The place is definitely in decay, but that hasn’t stopped Francis Stein, a controversial American author, from wintering there for twenty-five consecutive years. He seems to have settled in, also with the locals. He’s different from other tourists, he has what they call ‘an islander’s soul’. Why then is this man found stabbed to death on New Year’s Eve? Who did dit? Maybe “simply the natives’ way of controlling the tourist population. An occasional knifing tends to scare people off for a season or two.” Or is there more to it?
Intriguing questions that make this novel certainly a good read. The portrait of Francis as a man with a moral mission was as convincing as the evocation of the atmosphere of this tiny island with its ambivalent attitude towards tourists. I particularly liked the way how each chapter added another piece to the puzzle. Maybe I missed some humour, but what else can one expect in a novel with this title? Fans of the ‘noir’ genre will love this.
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)