Noirville is an anthology of fifteen short stories that were pieced together through a short story competition in late 2017, whist they all fall into this category we do have tales of varying length, with the shortest being only three pages long, they all pack a punch though. There is a huge range of stories for you to get your teeth into. Many original takes on established tropes and some that just come out of leftfield. In the tradition of Fahrenheit though, they are all unashamedly noir. Each and every one is a perfectly formed slice of crime writing. So much so that I didn’t feel like I could review this book in my normal way, there is too big a risk that something or somebody gets missed, every writer has worked their socks off on these stories. So in celebration of #Fahrenbruary, I am going to review each story individually. Just a paragraph or so per tale, but ensuring that all get the recognition from me that they so deserve. I am going to publish these as a series of fifteen posts spaced throughout the month, I will combine them all into a single post when #Fahrenburay is all said and done. I hope you enjoy, and if you are so inclined the links to buy the book are below:
Assassin’s Day Off by Marc Sorondo
Following the story of a hitman with a conscience, Assassin’s Day Off is an intriguing take on the typical story of this kind. Our nameless lead has been dispatched to kill a woman who by pure chance had witnessed a mob hit and was willing to testify as such. This marked her card for death. Where the story gets interesting is how the assassin responds to the emotional impact of killing an innocent. Some series touch on this, Max Allan Collins Quary books to some extent, but Marc achieves more in this vein in his short wordcount than many longer stories do. I won’t say much more here as that would ultimately spoil the story.
As an opener for Noirville, this tale packs a real punch and sets up the tone of what’s to follow throughout. The writing is of a clipped classic pulp style that suits the character perfectly, all business and no flash. There are a number of stories in Noriville, this is the first of them, where I’d love to see the idea fleshed out further into a full novel or series.