The Painted Gun

The Painted Gun

"The Painted Gun is hardboiled like they don't make anymore. Whiplash twists, razor-sharp prose, an addictive narrative--I couldn't read it fast enough."--Rob Hart, author of South Village"With a plot that winds up like a Swiss watch and then explodes like an RPG, Bradley Spinelli's The Painted Gun pays off in every way a reader of noir fiction wants it to, and provides a...

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Title:The Painted Gun
Author:Bradley Spinelli
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ISBN:1617754986
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:268 pages

The Painted Gun Reviews

  • Melisende d'Outremer
    Jan 20, 2017
    Where does one begin?? Heart-pumping read with more twists and turns than a carnival ride. Just when you think you've got a hold of the plot, a white rabbit appears, and you chase it down a seemingly unrelated rabbit-hole.The case - a missing girl - straight-forward story line - find the girl, solve...
  • Allen Pasternak
    Jan 28, 2017
    This is an outstanding novel by an author well worth watching. Spinelli admits his Chandler influence, and that's blatantly obvious in his prose. But this is a rare example of that not coming off as parody. It's the real thing!!! Few writers are able to breathe life into characters as thoroughly as ...
  • Diana
    Jan 31, 2017
    A ‘Thank You’ to Akashic Books for this advance reading copy of THE PAINTED GUN by Bradley Spinelli.A noir mystery. Very gritty, crisp, classic-style narrative. Very atmospheric - exudes a great sense of place (in both California and Guatemala). Unpredictable, deranged, shady characters. A...
  • K
    Mar 17, 2017
    Loved it! Itchy Crane is a great character, reminding me Junior Bender and Travis McGee and Elvis Cole...all the fringe-of-society gumshoes and finders of lost things or people. I found Painted to be a little more complicated and I wasn't able to breeze through, which is not a bad thing. Resourceful...
  • Jen
    Feb 10, 2017
    Here's a guy who has gone from job to job, sometimes due to a lack of caring, other times due to negligence from himself and those around him. David "Itchy" has had bad things constantly happen and he's been wound up one too many times, leading him to be pessimistic about everything and everyone. No...
  • Vera
    Feb 15, 2017
    I received an ARC of this book from Akashic Books, and I'm very glad I got a chance to read it. It is a super quick read; it is fast-paced and fun, and it keeps you guessing until the end! I enjoyed the twists and turns in the plot, and the relationships between the characters turned out to not be w...
  • Patricia Zashkoff
    Feb 22, 2017
    I gave this book 4 stars because I really enjoyed it. The story and the tone is reminiscent of the 1940's detective stories and movies that are timeless. The main character, Itchy, is an ex cop who is now an information broker. This is a PI. Someone gives him a case of a missing woman who happens to...
  • Miriam Downey
    Mar 10, 2017
    Read my full review here: http://mimi-cyberlibrarian.blogspot.c... In order to truly appreciate The Painted Gun by Bradley Spinelli, you need to be aware of the definition of "noir" fiction. An article in Huffington Post suggests that the protagonist in a noir novel is a loser, "as the life that awa...
  • Sunil
    Apr 09, 2017
    After participating in a fun City Lights book release event in which I reenacted a scene from this book in front of the author himself, I wanted to read it and find out what happened to my character. Maybe he got a happy ending! (This is noir. No one gets a happy ending.)The Painted Gun is set in Sa...
  • Col
    Apr 19, 2017
    Synopsis/blurb......It's 1997 at the dawn of the digital age in San Francisco. Ex-journalist and struggling alcoholic David "Itchy" Crane's fledgling "information consultancy" business is getting slowly buried by bad luck, bad decisions, and the growing presence of the Internet. Before Itchy can com...