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 "The Painted Gun is hardboiled like they don't make anymore. Whiplash twists, razor-sharp prose, an addictive narrat...

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

The Painted Gun Reviews

  • Tony
    Jul 10, 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. Be...

    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 Painte...

    Loved the book. It's a quick read because the story line grabs your attention by the end of the first Chapter. I was curious to find out who Ashley is and how could she possible paint those personal scene of "Itchy". The need to know drove me through this story. The time line was fun t...

    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 o...

    What a read! Itchy kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Great gum shoe dialog and word play. Admittedly I am from San Francisco so I thoroughly enjoyed remembering the City's locations. But you don't need to know SF to enjoy this fast-paced plot that honors the hard-boiled de...

    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 - fi...

    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 cha...

    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 ...

    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 an...

    Set in the dawn of the San Francisco Bay-area tech boom some twenty years ago, this has a lot of the tone and mood of a much older pulp crime novel. I picked it up mainly for the San Francisco setting (I lived there for about two years in the early 2000s) and the first chapter hooked m...

  • Peggy
    Sep 11, 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. Be...

    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 Painte...

    Loved the book. It's a quick read because the story line grabs your attention by the end of the first Chapter. I was curious to find out who Ashley is and how could she possible paint those personal scene of "Itchy". The need to know drove me through this story. The time line was fun t...

  • Tamsen
    Aug 04, 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. Be...

    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 Painte...

    Loved the book. It's a quick read because the story line grabs your attention by the end of the first Chapter. I was curious to find out who Ashley is and how could she possible paint those personal scene of "Itchy". The need to know drove me through this story. The time line was fun t...

    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 o...

    What a read! Itchy kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Great gum shoe dialog and word play. Admittedly I am from San Francisco so I thoroughly enjoyed remembering the City's locations. But you don't need to know SF to enjoy this fast-paced plot that honors the hard-boiled de...

  • Melisende d'Outremer
    Jan 20, 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. Be...

    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 Painte...

    Loved the book. It's a quick read because the story line grabs your attention by the end of the first Chapter. I was curious to find out who Ashley is and how could she possible paint those personal scene of "Itchy". The need to know drove me through this story. The time line was fun t...

    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 o...

    What a read! Itchy kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Great gum shoe dialog and word play. Admittedly I am from San Francisco so I thoroughly enjoyed remembering the City's locations. But you don't need to know SF to enjoy this fast-paced plot that honors the hard-boiled de...

    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 - fi...

  • Diana
    Jan 31, 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. Be...

    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 Painte...

    Loved the book. It's a quick read because the story line grabs your attention by the end of the first Chapter. I was curious to find out who Ashley is and how could she possible paint those personal scene of "Itchy". The need to know drove me through this story. The time line was fun t...

    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 o...

    What a read! Itchy kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Great gum shoe dialog and word play. Admittedly I am from San Francisco so I thoroughly enjoyed remembering the City's locations. But you don't need to know SF to enjoy this fast-paced plot that honors the hard-boiled de...

    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 - fi...

    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 cha...

  • Sunil
    Apr 09, 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. Be...

    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 Painte...

  • 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. Be...

  • Allen Pasternak
    Jan 28, 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. Be...

    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 Painte...

    Loved the book. It's a quick read because the story line grabs your attention by the end of the first Chapter. I was curious to find out who Ashley is and how could she possible paint those personal scene of "Itchy". The need to know drove me through this story. The time line was fun t...

    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 o...

    What a read! Itchy kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Great gum shoe dialog and word play. Admittedly I am from San Francisco so I thoroughly enjoyed remembering the City's locations. But you don't need to know SF to enjoy this fast-paced plot that honors the hard-boiled de...

    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 - fi...

    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 cha...

    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 ...

  • Vera
    Feb 15, 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. Be...

    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 Painte...

    Loved the book. It's a quick read because the story line grabs your attention by the end of the first Chapter. I was curious to find out who Ashley is and how could she possible paint those personal scene of "Itchy". The need to know drove me through this story. The time line was fun t...

    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 o...

  • JenLovesBooks
    Feb 10, 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. Be...

    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 Painte...

    Loved the book. It's a quick read because the story line grabs your attention by the end of the first Chapter. I was curious to find out who Ashley is and how could she possible paint those personal scene of "Itchy". The need to know drove me through this story. The time line was fun t...

    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 o...

    What a read! Itchy kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Great gum shoe dialog and word play. Admittedly I am from San Francisco so I thoroughly enjoyed remembering the City's locations. But you don't need to know SF to enjoy this fast-paced plot that honors the hard-boiled de...

    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 - fi...

    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 cha...

    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 ...

    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 an...