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...

  • K
    Mar 17, 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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Quality hardboiled stuff, crisply written and delightfully paced set against an all-too-rare well realized San Francisco backdrop. Damn I miss the Empress of China. But I do have to ding it a star for the wrap up/final chapter mess of CIA conspiracies. If you really read the Bay Gua...

    The Painted Gun by Bradley Spinelli came highly recommended by a friend and she was right! I became involved with Itchy, the main character, from the very start and had a hard time putting the book down until I finished it. I don?t know San Francisco well, but my friend who does, say...

    Bradley Spinelli's "The Painted Gun" shows the extent an agency will go to frame a man for murder and then kills everyone, who knows too much. The story is excellent, but has with it a needless last chapter. ...

    Although dark I had a great time reading this! I was completely absorbed and even made me laugh! Good one!! ...

    This book is a little ridiculous in places and plays more like a caricature of noir than an homage sometimes, but it was fun to read. Interesting plot. ...

    This was a great book. I enjoyed it very much. Felt so much like the Pulps of the 40's and 50's. ...

    Amazing talent A real page Turner. I Loved it from beginning to end. Can't wait for next one written for moms. . ...

    This book was recommended to me at the library so I gave it a go; unfortunately, it turned out to not be a good fit for me. ...

    this is tough guy noir fiction at its best. I couldn't put down the book. what a fantastic surprise. ...

    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 thin...

  • 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...

  • John Marr
    Dec 26, 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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Quality hardboiled stuff, crisply written and delightfully paced set against an all-too-rare well realized San Francisco backdrop. Damn I miss the Empress of China. But I do have to ding it a star for the wrap up/final chapter mess of CIA conspiracies. If you really read the Bay Gua...

  • 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...

  • Patricia Zashkoff
    Feb 22, 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...

    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...

    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 ...

  • 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...

  • Jeremy
    Oct 31, 2016

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Quality hardboiled stuff, crisply written and delightfully paced set against an all-too-rare well realized San Francisco backdrop. Damn I miss the Empress of China. But I do have to ding it a star for the wrap up/final chapter mess of CIA conspiracies. If you really read the Bay Gua...

    The Painted Gun by Bradley Spinelli came highly recommended by a friend and she was right! I became involved with Itchy, the main character, from the very start and had a hard time putting the book down until I finished it. I don?t know San Francisco well, but my friend who does, say...

    Bradley Spinelli's "The Painted Gun" shows the extent an agency will go to frame a man for murder and then kills everyone, who knows too much. The story is excellent, but has with it a needless last chapter. ...

    Although dark I had a great time reading this! I was completely absorbed and even made me laugh! Good one!! ...

    This book is a little ridiculous in places and plays more like a caricature of noir than an homage sometimes, but it was fun to read. Interesting plot. ...

    This was a great book. I enjoyed it very much. Felt so much like the Pulps of the 40's and 50's. ...

    Amazing talent A real page Turner. I Loved it from beginning to end. Can't wait for next one written for moms. . ...

    This book was recommended to me at the library so I gave it a go; unfortunately, it turned out to not be a good fit for me. ...

    this is tough guy noir fiction at its best. I couldn't put down the book. what a fantastic surprise. ...

    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 thin...

    An ex-journalists, David "Itchy" Crane, receives a call from a LA investigator, McCaffrey to investigate missing person case of Ashley. To enhance Itchy's interest to take the case, he advances $25,000, with not much information to go on, other than her name and the paintings of himsel...

    Thank you to Goodreads for the free ARC of this book. It is patterned after film noir films. The year is 1997 and David, 'Itchy' Crane is an information consultant, aka a low level detective who was one a thriving investigative reporter. He lives in San Francisco and in many ways, the ...

    I miss noir. But James. M. Cain and Dashiell Hammett have been dead for years, so...what are you going to do? In the case of Bradley Spinelli...you write a new one - but rather than stay in that 30's and 40's era, he has updated the setting to 1997 - giving us a fresh take on an old ge...

  • Marylou Mclean
    Sep 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Quality hardboiled stuff, crisply written and delightfully paced set against an all-too-rare well realized San Francisco backdrop. Damn I miss the Empress of China. But I do have to ding it a star for the wrap up/final chapter mess of CIA conspiracies. If you really read the Bay Gua...

    The Painted Gun by Bradley Spinelli came highly recommended by a friend and she was right! I became involved with Itchy, the main character, from the very start and had a hard time putting the book down until I finished it. I don?t know San Francisco well, but my friend who does, say...

    Bradley Spinelli's "The Painted Gun" shows the extent an agency will go to frame a man for murder and then kills everyone, who knows too much. The story is excellent, but has with it a needless last chapter. ...

    Although dark I had a great time reading this! I was completely absorbed and even made me laugh! Good one!! ...

    This book is a little ridiculous in places and plays more like a caricature of noir than an homage sometimes, but it was fun to read. Interesting plot. ...

    This was a great book. I enjoyed it very much. Felt so much like the Pulps of the 40's and 50's. ...

    Amazing talent A real page Turner. I Loved it from beginning to end. Can't wait for next one written for moms. . ...

  • Miriam Downey
    Mar 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...

    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...

  • J.R. Forasteros
    Nov 30, 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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Quality hardboiled stuff, crisply written and delightfully paced set against an all-too-rare well realized San Francisco backdrop. Damn I miss the Empress of China. But I do have to ding it a star for the wrap up/final chapter mess of CIA conspiracies. If you really read the Bay Gua...

    The Painted Gun by Bradley Spinelli came highly recommended by a friend and she was right! I became involved with Itchy, the main character, from the very start and had a hard time putting the book down until I finished it. I don?t know San Francisco well, but my friend who does, say...

    Bradley Spinelli's "The Painted Gun" shows the extent an agency will go to frame a man for murder and then kills everyone, who knows too much. The story is excellent, but has with it a needless last chapter. ...

    Although dark I had a great time reading this! I was completely absorbed and even made me laugh! Good one!! ...

    This book is a little ridiculous in places and plays more like a caricature of noir than an homage sometimes, but it was fun to read. Interesting plot. ...

    This was a great book. I enjoyed it very much. Felt so much like the Pulps of the 40's and 50's. ...

    Amazing talent A real page Turner. I Loved it from beginning to end. Can't wait for next one written for moms. . ...

    This book was recommended to me at the library so I gave it a go; unfortunately, it turned out to not be a good fit for me. ...

    this is tough guy noir fiction at its best. I couldn't put down the book. what a fantastic surprise. ...

  • 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...

  • Sandra Hurlbert
    Aug 25, 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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Quality hardboiled stuff, crisply written and delightfully paced set against an all-too-rare well realized San Francisco backdrop. Damn I miss the Empress of China. But I do have to ding it a star for the wrap up/final chapter mess of CIA conspiracies. If you really read the Bay Gua...

    The Painted Gun by Bradley Spinelli came highly recommended by a friend and she was right! I became involved with Itchy, the main character, from the very start and had a hard time putting the book down until I finished it. I don?t know San Francisco well, but my friend who does, say...

    Bradley Spinelli's "The Painted Gun" shows the extent an agency will go to frame a man for murder and then kills everyone, who knows too much. The story is excellent, but has with it a needless last chapter. ...

    Although dark I had a great time reading this! I was completely absorbed and even made me laugh! Good one!! ...

    This book is a little ridiculous in places and plays more like a caricature of noir than an homage sometimes, but it was fun to read. Interesting plot. ...

    This was a great book. I enjoyed it very much. Felt so much like the Pulps of the 40's and 50's. ...

    Amazing talent A real page Turner. I Loved it from beginning to end. Can't wait for next one written for moms. . ...

    This book was recommended to me at the library so I gave it a go; unfortunately, it turned out to not be a good fit for me. ...

    this is tough guy noir fiction at its best. I couldn't put down the book. what a fantastic surprise. ...

    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 thin...

    An ex-journalists, David "Itchy" Crane, receives a call from a LA investigator, McCaffrey to investigate missing person case of Ashley. To enhance Itchy's interest to take the case, he advances $25,000, with not much information to go on, other than her name and the paintings of himsel...

    Thank you to Goodreads for the free ARC of this book. It is patterned after film noir films. The year is 1997 and David, 'Itchy' Crane is an information consultant, aka a low level detective who was one a thriving investigative reporter. He lives in San Francisco and in many ways, the ...

    I miss noir. But James. M. Cain and Dashiell Hammett have been dead for years, so...what are you going to do? In the case of Bradley Spinelli...you write a new one - but rather than stay in that 30's and 40's era, he has updated the setting to 1997 - giving us a fresh take on an old ge...

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  • Wolf Irrsiegler
    Jan 25, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Quality hardboiled stuff, crisply written and delightfully paced set against an all-too-rare well realized San Francisco backdrop. Damn I miss the Empress of China. But I do have to ding it a star for the wrap up/final chapter mess of CIA conspiracies. If you really read the Bay Gua...

    The Painted Gun by Bradley Spinelli came highly recommended by a friend and she was right! I became involved with Itchy, the main character, from the very start and had a hard time putting the book down until I finished it. I don?t know San Francisco well, but my friend who does, say...

    Bradley Spinelli's "The Painted Gun" shows the extent an agency will go to frame a man for murder and then kills everyone, who knows too much. The story is excellent, but has with it a needless last chapter. ...

    Although dark I had a great time reading this! I was completely absorbed and even made me laugh! Good one!! ...

    This book is a little ridiculous in places and plays more like a caricature of noir than an homage sometimes, but it was fun to read. Interesting plot. ...

    This was a great book. I enjoyed it very much. Felt so much like the Pulps of the 40's and 50's. ...

    Amazing talent A real page Turner. I Loved it from beginning to end. Can't wait for next one written for moms. . ...

    This book was recommended to me at the library so I gave it a go; unfortunately, it turned out to not be a good fit for me. ...

    this is tough guy noir fiction at its best. I couldn't put down the book. what a fantastic surprise. ...

    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 thin...

    An ex-journalists, David "Itchy" Crane, receives a call from a LA investigator, McCaffrey to investigate missing person case of Ashley. To enhance Itchy's interest to take the case, he advances $25,000, with not much information to go on, other than her name and the paintings of himsel...

    Thank you to Goodreads for the free ARC of this book. It is patterned after film noir films. The year is 1997 and David, 'Itchy' Crane is an information consultant, aka a low level detective who was one a thriving investigative reporter. He lives in San Francisco and in many ways, the ...

    I miss noir. But James. M. Cain and Dashiell Hammett have been dead for years, so...what are you going to do? In the case of Bradley Spinelli...you write a new one - but rather than stay in that 30's and 40's era, he has updated the setting to 1997 - giving us a fresh take on an old ge...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • Jess
    Dec 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Quality hardboiled stuff, crisply written and delightfully paced set against an all-too-rare well realized San Francisco backdrop. Damn I miss the Empress of China. But I do have to ding it a star for the wrap up/final chapter mess of CIA conspiracies. If you really read the Bay Gua...

    The Painted Gun by Bradley Spinelli came highly recommended by a friend and she was right! I became involved with Itchy, the main character, from the very start and had a hard time putting the book down until I finished it. I don?t know San Francisco well, but my friend who does, say...

    Bradley Spinelli's "The Painted Gun" shows the extent an agency will go to frame a man for murder and then kills everyone, who knows too much. The story is excellent, but has with it a needless last chapter. ...

    Although dark I had a great time reading this! I was completely absorbed and even made me laugh! Good one!! ...

    This book is a little ridiculous in places and plays more like a caricature of noir than an homage sometimes, but it was fun to read. Interesting plot. ...

    This was a great book. I enjoyed it very much. Felt so much like the Pulps of the 40's and 50's. ...

    Amazing talent A real page Turner. I Loved it from beginning to end. Can't wait for next one written for moms. . ...

    This book was recommended to me at the library so I gave it a go; unfortunately, it turned out to not be a good fit for me. ...

  • Dan Leblanc
    Mar 02, 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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Quality hardboiled stuff, crisply written and delightfully paced set against an all-too-rare well realized San Francisco backdrop. Damn I miss the Empress of China. But I do have to ding it a star for the wrap up/final chapter mess of CIA conspiracies. If you really read the Bay Gua...

    The Painted Gun by Bradley Spinelli came highly recommended by a friend and she was right! I became involved with Itchy, the main character, from the very start and had a hard time putting the book down until I finished it. I don?t know San Francisco well, but my friend who does, say...

    Bradley Spinelli's "The Painted Gun" shows the extent an agency will go to frame a man for murder and then kills everyone, who knows too much. The story is excellent, but has with it a needless last chapter. ...

    Although dark I had a great time reading this! I was completely absorbed and even made me laugh! Good one!! ...

    This book is a little ridiculous in places and plays more like a caricature of noir than an homage sometimes, but it was fun to read. Interesting plot. ...

    This was a great book. I enjoyed it very much. Felt so much like the Pulps of the 40's and 50's. ...

    Amazing talent A real page Turner. I Loved it from beginning to end. Can't wait for next one written for moms. . ...

    This book was recommended to me at the library so I gave it a go; unfortunately, it turned out to not be a good fit for me. ...

    this is tough guy noir fiction at its best. I couldn't put down the book. what a fantastic surprise. ...

    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 thin...

    An ex-journalists, David "Itchy" Crane, receives a call from a LA investigator, McCaffrey to investigate missing person case of Ashley. To enhance Itchy's interest to take the case, he advances $25,000, with not much information to go on, other than her name and the paintings of himsel...

  • Steve Hirsch
    Apr 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Quality hardboiled stuff, crisply written and delightfully paced set against an all-too-rare well realized San Francisco backdrop. Damn I miss the Empress of China. But I do have to ding it a star for the wrap up/final chapter mess of CIA conspiracies. If you really read the Bay Gua...

    The Painted Gun by Bradley Spinelli came highly recommended by a friend and she was right! I became involved with Itchy, the main character, from the very start and had a hard time putting the book down until I finished it. I don?t know San Francisco well, but my friend who does, say...

    Bradley Spinelli's "The Painted Gun" shows the extent an agency will go to frame a man for murder and then kills everyone, who knows too much. The story is excellent, but has with it a needless last chapter. ...

    Although dark I had a great time reading this! I was completely absorbed and even made me laugh! Good one!! ...

    This book is a little ridiculous in places and plays more like a caricature of noir than an homage sometimes, but it was fun to read. Interesting plot. ...

    This was a great book. I enjoyed it very much. Felt so much like the Pulps of the 40's and 50's. ...

    Amazing talent A real page Turner. I Loved it from beginning to end. Can't wait for next one written for moms. . ...

    This book was recommended to me at the library so I gave it a go; unfortunately, it turned out to not be a good fit for me. ...

    this is tough guy noir fiction at its best. I couldn't put down the book. what a fantastic surprise. ...

    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 thin...

    An ex-journalists, David "Itchy" Crane, receives a call from a LA investigator, McCaffrey to investigate missing person case of Ashley. To enhance Itchy's interest to take the case, he advances $25,000, with not much information to go on, other than her name and the paintings of himsel...

    Thank you to Goodreads for the free ARC of this book. It is patterned after film noir films. The year is 1997 and David, 'Itchy' Crane is an information consultant, aka a low level detective who was one a thriving investigative reporter. He lives in San Francisco and in many ways, the ...

    I miss noir. But James. M. Cain and Dashiell Hammett have been dead for years, so...what are you going to do? In the case of Bradley Spinelli...you write a new one - but rather than stay in that 30's and 40's era, he has updated the setting to 1997 - giving us a fresh take on an old ge...

    ...

  • Gloria Russell
    Nov 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Quality hardboiled stuff, crisply written and delightfully paced set against an all-too-rare well realized San Francisco backdrop. Damn I miss the Empress of China. But I do have to ding it a star for the wrap up/final chapter mess of CIA conspiracies. If you really read the Bay Gua...

    The Painted Gun by Bradley Spinelli came highly recommended by a friend and she was right! I became involved with Itchy, the main character, from the very start and had a hard time putting the book down until I finished it. I don?t know San Francisco well, but my friend who does, say...

    Bradley Spinelli's "The Painted Gun" shows the extent an agency will go to frame a man for murder and then kills everyone, who knows too much. The story is excellent, but has with it a needless last chapter. ...

    Although dark I had a great time reading this! I was completely absorbed and even made me laugh! Good one!! ...

    This book is a little ridiculous in places and plays more like a caricature of noir than an homage sometimes, but it was fun to read. Interesting plot. ...

  • Merry Miller moon
    Feb 23, 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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Quality hardboiled stuff, crisply written and delightfully paced set against an all-too-rare well realized San Francisco backdrop. Damn I miss the Empress of China. But I do have to ding it a star for the wrap up/final chapter mess of CIA conspiracies. If you really read the Bay Gua...

    The Painted Gun by Bradley Spinelli came highly recommended by a friend and she was right! I became involved with Itchy, the main character, from the very start and had a hard time putting the book down until I finished it. I don?t know San Francisco well, but my friend who does, say...

    Bradley Spinelli's "The Painted Gun" shows the extent an agency will go to frame a man for murder and then kills everyone, who knows too much. The story is excellent, but has with it a needless last chapter. ...

    Although dark I had a great time reading this! I was completely absorbed and even made me laugh! Good one!! ...

    This book is a little ridiculous in places and plays more like a caricature of noir than an homage sometimes, but it was fun to read. Interesting plot. ...

    This was a great book. I enjoyed it very much. Felt so much like the Pulps of the 40's and 50's. ...

    Amazing talent A real page Turner. I Loved it from beginning to end. Can't wait for next one written for moms. . ...

    This book was recommended to me at the library so I gave it a go; unfortunately, it turned out to not be a good fit for me. ...

    this is tough guy noir fiction at its best. I couldn't put down the book. what a fantastic surprise. ...

    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 thin...

    An ex-journalists, David "Itchy" Crane, receives a call from a LA investigator, McCaffrey to investigate missing person case of Ashley. To enhance Itchy's interest to take the case, he advances $25,000, with not much information to go on, other than her name and the paintings of himsel...

    Thank you to Goodreads for the free ARC of this book. It is patterned after film noir films. The year is 1997 and David, 'Itchy' Crane is an information consultant, aka a low level detective who was one a thriving investigative reporter. He lives in San Francisco and in many ways, the ...

  • Edward Smith
    Jun 13, 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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Quality hardboiled stuff, crisply written and delightfully paced set against an all-too-rare well realized San Francisco backdrop. Damn I miss the Empress of China. But I do have to ding it a star for the wrap up/final chapter mess of CIA conspiracies. If you really read the Bay Gua...

    The Painted Gun by Bradley Spinelli came highly recommended by a friend and she was right! I became involved with Itchy, the main character, from the very start and had a hard time putting the book down until I finished it. I don?t know San Francisco well, but my friend who does, say...

    Bradley Spinelli's "The Painted Gun" shows the extent an agency will go to frame a man for murder and then kills everyone, who knows too much. The story is excellent, but has with it a needless last chapter. ...

    Although dark I had a great time reading this! I was completely absorbed and even made me laugh! Good one!! ...

    This book is a little ridiculous in places and plays more like a caricature of noir than an homage sometimes, but it was fun to read. Interesting plot. ...

    This was a great book. I enjoyed it very much. Felt so much like the Pulps of the 40's and 50's. ...

    Amazing talent A real page Turner. I Loved it from beginning to end. Can't wait for next one written for moms. . ...

    This book was recommended to me at the library so I gave it a go; unfortunately, it turned out to not be a good fit for me. ...

    this is tough guy noir fiction at its best. I couldn't put down the book. what a fantastic surprise. ...

    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 thin...

    An ex-journalists, David "Itchy" Crane, receives a call from a LA investigator, McCaffrey to investigate missing person case of Ashley. To enhance Itchy's interest to take the case, he advances $25,000, with not much information to go on, other than her name and the paintings of himsel...

    Thank you to Goodreads for the free ARC of this book. It is patterned after film noir films. The year is 1997 and David, 'Itchy' Crane is an information consultant, aka a low level detective who was one a thriving investigative reporter. He lives in San Francisco and in many ways, the ...

    I miss noir. But James. M. Cain and Dashiell Hammett have been dead for years, so...what are you going to do? In the case of Bradley Spinelli...you write a new one - but rather than stay in that 30's and 40's era, he has updated the setting to 1997 - giving us a fresh take on an old ge...

    ...

    ...

  • 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 ...

  • Russell Howen
    Nov 26, 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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Quality hardboiled stuff, crisply written and delightfully paced set against an all-too-rare well realized San Francisco backdrop. Damn I miss the Empress of China. But I do have to ding it a star for the wrap up/final chapter mess of CIA conspiracies. If you really read the Bay Gua...

    The Painted Gun by Bradley Spinelli came highly recommended by a friend and she was right! I became involved with Itchy, the main character, from the very start and had a hard time putting the book down until I finished it. I don?t know San Francisco well, but my friend who does, say...

    Bradley Spinelli's "The Painted Gun" shows the extent an agency will go to frame a man for murder and then kills everyone, who knows too much. The story is excellent, but has with it a needless last chapter. ...

  • Joan Halperin
    Oct 08, 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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Quality hardboiled stuff, crisply written and delightfully paced set against an all-too-rare well realized San Francisco backdrop. Damn I miss the Empress of China. But I do have to ding it a star for the wrap up/final chapter mess of CIA conspiracies. If you really read the Bay Gua...

    The Painted Gun by Bradley Spinelli came highly recommended by a friend and she was right! I became involved with Itchy, the main character, from the very start and had a hard time putting the book down until I finished it. I don?t know San Francisco well, but my friend who does, say...

  • 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...

  • Shane
    May 29, 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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Quality hardboiled stuff, crisply written and delightfully paced set against an all-too-rare well realized San Francisco backdrop. Damn I miss the Empress of China. But I do have to ding it a star for the wrap up/final chapter mess of CIA conspiracies. If you really read the Bay Gua...

    The Painted Gun by Bradley Spinelli came highly recommended by a friend and she was right! I became involved with Itchy, the main character, from the very start and had a hard time putting the book down until I finished it. I don?t know San Francisco well, but my friend who does, say...

    Bradley Spinelli's "The Painted Gun" shows the extent an agency will go to frame a man for murder and then kills everyone, who knows too much. The story is excellent, but has with it a needless last chapter. ...

    Although dark I had a great time reading this! I was completely absorbed and even made me laugh! Good one!! ...

    This book is a little ridiculous in places and plays more like a caricature of noir than an homage sometimes, but it was fun to read. Interesting plot. ...

    This was a great book. I enjoyed it very much. Felt so much like the Pulps of the 40's and 50's. ...

  • 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...

  • MElanie LAplante
    Sep 07, 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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Quality hardboiled stuff, crisply written and delightfully paced set against an all-too-rare well realized San Francisco backdrop. Damn I miss the Empress of China. But I do have to ding it a star for the wrap up/final chapter mess of CIA conspiracies. If you really read the Bay Gua...

    The Painted Gun by Bradley Spinelli came highly recommended by a friend and she was right! I became involved with Itchy, the main character, from the very start and had a hard time putting the book down until I finished it. I don?t know San Francisco well, but my friend who does, say...

    Bradley Spinelli's "The Painted Gun" shows the extent an agency will go to frame a man for murder and then kills everyone, who knows too much. The story is excellent, but has with it a needless last chapter. ...

    Although dark I had a great time reading this! I was completely absorbed and even made me laugh! Good one!! ...

  • Larry Wolford
    Mar 12, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    Quality hardboiled stuff, crisply written and delightfully paced set against an all-too-rare well realized San Francisco backdrop. Damn I miss the Empress of China. But I do have to ding it a star for the wrap up/final chapter mess of CIA conspiracies. If you really read the Bay Gua...

    The Painted Gun by Bradley Spinelli came highly recommended by a friend and she was right! I became involved with Itchy, the main character, from the very start and had a hard time putting the book down until I finished it. I don?t know San Francisco well, but my friend who does, say...

    Bradley Spinelli's "The Painted Gun" shows the extent an agency will go to frame a man for murder and then kills everyone, who knows too much. The story is excellent, but has with it a needless last chapter. ...

    Although dark I had a great time reading this! I was completely absorbed and even made me laugh! Good one!! ...

    This book is a little ridiculous in places and plays more like a caricature of noir than an homage sometimes, but it was fun to read. Interesting plot. ...

    This was a great book. I enjoyed it very much. Felt so much like the Pulps of the 40's and 50's. ...

    Amazing talent A real page Turner. I Loved it from beginning to end. Can't wait for next one written for moms. . ...

    This book was recommended to me at the library so I gave it a go; unfortunately, it turned out to not be a good fit for me. ...

    this is tough guy noir fiction at its best. I couldn't put down the book. what a fantastic surprise. ...

    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 thin...

    An ex-journalists, David "Itchy" Crane, receives a call from a LA investigator, McCaffrey to investigate missing person case of Ashley. To enhance Itchy's interest to take the case, he advances $25,000, with not much information to go on, other than her name and the paintings of himsel...

    Thank you to Goodreads for the free ARC of this book. It is patterned after film noir films. The year is 1997 and David, 'Itchy' Crane is an information consultant, aka a low level detective who was one a thriving investigative reporter. He lives in San Francisco and in many ways, the ...

    I miss noir. But James. M. Cain and Dashiell Hammett have been dead for years, so...what are you going to do? In the case of Bradley Spinelli...you write a new one - but rather than stay in that 30's and 40's era, he has updated the setting to 1997 - giving us a fresh take on an old ge...

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    I thoroughly enjoyed this page turner. The character development was superb - you really got to know these people! There were several twists in the story and at the end of every chapter there was an element of suspense, so of course I had to keep reading. I hope to see the main charact...