I’ll be upfront: I am a Christopher Moore fan. His book Lamb is one of the funniest and most inventive books I’ve ever read. When I saw that he had a new book out, I did a happy dance.
This is almost two books in one. One expects a bit of crazy and bizzaro from Mr. Moore’s books. The first half is (more or less) straight exposition. The story starts out with Sammy ‘Two Toes’ Tiffin tending bar at a run down gin joint in San Francisco. It’s just after the war. And as these stories tend to do, a dame walks in the bar, her name is Stilton (but Sammy calls her ‘the Cheese’).
The first part of the book is about the reader getting to know the main characters. I will say, there are many laugh out loud parts (at least for me). Just when you think this is going to be a (somewhat) traditional story…BAM. The Christopher Moore factor kicks in.
I don’t want to reveal too much – since the surprise is one of the factors of the story. I will say this, the second part of the book did not disappoint. Very funny.
The book definitely lives up to the title. It has a very noir feel to it – from the language to the scenery to the characters. You can almost smell the cigarette smoke and feel the clammy dampness of the fog rolling in.
I enjoyed this book a lot. If you are a Christopher Moore fan, or you like your fiction a bit on the absurd side, this is a book for you.
I gave it a 4/5 star rating on Goodreads.
Full disclosure: I received this eARC from Edelweiss for a fair and honest review. (Thanks Edelweiss!)