Reviewed by: BigAl
Genre: Short Story Collection/Noir
Approximate word count: 15-20,000 words
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A native of Chicago, Kirk Alex now lives in Los Angeles. He has a novel and another short story collection, which appear to only be available in paper editions.
“An anthology of powerful, caustic, original tales … about the ups, downs, and hard knocks of Hollywood's seamy underbelly.”
A collection of eight short stories, all told from the viewpoint of an LA cab driver who sees past the neon to expose us to the “seamy underbelly” of tinsel town. I would describe this as noir, because of its exploration of the dark side, but the protagonist doesn’t always have the typical amoral, unfeeling attitude of a noir hero, showing more compassion than usual for the genre, while also recognizing that he can’t change the world he inhabits. If you like noir, this is a worthy, engaging story collection.
Adult language and situations.
No significant issues.
Rating: **** Four stars