Reviewed by: BigAl
Genre: Noir/Crime Fiction
Approximate word count: 20-25,000 words
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Along with Chris Rhatigan, Mike Monson is the editor of the crime e-zine, All Due Respect. He and Rhatigan also jointly run the small publisher All Due Respect Books.
For more, visit Monson's website.
When I asked Google for a definition of the word noir, it came up with this:
A genre of crime film or fiction characterized by cynicism, fatalism, and moral ambiguity.
That definition nails it, at least when considering What Happens in Reno. I normally feel that a reader needs to like at least one of the main characters in a book and none of the people who inhabit this fast-paced tale are very likeable. Yet, I still enjoyed the read, wondering where the story was going, only sensing that it wasn't going to be a pretty ending. And boy, what an incredible ending it was. What Happens in Reno should hit the mark for noir and crime fiction fans.
Adult language and situations.
No significant issues.
Rating: ***** Five Stars