Red Planet Noir

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Michael Sheppard was the best private eye in New Orleans, and then his wife left him. He finds solace in the bottle and his career in the toilet. Nights at the casino pay the bills, until they don't, and leg breakers start knocking at the door, and knocking out his teeth.

When he's hired by a bombshell heiress to check out a murder on Mars,
it's a chance for a new start. But as the case unfolds, he makes enemies of cops and gangsters alike in ...

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Overview

Michael Sheppard was the best private eye in New Orleans, and then his wife left him. He finds solace in the bottle and his career in the toilet. Nights at the casino pay the bills, until they don't, and leg breakers start knocking at the door, and knocking out his teeth.

When he's hired by a bombshell heiress to check out a murder on Mars,
it's a chance for a new start. But as the case unfolds, he makes enemies of cops and gangsters alike in an investigation racing from stately mansions to smoke-filled speakeasies, from deserted ice colonies to mining towns on the asteroid belt.

All he wanted was a paycheck to clear some gambling debt. Now Michael is the key figure in a murder conspiracy that's left a vacuum in the halls of power, with the labor union, mob and military vying for control of Mars.

RED PLANET NOIR is for science fiction and hardboiled mystery fans alike. Living on Mars can be murder.

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FROM THE BACK COVER

When the phone rang, I was half-drunk, half-dressed, half-asleep, and half expecting it to be the phone company reminding me that the bill was past due. I didn't have any money because I didn't have any clients, and I wouldn't have any clients if they cut my line, which I had told them only last month and the month before that. They were becoming a nuisance.

So I pulled on a shirt that wasn't very dirty, but smelled of Scotch and strippers, my signature cologne, and pressed the Answer button. A figure flickered on the telephone screen. The phone company only hired brunettes, because that's what the owner liked to fool around with,
and only hired men, for the same reason. She was neither, and carried her curves as if to prove the point.

"Mike speaking," I said, fishing a lighter from my shirt pocket.

"Mike Sheppard, the private investigator?" she asked...

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780964167438
  • Publisher: Brown Street Press
  • Publication date: 11/20/2009
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.49 (d)

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  • Posted February 13, 2010

    Delicious prose

    As a follower of @dbgrady on Twitter, I bought Red Planet Noir expecting quit wit and wry humor. I was not disappointed. DB's prose, in the hardboiled fiction style, is spare and clean. His descriptions of the characters and action kept me laughing and eager for his next bon mot. If I underlined every sentence in this book that packs a punch, I'd go through a lot of pens! I loved Mike Sheppard--the tough-on-the-outside, marshmallow-on-the-inside main character--and hope to have many more adventures with him on whichever planet needs a wise-cracking, chain-smoking, booze-drinking PI.

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  • Posted January 5, 2010

    Red Planet Noir was written in the classic but currently seldom utilized Noir Fiction. This enabled the author to express subtle messages in a fascinating manner.

    This work is unique not only because of the chosen setting (Mars in the not too distant future) but also in the superlative language. Characters were generally quickly and exquisitely developed with the exception of the protagonist whom we got to understand in far greater detail. Though expectations were arranged for several players in the book to develop in certain ways, the reader was often quickly surprised at the 90 degree turns as each chapter evolved. This is an incredibly written book and, though this is the author's initial attempt at fiction, to my knowledge, I predict many more books in the future which will achieve extremely high acclaim.

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