The Night Men

The Night Men

by Keith Snyder
     
 

Jason Keltner, musician, makes it clearer than ever that he is also Jason Keltner, wannabe warrior whose bible is his treasured copy of The Night Men, a pulp fiction novel in which Tom Carter—p.i., latter-day knight-errant, and authentic hard guy—takes a bare-knuckles approach to moral ambiguity that Jason would love to emulate, if only he had the same…  See more details below

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Jason Keltner, musician, makes it clearer than ever that he is also Jason Keltner, wannabe warrior whose bible is his treasured copy of The Night Men, a pulp fiction novel in which Tom Carter—p.i., latter-day knight-errant, and authentic hard guy—takes a bare-knuckles approach to moral ambiguity that Jason would love to emulate, if only he had the same bare knuckles. But Jason’s no quitter. When the call for help comes in from his friend Zeb, proprietor of the Magic Music Shop, he rushes out instantly even though it’s the dead of an icy winter night, the Brooklyn Bridge is treacherous even for a foot crossing, and there’s nothing he can do to reverse the no-holds-barred vandalizing that has reduced Zeb’s shop to rubble. Is the trashing the mindless, homophobic hate crime that at first glance it seems? Or is it somehow uglier and more complex? Truly, it’s a case for intrepid Tom, whose motto, incidentally, is the unabashedly chivalric “when you can’t save yourself, save someone else.” Driven by healthy dollops from The Night Men, the story moves back and forth in time as Jason chases the answers.

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Editorial Reviews

Katy Munger
The Night Men stands as one of the best of 2001, despite its lack of formal award nominations. In it, Snyder took a true risk and penned a mystery novel without a murder, creating an homage to the form that featured a beautifully rendered book-within-a-book. By showing how his young characters are forever changed by their first experience with the hardboiled genre, Snyder vividly illustrated why crime fiction matters.
The Drowning Machine - Naomi Johnson
I'll just say it right up front, okay? I loved this book.

The innermost story is a crime novel called "The Night Men," an old pulp-style detective story about a man trying to save a mute child from the bad guys. Think Philip Marlowe, only tougher.

That novel is being read/shared by three teenage boys. The book becomes their road map to manhood as they begin to understand Sam Spade's dictate that when a man's parner is murdered, a man is supposed to do something about it.
Publishers Weekly - Anonymous
Quirky, whimsical and musical…The original adventure that brought the boys together and their current challenge are told in tandem with readings from a pulp novel of great importance to them. Snyder's approach to the mystery is highly original, and both his characters and the setting he creates are engaging and effective…might win cult status.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012509338
Publisher:
Typeflow
Publication date:
06/29/2011
Series:
Jason Keltner , #4
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Keith Snyder is an Angeleno in New York City.

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