Madison Smartt Bell ~ Straight Cut

Making my way chronologically through the work of Madison Smartt Bell, I just finished reading an early work of his, Straight Cut, recently published as part of the great pulp/noir imprint, Hard Case Crime. A compulsive and compulsory read, this one’s an international crime procedural in the exacting and detailed style of the filmmaker, Jean-Pierre Melville: there’s enough great minutiae about film editing (the protagonist’s primary expertise) and drug smuggling (his 2nd) and martial arts.

I loved this book. The action is non-stop, and the denouement is put off til the very last pages; exquisite timing and some gorgeous writing all along the way.

Requisite reading.



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