lind-peinture
» » Dark Companion: A Novel

eBook Dark Companion: A Novel ePub

by Jim Nisbet

eBook Dark Companion: A Novel ePub
Author: Jim Nisbet
Language: English
ISBN: 1590202023
ISBN13: 978-1590202029
Publisher: The Overlook Press; Reprint edition (April 5, 2011)
Pages: 144
Category: Thrillers & Suspense
Subcategory: Thriller
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 576
Formats: txt doc lrf mobi
ePub file: 1866 kb
Fb2 file: 1982 kb

Jim Nisbet's novels are instant collectors' items. The dustjacket of DARK COMPANION is especially gorgeous and symbolically relevant to the text. This is a quick read, even though I made myself slow down to relish it, with just 144 pages and set in an easy-to-read font.

Jim Nisbet's novels are instant collectors' items. A small gem, and easily one of the best novels I've read this year. 9 people found this helpful.

San Francisco writer Jim Nisbet has published eleven novels, including the acclaimed Lethal Injection. He has also published five volumes of poetry. His novel, Dark Companion, was shorted-listed for the 2006 Hammett Prize. Various of his works have been translated into French, German, Japanese, Italian, Polish, Hungarian, Greek, Russian and Romanian. Aside from reading and performing his own work San Francisco writer Jim Nisbet has published eleven novels, including the acclaimed Lethal Injection.

A riveting new novel by the author of "Lethal Injection". After a visit to San Francisco's Tenderloin District, where pleasures are simple and cheap, Stanley Ahearn awakens to find himself zipped into a sleeping bag, left for dead. and missing a kidney. When he learns that there's something wrong with his remaining kidney, Stanley finds himself on the street with a new perspective: revenge.

0 5 Kirjailija: Jim Nisbet Lukija: Neil Shah. Acclaimed crime fiction writer Jim Nisbet sets forth a noir gem that lays bare the foibles of modern-day America with tremendous force. Saatavilla äänikirjana. Banerjhee Rolf, a bright, levelheaded Indian American scientist, is content to spend his days with his wife, tending his garden and studying his beloved astronomy.

Dark Companion: A Novel. ISBN 9781482912524 (978-1-4829-1252-4) Blackstone Audiobooks, 2013. Coauthors & Alternates.

Narrated by Neil Shah.

Book Format: Audiobook.

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Books. Mystery & Detective Books. Book Format: Audiobook. Banerjhee Rolf, a bright, levelheaded Indian Americanscientist, is content to spend his days with his wife, tending his garden andstudying his beloved astronomy. When Rolf ’s relationship with Toby Pride, his seedy,drug-dealing neighbor, and Pride’s stoner girlfriend takes a weirdturn, Rolf’s placid world is shattered and he becomes a fugitive from justice.

by. Nisbet, Jim. Publication date. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books.

his style has overtones of Walker Percy's smooth southern satin, but his characters-losers, grifters, con men-hark back to the days of James M. Cain's twisted images of morality," writes the Toronto Globe-Mail. In the tradition of Jim Thompson and Damon Runyon, Jim Nisbet is too good to miss and Windward Passage is a masterpiece that raises the bar even for a master like Nisbet.

Overlook continues its reissues of the incomparable Jim Nisbet¹s oeuvre with Dark Companion. Nisbet, the acclaimed noir writer from San Francisco captures the absurdities of present-day America with a rare pungency in this noir gem. Banerjhee Rolf, a bright, levelheaded Indian-American scientist, is content to spend his days with his wife, tending his garden and studying his beloved astronomy. When Rolf ¹s relationship with his seedy, drug-dealing neighbor, Toby Pride, and Pride¹s stoner girlfriend takes a weird turn, Rolf¹s placid world is shattered and he becomes a fugitive from justice. Crime, cosmology, politics, philosophy, physics and more enter into this cautionary tale, which climaxes with the suddenness of a cobra strike and then delivers a denouement that¹s both stunning and absolutely perfect.
Yozshubei
A tragicomedy with a lot to say. Part farce, part indictment of our corporate culture, part parable on the fragility of human existence.

The book opens with a style and pace reminiscent of Thorne Smith and Damon Runyon and Peter De Vries--comic in the way of TOPPER, say, but updated to recent times. With just a few deft brush strokes, Nisbet paints a picture of a simple and reclusive man in a happy marriage, just trying to get along. But as Damon Runyon used to say, "all life is 6-5 against," and soon his life begins to unravel.

Jim Nisbet writes well and he interlaces his narratives with images and ideas, laughter and madness, and just as supernovas flare and die, a human destiny might follow its own falling-star-arc as if by deathwish. Here, we watch and admire the beauty of it.

And this is indeed a work of art, all the way around. Jim Nisbet's novels are instant collectors' items. The dustjacket of DARK COMPANION is especially gorgeous and symbolically relevant to the text. This is a quick read, even though I made myself slow down to relish it, with just 144 pages and set in an easy-to-read font.

A small gem, and easily one of the best novels I've read this year.
Stanober
This is one of the most off-kilter and original noir books I've read since Charles Willeford went to that Dade County Rest Home in the sky. The book follows two men, neither of whom I cared for, but it's a tribute to the author's keen characterization and pacing that I not only followed these two men through some pretty strange and bloody scenarios, but enjoyed the journey and was sad to see them go (I'm not saying where they "went" since I don't want this review to contain spoilers).

Banerjhee and Toby are neighbors in an affluent So-Cal neighborhood, where a mysterious and unidentified man is broadcasting a mixture of agitprop and pornography through the televisions of the locals. The two men have nothing in common, with Banerjhee being an unemployment tech worker who spends most of his day pondering the wonders of the cosmos, and Toby being a countrypolitan white guy with redneck affectations masking a keen intellect (and a big secret).

Banherjhee finds Toby nigh-on intolerable and Toby finds him to be a bit pretentious and long-winded, and both men are right, in my opinion. Fate, however, forces them together in a short book that is by turns funny, bloody, and absurd. It's also one of the best-written books I've come across in some time. I felt as if I forgot to breathe during the last chapter, a sensation I haven't felt while reading since I consumed some vintage W.C. Heinz maybe a year ago.

Jim Nisbet is a writer's writer who violates the central tenet of noir fiction regarding florid and ostentatious language. He not only flaunts this rule, but tramples on it and gets away with it. Elmore Leonard would probably spin in his grave at some of this stuff, but consider the following description and tell me this guy doesn't have chops and an idiosyncratic way with words: "Tommy Junior could not corral the expressions that overran his face. They metamorphosed it like time-lapsed film of a saprophytic fungus. In an instant his features bloomed through shock and surprise to defiance and satori and, in the next instant, decrescendo-ed through certainty, scorn, gloat, and triumph, before reassembling into their customary impassivity."

And that's maybe one of twenty such quotes I've underlined.

I've read quite a bit of tough guy minimalist hard-boiled stuff (and enjoyed some of it), but it's nice, contra Leonard's Law, to read writing that looks like writing, and basks in its literary quality, all while still making sure that the guns keep firing and the bodies pile up. Highest recommendation.
The Apotheoses of Lacspor
Nisbet has written more than once about the schisms in our modern society between the high tech go-go world of dot-coms and the drug-addicted losers and what happens when their paths cross. Here, he takes an unemployed Indian-American scientist whose career was ripped up by corporate downsizing and resizing and the like. He feels lost as he tries to keep up appearances, wandering into open houses in California's steroid fueled housing market.

The scientist and his wife are pretty sure the neighbors quietly deal drugs. At least, they appear to only be concerned with getting stoned and working on their tans: the stoner and his ex-stripper girlfriend.

This story is a bit like Breaking Bad where a buttoned down straight laced guy gets swept up into a world he barely knew about.

There's a lot of stream of consciousness here and commentary on everything from chemical warfare to cable boxes to manners to 9/11. It's an odd book and it is an interesting read.

It's shortcomings include the fact that the storyline isn't necessarily compelling and though the main character is drawn well, it's really hard to care about what is happening and, as a reader, you keep waiting for something more.
Foiuost
This short novel by progressive crime and noir author Nisbet is a strange mix of ideas that don't seem to cohere thoroughly, adding elements of science, science fiction and family drama and despite an interesting premise don't quite flow as well as they should. Main character B.J. Rolf is a chemical engineer, laid off by his mega-corporation after their latest round of Darwinian acquisition and downsizing. Left at home to brood, he compulsively does yard work and reads about astronomical phenomenon, especially neutron stars, while his faithful wife works and cooks, and his son attends university. When his wife leaves suddenly to scout out opportunities in Chicago, B.J. is pulled into the life of his neighbor, whom he previously considered a ne'er do well, but is forced to change his mind in a hurry as an incident of extraordinary violence upends his life completely and sends him on the run as a fugitive. Nisbet does show considerable imagination and sympathy with his characters, which are well drawn in the course of what is essentially three interlocked stories loosely held together by a few interlocking elements. But in the end, we are left with more questions than answers from this talented and enigmatic author.
lind-peinture.fr
© All right reserved. 2017-2020
Contacts | Privacy Policy | DMCA
eBooks are provided for reference only