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Fade to Blonde (Hard Case Crime (Mass Market Paperback)) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 30. September 2004

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Max Phillips’s novels, which have included Snakebite Sonnet and The Artist’s Wife, have won rave reviews in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Esquire, and other major publications. In 2005 he received the Shamus Award from the Private Eye Writers of America for Fade to Blonde. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.

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"Fade To Blonde" von Max Phillps gehört zwar zu den Erstveröffentlichungen in der amerikanischen Taschenbuchreihe Hard Case Crime, welche ansonsten vor allem Klassiker aus der Pulp-Fiction-Ära neu herausbringt, spielt jedoch in den 60er Jahren und ist ein typischer hardboiled Krimi. Held und "Ich"-Erzähler Ray Corson ist ein gescheiterter Drehbuchschreiber in Hollywood und ehemaliger Boxer, welcher sich mit Gelegenheits-Jobs durchs Leben schlägt. Er wird von der Schauspielerin Rebecca LaFontaine engagiert, um sie vor dem Gangster und Pornoproduzenten Lance Halliday zu beschützen. Hierzu läßt er sich gefährlich nah mit der Mafia ein. Doch es stellt sich heraus, daß seine Auftraggeberin alles andere als aufrichtig mit ihm war. Das Buch ist spannend, witzig geschrieben, und die Auflösung ist überaschend (wenn auch ein wenig unglaubwürdig). Leider nur auf Englisch erhältlich, aber ein echter Geheimtip.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Another excellent Hard Case offering 15. September 2004
Von Craig Clarke - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Ray Corson is a wannabe-screenwriter, ex-boxer, and odd job man. Now he's about to get involved in his oddest job yet: protecting ex-porn actress Rebecca LaFontaine from Lance Halliday, pretty-boy mobster, stag film producer, and lye enthusiast.

Max Phillips is the co-founder of the Hard Case Crime imprint, but any publishing house with an eye for the future would have taken on Fade to Blonde. When an author like Phillips -- who usually writes meaningful mainstream fiction like The Artist's Wife and Snakebite Sonnet -- tries his hand at hard-boiled genre fiction, the end result is either going to be a joke or a classic. My wager is on the latter.

Rebecca LaFontaine turns out to be one of the more interesting femmes fatales I've met lately, if only because she's so full of surprises. Just when you think you've got a bead on her, Corson discovers something else about her -- or she confesses it, and this girl just aches to confess things, especially if they're only tangentially related to the truth and will assist in her use of her physical attributes to get her way -- that changes key perceptions about her character. (For another take on this type of sexually manipulative woman in a different setting, and from her own viewpoint, see the abovementioned The Artist's Wife.)

You can tell Phillips is a literary novelist because that little piece of story I described at the beginning is just that: the beginning. In the course of Corson's travels, he comes across more people and gets himself involved in more difficult situations than should be able to fit in these 220-odd pages. What keeps Fade to Blonde from being 500 pages is Phillips' economy with words (I'll skip the Hemingway reference, though, if you don't mind). This keeps the story moving because there are often two or more things going on at once; even when Ray is just sitting on a stool in a restaurant -- or holding one of Rebecca's marketable breasts in his hand -- dialogue (and often money) is being exchanged that moves the plot forward.

Everything eventually comes together, though in a typical "mystery" ending, where Corson discovers the mysterious thread that ties all the information together. In the end, when he goes back to his previous way of life, it's a little disappointing, but you know that he isn't likely to keep minding his own business for long. Fade to Blonde may be a little high-toned for the average pulp aficionado, but those who appreciate it will enjoy Phillips' depth of characterization and especially his ability to stick to the rules of the genre while giving it his own stamp of intellect.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Hard Case Crime's First Original 9. September 2004
Von Daniel R. Robichaud II - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
So, I picked up the first pair of Hard Case Crime novels (this and Block's Grifter's Game), expecting a good read. Let me tell you, brothers and sisters, I more than got it.

This is a fast read, a white knuckle story of gangsters, hoods and a femme fatale who all suck the loner/outsider protagonist into a tough underworld. It is a trip to hell.

One of the main strengths of the novel is its author's voice, who brings something of a modern sensibility to material that could otherwise be dated. Still, the book has a vintage feel to it. The piece works and works well. If you like James Ellroy's Bop Quartet, you'll probably dig this.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen hard boiled neo classic 30. Oktober 2004
Von Amazon Customer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
When I was a child I used to sneak and read my father's pulp novels. Max Phillips has written a book that can stand in with the best of them. The hero, Ray a would be writer, has had a knock around life. He's a tough guy who doesn't mind doing what needs to be done but only if it squares with his personal code of honor. Rebecca LaFontaine is one of the most interesting heroines I've read about in a very long time. She's got so many sides to her character and all are complicated. The more Ray learns about her, the more he wants to know.

The side characters are all what you'd expect from a 1950s crime novel. There are gangsters, small time hoods, wise cracking girl Fridays, world weary loyal friends and of course, stooges. All of these characters are written beautifully. None of this is cliched or fake. I kept looking at the copyright page to find the orignial publication date and was amazed to find that this is a newly published original novel. THis is an exciting book that never lets up the suspense. You will be shocked by the ending. It's the last think you'd suspect. I had a lot of fun reading Fade to Blonde and I'm going to look for more in this series.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen An exuberant style drags along an unwilling plot 15. April 2010
Von ninjasuperstar - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Fade to Blonde is certainly exciting to read at times. Phillips is mostly successful with his use of pulp minimalism. A good scene will be replete with that curious blend of mutual, street-smart empathy and utter distrust between characters that you only seen in noir. And like all good noir characters, when they get stuck, they let the implications and the innuendo fly.

In trying to trim the fat, Phillips sometimes cuts into the meat of the story. The result is a barely believable plot (even for a neo-noir) that resolves far too quickly. The characterization of the protagonist, Ray Corson, is overly constructed as well: He's apparently a well-read, wannabe screenwriter, ex-boxer, former bum, and current day-worker. But he doesn't read (maybe a newspaper) or write anything of substance throughout the novel. And just because someone can box doesn't mean they excel at jujitsu.

I enjoyed this book, and I would probably read more of Phillips' work because he's very good at snappy dialogue. I prefer to have stronger characters and a more believable plot. It's clear this author has a strong grasp on the genre despite the shortcomings of Fade to Blonde.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Hardboiled heaven 7. September 2004
Von Glenn - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
The story focuses on Ray Corson an ex-soldier, ex-boxer, ex-bodyguard who's a failed screenwriter to boot. He's working as a roofer on a construction site when bombshell Rebecca LaFontaine finds him. LaFontaine needs Corson to protect her from a scorned suitor. What follows is a wild ride through mob-ridden streets of L.A. in the early 50's.

I couldn't put the book down. It's one of the best I've read in years. I ended up buying a total of five copies, for friends and family.

I hope that Max Phillips has another hardboiled crime novel on his plate. I'll be looking for one.

If this novel is any indication I'll be buying a lot of fiction from Hard Case Crime.
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