Saturday, February 8, 2014
Chance by Kem Nunn-A Shadow Revurb
"Chance" is the title and chances are what Mr.Nunn takes in this roiling cauldron of a psycho thriller, social satire and gleeful gore fest. Dr. Eldon Chance, a neuropsychologist, sets forth on a classic noir path that soon turns into a trip down a rabbit hole of horrors. His journey becomes a series of switchbacks that gather speed towards a climax that is as hilarious as it is profound.
Since being overwhelmed by Kem Nunn's first book, "Tapping the Source", I have been a huge fan of his writing. With "Chance" he delivers big time. This is much more than just a crime novel. Rich with echoes of Hammett and everything since, he pulls us along at lightning speed in this clever and richly plotted novel. Issues of parenting, manhood, and the failures of the modern family ricochet around the central plot. This is a rich and heady stew that charges ahead on twin rails of suspense and humor. To reveal anymore of the story would be to temper the page-turning joy of this brilliant take on the classic San Francisco noir-clouded novel. Clever, funny and exciting, "Chance" is the product of a terrific writer at the top of his game. Don't miss it.
STEVE SHADOW SCHWARTZ
For further reading:
Claire DeWitt and The City of the Dead by Sara Gran
The End of Everything by Megan Abbott
Posted by steven schwartz at 2:06 PM