I know I’ve been underground of late, it doesn’t mean I’m not reading fine NOIR, I just haven’t had the time to write much of it myself.
There were plenty of contenders for my top five list this year and once again it is the women who top my list. Four of my top five faves are from the gals. What does that tell you? Dunno either except that I do fancy the lassies on and OFF the page. Here are my picks for the best of lot this year:
1. Mapping the Territory by Jane Hammons http://www.fictionaut.com/stories/jane-hammons/mapping-the-territory Jane tops my list again this year and for good reason. Her work is poetic and intricate in its telling and unveiling. This one is darkly spiritual and filled with Indian folklore. It is the campfire tale that makes the sky just a bit blacker and keeps you up all night long. A stunner.
2. Killing Hope by Ron Earl Phillips http://a-twist-of-noir.blogspot.com/2011/07/twist-of-noir-672-ron-earl-phillips.html the only hombre on my list, REP tells on nasty tale in a very crafted and finely honed way. Who says you can’t kill Hope?
3. Sorry Bastard by Hilary Davidson http://a-twist-of-noir.blogspot.com/2011/07/twist-of-noir-678-hilary-davidson.html Hilary Davidson just plain and simple is a story teller extraordinaire. Plot, dialogue, setting and payoff. All there. Every time. This is a fine example of a tome with all the goods.
4. God’s Gift by Lily Childs http://theflashfictionoffensive.blogspot.com/2011/09/guest-writer-spot-lily-childs.html How can it get better than plunging syringes into peep’s necks in paragraph three? It does. Way better.
5. Bloody Truce by Erin Cole http://thrillskillsnchills.blogspot.com/2011/11/bloody-truce-by-erin-cole.html?zx=22e5e38e400919d5 EC always delivers the goods and with Bloody Truce she shows how mastery of dialogue elevates a story right through its sordid conclusion.