Black : Black (Blake)

  • by Russell Blake
  • Narrated by R.C. Bray
  • Series: Black (Blake)
  • 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Artemus Black. Perennially down-on-his-luck Hollywood PI whose Bogie fixation is as dated as his wardrobe. With an assistant who mocks him relentlessly, an obese cat that loathes him, a romantic life that's deader than Elvis, money problems, booze, nicotine, and anger management issues, how much worse can it get? When he takes a case that's supposed to be easy money working for a celebrity whose colleagues and surrounding paparazzi are dropping faster than interest in the star's big comeback, the cakewalk turns ugly and Black finds himself in a web of deceit, betrayal, and murder - and bad hair days. The first in a new series from best-selling author Russell Blake, Black is a detective mystery with a difference that fans of the genre are sure to enjoy.

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Fun, Ironic Noir

Clever, fast banter, reminds me of Cary Grant in His Girl Friday. And very much Luke that movie, the characters and their relationships overshadow the story.

It's a good mystery but the novel, like its title is really about its hero. Black is Artemis Black, a thirtyish ex rocker turned PI. He has a sardonic, goth rock, young assistant running his office, and its her and her obese cat Mugsy that keeps Black grounded.

There are laughs at every turn, all at Black's expense. I liked it. Frankly I can use the lift.
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- Charles Atkinson

Excellent 21st Century Noir

Fedoras, Dames, and Everything! A book for Goldilocks. Not too heavy, not too light. The bantered dialogue was intelligent and didn't try to hard and was carried off beautifully by narrator R.C. Bray.

In fact, Bray did a terrific job with all his characters, ranging from heavies to heroes to hippies to ... okay, I don't know a good 'H' word for little old ladies.

This is a great start to a new series. I'm so glad it came my way.
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- Pan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-10-2014
  • Publisher: Janda Management