Noir Fiction. This "audacious and astonishingly executed" (Booklist
, starred review) debut novel has a great hook: it contains three interconnected crime stories, each set in a different decade (1931, 1941, and 1951) and penned in the style of a different classic author (Georges Simenon, Raymond Chandler, and Jim Thompson). Linking the trio of tales (set in France, Hollywood, and Maryland) is alcoholic American writer Shem Rosenkrantz, who's married to a French woman (he's a supporting character in the first two stories and narrates the third). Fans of Simenon, Chandler, and Thompson will surely want to pick up The Twenty-Year Death
, as will mystery readers who love fresh twists on the past.