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This is the 2nd book in a series of Pulp Noir.

The rich history of Pulp stories are pure Americana. Written like a script from Film Noir movie, you are to be transported to a time in the 30's, 40's or 50's, where the liquor flowed freely and there was always a Crosley radio playing in some room off in the distance. The stories don't always end on a high note, or even end at all. The magic of a Pulp Noir short story is that the listener is supposed to wonder what comes next. After the last word on the page, the story for the characters moves on long after the final sentence. Unless the character is lying face down in a pool of blood or off to the clink. The listener is to guess as to what happens next and what came before.

Pulp Noir is more about a small slice or life, a moment in time, and usually a dark one. So please enjoy. Pour yourself a nice warm drink, dim the lights...conjure up in your consciousness; Femme Fatales, handguns, seedy bars, bad luck, thieves, scoundrels, a book of matches, a pack of Pall Mall's, low lighting, and definitely everything in glorious black and white.

©2018 Eric Leckey (P)2019 Eric Leckey

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Sit back with a coffee and enjoy

This book contains eleven short stories, that are just great if you have a few minutes to kill. Most of the stories are about detectives or the police out smarting the bad guys in clever ways and a few stories from the thief's point of view.They are all clean fun and could be set anywhere and in anytime period, so if you don't like noir books or books set in the past don't let it put you off. I enjoyed most of them with the exception of one or two where the ending was disappointing but on the whole I enjoyed the way the detective worked out who the killer/theif etc was and got his man and with title's like mile away, suicide for show, the alley and beach heist you can't go wrong with listening to this short collection. The narrator was very good and with his range of voices it was easy to follow with the different characters.

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Some nice short stories to pass the time.

Good little stories that are easy to listen to, with nothing too taxing and no great twists or surprises. Great narration and Bill seems perfectly suited to this style of story! This is my honest opinion of a free review copy.

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A good listen

The narration as usual was superb. The story was good, but not quite a 5 🌟 book. I would still recommend it though, worth a listen.

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Great dark tales

Another great collection of stories narrated by the excellent Bill Nevitt. The story’s are dark and interesting and a good mix of topics. It reminded me a bit of tales of the unexpected which I used to love and using Bill Nevitt to narrate this added to the tone of the stories.

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Three of my favourite things!

I loved this listen. I like murders, short stories and Bill Nevitt is one of my favourite narrators. This is a collection of short stories based around - murder, revenge, suspense, robbery and much more. Sometimes I just listened to one and other times I binged on two or three.I enjoyed all of them although I do have favourites - The Vault was a particular gem. It is a test of a great short story that it can plunge you straight into another world within a few sentences. Eric Leckey does this admirably. At times it was like watching an old black and white film - dark and atmospheric. The echoes of times gone by were strong and I could almost smell the cigarettes and the whiskey. Bill Nevitts's narration was perfect for these stories. I've listened to quite a few books that he has narrated now and he never disappoints. Right from the moment when he announced the title I knew I was in for a treat. The stories were engaging and enjoyable. I shall look out for more of Eric's stories.

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We got a perfect thing goin here.

Eleven assorted noir short stories, each offering a taste of the criminal capers of times past, sometimes from the perspective of the law enforcers who relied on their wits, fists and local knowledge to solve crimes, or that of the guys (and girls) with plans to improve their prospects at the expense of others. Cigarette smoke swirling through a black and white world, the characters are larger than life and each story a small crumb of life, sometimes taken to a final ending, others merely an episode. These tales linger in the memory long after they're over and all are short enough to slip into a. few minutes in a busy schedule. The titles of the eleven: 1) Hideaway 2). The Alley 3). The Vault 4). Mi!away 5). Off his Back 6). Suicide for Show 7). No Hero 8). Failed to Plan 9). Newspaper Man 10). Beach Heist 11). The Shower. Narration of each story is by Bill Nevitt, who has a perfect voice for this type of book, reading with a good 'news headlines' clarity of expression and giving individual voice to the different characters. A nice performance. Overall, an enjoyable book which can be read in bite sized pieces of as a whole feast of a bygone period. My thanks to the rights holder of Coffee and Cigarettes who, at my request, freely gifted me with a complimentary copy

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  • 02-06-19

Excellent

this brought back memory’s of the detective novels my grandpa was always reading The Golden era when cops relied on wit to solve a crime Well narrated and very entertaining highly recommended I received a free review audiobook and voluntarily left this review

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  • Rosemary Hughes
  • 25-05-19

Brilliant college of crime scenarios

Thirteen short, but dramatic sequences of an injustice occurring, captured in a style prior to the NCIS analyst technics employed on today's criminal law scenes. No, this is when the cops used their fists, to exact fear and retribution. When the right and wrong appeared in more greys, than black and white. Posed in a time, when there wasn't always a happy ending. The narrator does a fantastic job of creating realistic characters, by their changing vocalizations, you receive the full emotional impact, as the writer intended. Perhaps I am biased, as I have always been a fan of the old style, black and white TV dramas. These stories are reminiscent of that era.

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  • Cycletrash56
  • 12-06-20

Good Old Fashioned Stories, Great Narration

I was given this free review copy audio-book at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This review is for the audio copy of Coffee & Cigarettes: Pulp-Noir-Short Stories by Eric Leckey and narrated by Bill Nevitt. This was a very enjoyable book. The stories were entertaining especially since they were read by Bill Nevitt. He has the perfect voice for this genre.

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  • Donna Wiebe
  • 09-06-20

Just like dimestore detective novels! Wonderful!

Enjoyable and entertaining! A wonderful book that you will keep going back to over and over just to read one short story, here and there, whenever you have a moment. There are police detectives, smalltime crooks, private investigators and more. Just when you figure that you know how a story will end, there will be a twist and the story takes a whole new turn. The narration was so well done. His voice was very suited to this book.. Definitely, a great listen!

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  • Lidia Chymkowska
  • 06-05-20

Quite a good collection of pulp-noir..:)

I love the old Humphrey Bogart kind of noir movies and this collection of short stories reminded me of them:) Some of the stories are better and more surprising than others, one or two are more or less predictable, but all have that feel of the 30s-50s books and movies that we love and think of as the classic pulp-noir fiction. Narration by Mr Nevitt adds another layer to the stories; he makes the character come to life - some are really brilliantly done:) and all have distinctive voices... It's a very good interpretation of the book. DISCLAIMER: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Jennifer Mulder
  • 29-04-20

i wanted more in each story

I liked them well enough. I really was looking for a little more to each short story. they were just a little too short and too little information that left me slightly less than satisfied. this was given to me for an unbiased review

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  • micki
  • 26-04-20

Not what I hoped...

I love noir. Movies, books, television, radio/podcasts, all of it. Theater, too. Unfortunately, the narrator was all wrong for this. He has the voice of a sweet, friendly grandfather or a trusted professor, not the suave or gritty detective you hope for in these types of stories. The stories were okay. Not "speed up the sound cause I gotta know what happened" good. And to me, "just okay" is way worse than bad. I DNF'd two of the shorts--not telling which ones. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • JJ
  • 22-04-20

Great collection of short stories

This collection tells the story of 11 unique stories set around the time of the 1940's. Each story fits the tone of an old school black and white cop/detective drama and the length ranges from 13 minutes to 51 minutes for each book. This is the second time I've listened to Bill Nevitt's narration and he did a fantastic job with the narration of this book. Great range for the characters, and he was able to make it very easy to follow along with the story. This genre and style of writing is very different from what I usually listen to (Sci-Fi & Fantasy), but I found it to be a great change of pace. Excellently detailed story combined with a great performance for the narrator made this very enjoyable to listen to. My only recommendation for other listeners is that you should follow the advice in the Publisher's Summary. "Pour yourself a nice warm drink, dim the lights" and set yourself into the mindset of a dark seedy adventure filled with "Seedy bars, bad luck, thieves, and scoundrels". Because the stories are so short, it'll really help set you in the mood for this book. Disclaimer - Per my request I received a copy of this audio book for free and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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  • Tom Anderson
  • 10-04-20

Addictive

This is one of those books where you wish there was more; more to each story or maybe an entire book based on those of the plotlines presented here. The stories are great on their own and they leave you wanting more. And Bill Nevitt is, as always, a professional performer. Great book!

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  • Neesie315
  • 07-09-19

Pulp Noir & Cigarettes

A great collection of short stories set in the golden age of pulp noir mysteries. Fedoras, trench coats and cigarettes abound! I could almost see the characters lighting their smokes when the stress got to be too much! If you enjoy the old time pulp noir detectives, you will enjoy this collection. Each story is entertaining in its own way and I enjoyed them all. Full of robberies, burglaries, murders and domestic abuse, set against the backdrop of WWII, this is an entertaining set of stories. Each one is the perfect length for a commute or a spurt of exercise. Reminiscent of Ellery Queen and Sam Spade, I enjoyed the old-fashioned feel of these stories. Bill Nevitt does his usual excellent job in the narration of these stories and really added a lot to my enjoyment of this collection. I was given the chance to listen to this book by the narrator/author/publisher and chose to review it.