Noir by Christopher Moore


San Francisco. Summer, 1947. A dame walks into a saloon . . .It’s not every afternoon that an enigmatic, comely blonde named Stilton (like the cheese) walks into the scruffy gin joint where Sammy "Two Toes" Tiffin tends bar. It’s love at first sight, but before Sammy can make his move, an Air Force general named Remy arrives with some urgent business. ’Cause when you need something done, Sammy is the guy to go to; he’s got the connections...

Details Noir

Release DateApr 17th, 2018
PublisherWilliam Morrow
GenreFiction, Humor, Historical, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Noir

Reviews Noir

  • Robert
    I’ll start by saying I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. That being said, the first half didn’t have the feel of a Christopher Moore novel. Fans will know what I mean. It was good, but not Lamb, good. Now halfway through something happens. Something delicious and crazy and perfectly Squirrel People. And from that point on, it is most definitely a Christopher Moore book. The man has yet to fail me. And Lamb still holds top spot for best...
  • Nicole D.
    This isn't a totally trademark Christopher Moore book, but you know what? I'm totally OK with that. People evolve and frankly I didn't want to read a formulaic novel. I struggled a bit at first - I think Moore was working on creating the Noir feel and it just felt like a lot of words going nowhere. But I'm a fan and I knew that it couldn't be that far off the mark, so I needed to persevere. What came next was maybe a little sophisticated that we ...
  • Lindsey
    A new favorite from Christopher Moore! NOIR perfectly balanced sweet characters, film noir style and lingo, and Moore's trademark humor. In short, I loved it. It may actually be in my top 5 favorite Chris Moore books. Sammy is a bartender who plans a get rich quick scheme that doesn't take long to go horribly awry. While he's trying to clean up the mess, he is also wooing a dame that entered his life named Stilton (aka The Cheese), and avoiding t...
  • Stacy Fetters
    "Sammy brought his *** spy friend, those guys are tricky- they have a way to hit you that makes your eye-balls explode."Christoper Moore is like a fine wine, he gets better as time goes on. He’s one of those authors that never disappoints and this book is now in my top three favorites of his. At first, you aren’t sure if this is an actual Moore novel until you get to those off the wall jokes. They are edgy, wacky, and absolutely hilarious. It...
  • Erikka
    Every author is allowed one meh book. This is definitely Moore's. I am usually enamored of his work. Amazing characters, enticing plot lines, piss-yourself-laughing humor. Those were all missing from this. I feel like it was two separate stories: a valiant attempt at noir writing that fell short of its goal, and a weird sci-fi alien line that didn't seem to have a goal to fall short of. Everything just seemed flimsily pieced together with no real...
  • Art
    Here's the Rorschach test whether you will like this book. Chris Moore begins one of the chapters of Noir thusly: "The fog lay spread across the city like a drowned whore -- damp, cold, smelling of salt and diesel -- a sea-sodden streetwalker who'd just bonked a tugboat..." If you are offended by the quote, then never mind reading the book. On the other hand, if you see the playful tweaking of the noir genre then by all means continue on.With its...
  • Billie
    Falling into a kind of weird "meh"-ness between the madcap antics of most of Moore's San Francisco novels and the smart hilarity of Lamb and Fool, this just never quite gelled for me as a reader. It got considerably more engaging in the second half, but that was just too late for me to fall in love with it. I liked it, but it's not going to be a full-blown, long-term love affair.
  • Joseph Carano
    I won a advance readers edition of this novel on the Goodreads site. I enjoyed this offering in just about any way a reader can. The characters were original and interesting as was the strange and very original plot. The style of writing, the prose in the equation, was also very original. Moore seemed to be trying to write in a late 1940's style. I do not know if he succeeded or not but I enjoyed the effort. All in all, a very enjoyable and comed...
  • Dave
    (NOTE: I received an advanced copy of this book in a publisher giveaway.)You know, several times while reading Noir, I thought that this is not Moore's best effort. Yet he managed to make me laugh out loud often enough, and sometime - just when you were sure where he was going - he threw in a fun twist. So by the end of the book, I was smiling and realizing that I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is a classic noir setting in San Francisco shortly after ...
  • Katie
    First off, if you've never read Christopher Moore before, stop what you're doing, go find Lamb, READ IT and report back. Now that we've gotten that out of the way, Noir was so fun! I read it in about a day and didn't want to put it down. In classic Moore fashion, it was charming, funny and absolutely absurd. Noir is the story of a ragtag group of misfits in post World War II San Francisco. There's a cabbie who is afraid to drive, a giant bouncer ...
  • John of Canada
    As well as being a dandy mystery novel,Noir features diversity at it's most compelling.There are blacks,Chinese,Japanese,Poles,Italians,women,Germans who can't say squirrel,drag queens,lesbians,poets,Catholics,cripples,aliens,a bratty kid,exploding cows,men in black,a talking snake,and Donald Trump!Okay,I made up the Donald Trump part.This takes place in San Francisco,post WW2.Christopher Moore includes an afterword where he explains the setting,...
  • Lori
    I had my doubts about this book, especially at first because the style is not what I’m used to. It becomes a lot of fun once you let yourself shrug at the anachronisms and just enjoy the ride. The characters and their various motives somehow make the insane plot make perfect sense in the way only Christopher Moore can. I’m not sure how actual fans of film noir will feel about this book, but if you appreciate the aesthetic and Moore’s writin...
  • Rich Rosell
    If you pick up a Christopher Moore novel you know it will be humorous, weird, and full of oddball characters. Check, check, and check for 1940s-San-Francisco-set comedic thriller 'Noir'. Fun stuff - and bonus points for tying in the Roswell crash as part of the main arc...
  • Mary
    I received my copy of Noir through a Goodreads giveaway. The story takes place in 1947 with a cast of quirky characters, living in San Francisco. I have not read a novel in a long time which had me laughing out loud. Christopher Moore is not an author I have read before, but I will be reading him in the further.
  • A.S.
    This was a fun and funny ride.
  • Beth
    I enjoyed this book - it was a fun romp, though I didn't tend to find it as LOL funny as some of his other books (Lamb being my favorite). Men in Black, aliens, Dames, poisonous snakes...the list goes on and on with crazy characters all thrown together that somehow work. Thus is the Magic of Moore ;)
  • Kitten Kisser
    What Happened To The Author Guy?I'm always excited when a new book by Christopher Moore comes out & this time was no exception. The first 90 pages or so I kept nodding off. So boring. So very very boring. What gives? This is Christopher Moore! This is the guy that makes me laugh & not want to stop reading. The guy who's books I not only re-read but also listen to over & over on audible. Sadly, this is not a book I'm likely to read again or purcha...
  • Scott
    If you haven't fallen for Christopher Moore's ingenious, hilarious novels ("Lamb," "Practical Demonkeeping," "Sacre Bleu," "Fool," "The Stupidest Angel," etc.), you have deprived yourself of a million laughs as well as the occasional tear. As creative as Neil Gaiman, as witty as Bill Bryson, Moore consistently produces some of the most entertaining books you'll find anywhere.Given that Moore is in love with San Francisco and has set many of his b...
  • Megan
    I was delighted to find out that I won a FirstReads copy of this one; it arrived just two days after being notified of my win. While I haven't read much by the author previously, I'm familiar with his work thanks to my brother, who's a huge fan. A noir with Christopher Moore twists sounded like it would be a hoot, and I knew that I would not be disappointed from the very first sentence. It was the perfect escape from frigid temps and a fun way to...
  • Pop Bop
    Not Exactly "Noir"; More Like the Bowery Boys Visit San FranciscoUsually when you read a book it has, you know, a beginning, a middle, and an end. That's sort of this book. But it feels more like Christopher Moore keeps a writer's notebook with ideas for books, sketches for scenes, and maybe some noodled funny bits. Looking at this, he created a funny, ironic, shop worn regular standup guy hero, and a very funny, very hot, new girlfriend, and jus...
  • Katherine
    Thank you to William Morrow, Harper Collins, Christopher Moore, and Goodreads Giveaways for the Advanced Reader's Edition.I had absolutely no idea what to expect from this book; I have not read Mr. Moore before, but the description of the book sounded fun and different from my normal reading preferences, so I took a chance and entered the Goodreads Giveaway. And oh, how happy I am that I won it. This book was delightfully funny, in a "I can't bel...
  • Ed
    NOIRBy Christopher Moore For those fans of Christopher Moore, there really isn’t much need for you to read this review. No matter what I say in the next few paragraphs you are going to buy this book. Besides most of you already hate me for getting my hands on an ARE. I have waited, sorry WE have waited, since ’15 for word(s) from on high to pass to us, the lowly reader. No, this is for those who have never read the AuthorGuy. For those folks ...
  • Joshua Dover
    This book is set in the late 1940's. Moore does a good job transporting you to post-WWII era San Francisco. Complete with racist cops, dames you call "toots", china-town underworld, generals fresh from Area 51, etc. While acknowledging there could be several definitions of a book noir, Moore defines his as "dark-streets, desperate noir that usually starts with some poor, hapless working mug who gets roped into some nefarious goings-on by a dame"....
  • Ryan Watt
    Christopher Moore's newest work (which I received from a Goodreads Giveaway) feels like a bit of a departure from his usual, although deep down sharing the same DNA as many of his other books. Set in San Francisco in 1947, we see a city familiar to readers of his other books through different eyes. Our protagonist, Sammy, is a bartender with a limp, which got him out of the war. He meets a dame, as all classic Noir stories must have, and a simple...
  • Claudia
    Excellent Christopher Moore, if not exactly "noir." In the afterword he calls it correctly, when he describes it more as "Perky Noir." Which, it turns out, I really enjoy.I've read all of Moore's books, and I'm also a huge noir fan (both in books and on film), so this book felt like a mashup that was almost designed to appeal to me, personally. - Moore's trademark quotable style? Check. He's in fine form.- Noir setting and atmosphere? Foggy postw...
  • Peter
    I received a free copy of this book from the Goodreads Giveaway program.Christopher Moore states in the afterword to his novel, Noir, that he started writing noir as the story of a poor, hapless working mug who gets roped into some nefarious goings on by a dame. He then explains that he ended up with something a lot closer to Damon Runyon meets Bugs Bunny. He accurately describes the novel and your reaction to it will depend upon whether you like...
  • Claude Bouchard
    This review is based on an Advance Reader Copy. This was supposed to be a funny sarcastic noir-type mystery set in post-WWII San Francisco. I guess it's noir (seedy bars, dark alleys, wet pavement, curvy broads/dames/dolls, etc.), but it was boring and unengaging. Worse even was that it wasn’t funny. FULL DISCLOSURE: I did not read the entire book. I lasted slightly less than 50 pages before I gave up. I read another review that stated the book...
  • Janis
    I read an early version that commented it was uncorrected at the beginning of every chapter. The main correction I hope they make is the use of coronet when they mean cornet near the end of the book. This book is hard to describe. It is full of colorful and interesting characters. It’s part comedy, part mystery, part parody, part sci-fi. Doesn’t really fit into a specific genre. I had difficulty getting interested in this book. The first half...
  • Dan Radovich
    Moore can write some of the funniest stories- that is a plain and simple fact. His dedicated fans can probably pick out a page of his writing because they know is usual style. NOIR is a change to that familiar pattern, and some readers just might be disappointed with the change. I actually enjoyed this piece because he captures both a time/place and genre wonderfully. 1940's San Francisco film noir told with all the language of the era mixed with...
  • Tim Nistler
    I won a copy of "Noir" through a Goodreads Giveaway. It is only the second Christopher Moore book I've read and I really enjoyed it. I will start by saying that there was something about the beginning of the book that made me think I wasn't going to get into it, but that quickly changed. I like the combination of humor and 1940s noir that Moore blends together. Great characters and snappy dialogue. Mr. Moore also paints a picture of San Francisco...