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, Mystery, Historical, Historical Fiction, Noir, Audiobook

Reviews Noir

  • Larry H
    Well, it's been a while since I've read a book that should have been accompanied by a drum set, in order to generate rimshots after every joke, but this definitely felt like one of those!!"There are times in a guy's life when he finds himself floating facedown in a sea of troubles, and as hope bubbles away, he thinks, How the hell did I get here?"It's 1947 in San Francisco. The country has just started putting all of its pieces back together foll...
  • Melki
    I was sure I was going to love this one. After all, a book by Christopher Moore that threatens to combine two of my favorite fictions - humor and crime . . . what's not to love? And, it does get off to a great start . . .She had the kind of legs that kept her butt from resting on her shoes... OMG! Surely this promises to be the Airplane! of the noir genre! Well, it's not. And, don't call me Shirley.I probably enjoyed about half of this. To be fai...
  • Matthew
    This book is an awesomely unique and entertaining ride. I was enthralled every second and frequently found myself laughing out loud. Vocalizing while reading is almost always a good thing!Moore really captures the feel of old hard boiled stories and film noir. And, while he is often over the top and exaggerating some of the noir tropes for humorous effect, it does not feel silly. Instead it feels witty, creative, controversial, and more. Moore de...
  • Kemper
    Down these mean streets a man must go. Or to be more accurate in the case of Sammy ‘Two Toes’ Tiffin – down these mean streets a man must limp.It’s 1947 in San Francisco where Sammy is a good guy with some skeletons in his closet who works as a bartender which is how he meets a beautiful blonde named Stilton, a/k/a the Cheese. As far as Sammy is concerned the Cheese stands alone, and he falls for her instantly. Unfortunately, his attempts...
  • 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...
  • Josh
    Noir is a satire / humorous take of the more serious noir genre with a twist. In it, the reader is taken down a dark alley laughing all the way as our faithful protagonist Sammy ‘Two Toes’ Tiffin goes from bartender with puppy love to entrepreneur to crime fighting extraordinaire.From sketchy business ideas involving snake urine, to dog pizza (pizza made for dogs, not dogs as an ingredient), author Christopher Moore light-heartily jumps to pl...
  • Suzanne
    This book is so funny. I read it within hours. It’s so ridiculous a lot of the times but in the good, entertaining kind of ridiculous (Mrs.Jones comment about her late husband’s manhood🤣). I have not read anything else by Christopher Moore and honestly knew very little about his writing going into the book, but I really liked this book. I actually wasn’t the one who picked this book to read, my little cousin showed me it at Barnes & Nobl...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum was my first experience with the writing of humorist Christopher Moore, and I was not disappointed. In fact, it’s been a few days since I finished reading the book, and every now and then I still catch myself chuckling at the memory of some of the wild and whacky things that happened in it. Although I’m unable to comment on the way this novel compares with the au...
  • Dave
    Great title. Impressive cover harkening back to 1940's-era posters. Moore offers us a tongue-in-cheek parody of a 1940's noir story taking place in San Francisco's North Beach. This ersatz comedy certainly had its moments of great prose, but somewhere among the cane-wielding bartenders, cheese-themed hash-slinging waitresses, man-killing deadly Mambas, tender love story, and circus-like atmosphere, it's uneven meandering plot lines meandered down...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Albert Riehle
    Who am I kidding, right? If Christopher Moore pooped on a page every day and called it his Rorschach novel, I'd buy it and probably find something interesting in the way his feces splattered in the most hysterical and poignant patterns ever conceived. So, yeah. I guess you could say I'm a fan.But here's the thing: Being a Christopher Moore fan isn't easy. He doesn't write on an annual schedule like a lot of my other favorites. And let's face it--...
  • Ivy H
    This was a funny, entertaining joyride filled with drama, romance, action, men in black, a loud mouth little kid, a talking snake and even an alien ! Christopher Moore has penned a fabulous spoof of a tale set in 1947 San Francisco, that meshes the classic 1940's noir genre with his own inimitable style. He employs the first person narrator to tell this story, that begins with a flashback and works its way back to the present. The novel is writte...
  • Glen
    I won an ARC of this book in a goodreads drawing.A madcap mystery set in San Francisco in the 1940's, where it's apparent the author's research fell a little short. Frisco was a wholly different city in the 40's than it is now, or even what it became in the 1960's. The author seems vaguely ashamed for this screwball mystery, which shows his research failed him again. The screwball mystery is every bit as much a part of the hardboiled tradition as...
  • 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...
  • Tony
    NOIR. (2018). Christopher Moore. **.Years ago I used to follow and read Moore’s novels, but somehow got side-tracked and stopped reading him on a regular basis. I do remember reading his early work and looking forward to any new issues of his. When I saw that this was a new novel by Mr. Moore, I thought I’d try and pick up the thread where I had left off, and see what he was up to. Frankly, I was disappointed. The book was set in the 1950s an...
  • Max Nemtsov
    Прекрасный, очень нежный, практически акварельный роман о Сан-Франсиско, дань любимому городу автора (и нашему). Плюс, конечно, все как мы любим у Мура.
  • Nick Iuppa
    In this very funny tribute to film noir and post-war San Francisco, Christopher Moore takes us through The City’s bars, nightclubs, brothels, Chinatown, shipyards, and fog-shrouded streets, as well as the redwood gathering spots of some of the world’s most powerful men. It seems that your average guy, Sammy Two-Toes Tiffin, is tending bar in North Beach one night when a comely blonde name Stilton (like the cheese) walks in and the two are ins...
  • Patti
    Loved this one. Almost 5 stars.Funny as hell, touching in parts, and very very satisfying.The only thing I truly hated was that he had to put a "reminder" that the book was set in a time period where the world wasn't politically correct. I hate that some people are that stupid...
  • Cheryl
    Really 2 and a half stars. A screwball comedy with a noir setting, which takes place in post-war 1940s San Francisco. This would have been alot better with some more editing. There's alot of funny dialogue, but the real plot doesn't get going until you're 30% into the book. The book's description mentions Roswell and Men in Black, but you don't see that part of the story until the last quarter of the book. An amusing read., but nothing special.
  • John
    You know you have a hardboiled novel in your hands when Chapter One starts like this:She had the kind of legs that kept her butt from resting on her shoes -- a size-eight dame in a size-six dress and every mug in the joint was rooting for the two sizes to make a break for it . . .It's 1947 in San Francisco and Sammy "Two Toes" Tiffin is tending bar the night that a gal called Stilton walks in, as described above. She's no floozy, despite appearan...
  • Laurie
    First things first, I love the cover of this book! Do you ever pick a book because of the cover? I do and I would grab this one in a heart beat. The pin up girl in bright red and the two men in black suits and fedoras screams 1947. The golden gate bridge is also displayed lending a hint to the setting of the story. There is a snake and a green three fingered hand resting on the title that adds a bit of mystery to the overall design. This is cover...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Allen Adams
    2018-04-17 you were to put together a short list of the consistently funniest authors currently working, Christopher Moore would be on it. Probably near the top. His books are smart and absurd, packed with dynamic characters and engaging storytelling. He has tackled the Bible and Shakespeare. He’s taken on the worlds of both art and science. Vampires and demons and Death, oh my.With his latest book “Noir,” Mo...
  • Tom Mathews
    Imagine a novel set in Dashiell Hammett’s San Francisco, with a plot as convoluted as Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep but as hilarious as a Katharine Hepburn/Cary Grant screwball comedy. Then, to top it all off, throw in a cameo by one of E.T.’s relatives. Then you would have something somewhat akin to Christopher Moore’s madcap attempt to poke fun at the great noir novels and movies of the 1940s. Good friends have commented in their rev...
  • Amy
    I have really mixed feelings about this book. I thought the language was brilliant; some of the similes were absolutely amazing. I think it was the noir style that bothered me. I don't know. It took me forever to finish the book because I just couldn't get into it. The story was interesting and there was plenty of humor to keep me entertained, which are things I love about Moore's books. I just wasn't feeling it this time around and I can't put m...
  • Joyce
    Fans of Christopher Moore's wacky farces will find much to appreciate here, and narrator Johnny Heller adds to the amusement with an impressive array of impersonations--James Cagney, Brando's Godfather, Mae West and more--to characterize those who populate this satire of and, in many ways, ode to the hard-boiled--noir--crime novels of the 40s and 50s. Our hero, Sammy Tiffin, is no Sam Spade, but when a dame (Stilton, named for the cheese) walks i...