by Christopher Moore


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The absurdly outrageous, sarcastically satiric, and always entertaining New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore returns in finest madcap form with this zany noir set on the mean streets of post-World War II San Francisco, and featuring a diverse cast of characters, including a hapless bartender; his Chinese sidekick; a doll with sharp angles and dangerous curves; a tight-lipped Air Force general; a wisecracking waif; Petey, a black mamba; and many more.

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 on the street.

Meanwhile, a suspicious flying object has been spotted up the Pacific coast in Washington State near Mount Rainer, followed by a mysterious plane crash in a distant patch of desert in New Mexico that goes by the name Roswell. But the real weirdness is happening on the streets of the City by the Bay.

When one of Sammy’s schemes goes south and the Cheese mysteriously vanishes, Sammy is forced to contend with his own dark secrets—and more than a few strange goings on—if he wants to find his girl.

Think Raymond Chandler meets Damon Runyon with more than a dash of Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes All Stars. It’s all very, very Noir. It’s all very, very Christopher Moore.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062433978
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/17/2018
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 265,262
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Christopher Moore is the author of fourteen previous novels, including Lamb, The Stupidest Angel, Fool, Sacré Bleu, A Dirty Job, and The Serpent of Venice.


Hawaii and San Francisco, California

Date of Birth:

August 5, 1958

Place of Birth:

Toledo, Ohio

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Noir 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Noir is all things great satire requires: Witty, irreverent, with enough emotional undercurrent to make it captivating. Highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not really a story to this one... it jumps all over, yet has no point. I was still waiting for the plot to show up when the book ended...
illiall More than 1 year ago
Meh ... I understand not every work can be Lamb, or Fool, or Dirty Job, Sacre Bleu, Serpent .... really I do. That said, if this novel didn't have Christopher Moore's name on the cover I would have ditched it 100 pages in. I finished it. I kept waiting for something akin to his wit, his character and setting development, something that pronounced that this didn't just get kicked out over a long Labor Day weekend, Harlequin Romance style ... I didn't care about the characters, the story, or the wrap up. But it had Christopher Moore's name on it, so I kept reading ... But it does seem as though I'm in the minority, even with 5 star reviews from persons who haven't yet read the book ....
smg5775 12 months ago
1947 San Francisco--atmospheric, picks up the flavor of the place and the time, like a hard-boiled detective novel without the PI. Sammy works as a bartender and has a secret that his boss knows and is willing to use to control him. He meets Stilton at the bar where she comes after her shift at the diner. Sammy is always looking to make money so he has a cast of characters that he runs schemes with. Sometimes they work, sometimes not so good. I loved these characters. Sammy and Stilton are some pair but they work. Eddie Moo Shoe and his uncle in Chinatown are hilarious. The story has some quirks in the beginning--Men in Black, UFO's, a general looking to join a certain club--but the craziness picks up in the last third and it is great! Sammy and Eddie and their schemes made me laugh. I delighted in how all the people in Sammy's main group have each others' backs. They are there for each other and, if they an make money on it, they are definitely in. This is fun! Just as good as any other Christopher Moore book.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
I didn’t know exactly what I was walking into when I started listening to this novel. This was my first-time reading noir and I found it quite entertaining. I thought the audio itself was excellent and I highly-recommend it, as the slang and the humor were superb. The names used in the novel, the nature of the slang and the quirkiness of the mystery added to the uniqueness of this story. As I listened to this novel, there were times that I found myself laughing out loud and times that I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I thought Johnny Heller did an amazing job on the audio. Hats off to Johnny! Don’t get me wrong, there were times I was confused as I listened, as I seemed to lose track on who was speaking but I really enjoyed how Moore set the tone. Moore created an image for me as I listened. He moved me around the backstreets, inside the buildings and around the areas that were important as I became a part of the novel. This didn’t feel like a normal novel to me as I listened to it, it felt like movie with a smoky haze floating in the air and the mingling of voices in the background. I was glad that I listened to the audio as I now have that instilled in my mind. Now, I can reread the novel and put the two together and hopefully follow the story more. I received a e-copy of this novel from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hope there is a sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Fun, funny, and greatly entertaining. My first Christopher Moore, but not my last!
jnmegan More than 1 year ago
Christopher Moore’s fantasy novels have explored a wide variety of topics, from vampires to Shakespeare to Jesus, with his characteristic humor and unique perspective. In his latest outing, Noir, Moore takes on the stereotypical hard-boiled detective stories set in the post-WWII era. At the front of the book is a disclaimer that reminds readers that the story’s historical and cultural context differs greatly from today’s, and that some may find the attitudes and vocabulary of the characters offensive if viewed through a contemporary lens. Sammy “Two Toes” Tiffin is a salty character working a bar in 1947 San Francisco. As in many Noir tales, he encounters a mysterious and alluring femme fatale who saunters into the bar one night, and he is immediately entranced by her. Sammy attempts to continue their flirtation while chasing down a money-making scheme involving poisonous snakes and the elders of Chinatown. His boss also wants him to use his connections to obtain some “company” for a party thrown by a General from the area of Roswell. Of course, with Moore at the helm, things soon spin off into strange and amusing territory, tying together the different character and plot elements. Noir is fast-paced and witty, but probably not Moore’s best. In attempting to parody the hard-boiled genre, he piles on the misogynistic and racial stereotypes he is trying to skewer. Some might find the result to be a bit tiresome and repetitious. Still, Moore is always entertaining and innovative, making Noir a worthwhile addition to a list of summer reads.
JMTJTC More than 1 year ago
“He looked like one of those dried-up faces you carve out of an apple in third grade to teach you that time is cruel and we are all just going to shrivel up and die, so there’s no point in getting out of bed.” Genre: Historical Fiction / Satire. Number of Pages: 339. Perspective: First / Third. Location: San Francisco 1947. Sammy "Two Toes" is a bartender in 1947. He buys a black mamba as part of a business venture that leads to his boss’s death. At the same time, his new love interest goes missing. This sends him down a rabbit hole of adventures with a ragtag group of sidekicks. Moore is skilled at creating unique characters and outrageous storylines. He has a very creative and well-formulated voice in all of his stories. His writing is descriptive and I felt like I was in an old noir mystery film. Based on his other books I’ve read, I should have expected the paranormal element. But it happened so late in the book that it threw me off (kind of reminded me of American Horror Story: Asylum where the paranormal subplot feels so random). I think I would have been less thrown if I was expecting it or if it happened earlier on. I also know that Moore was trying to establish a certain voice to mimic noir films, but a lot of the dialogue felt like it was missing words or just not quite right. I had to read some of it over multiple times (possibly because I was reading an ARC, so hopefully that was fixed in the final version). Some cliche 40’s/50’s terms—toots, mug, angle, etc.—felt overused and became distracting after a while. But overall, it was an enjoyable and light book. It took a little while to get into, but a few chapters in I was hooked and finished the rest in one day. It was unlike anything else I have ever read. Christopher Moore does not shy away from weird, and I have respect for his creativity. I did prefer some of his other books, such as A Dirty Job and You Suck. Because of this book, I threw those back on my shelf for a re-read. If you like satire or old black and white crime movies, then you’ll enjoy this book. It’s worth a read! To read the rest of my review, go here:
BookGirlNY More than 1 year ago
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 love at it’s finest. In the summer of 1947, San Francisco is changing. The war is over and work is hard to come by. Sammy “Two Toes” Tiffin is a bartender at a seedy gin joint when one night a dame named Stilton, aka the Cheese, walks in and Sammy falls hard. They spend time together and enjoy some razzmatazz until one night the Cheese goes missing. Sammy sets out to rescue her and save her from the two mugs in black suits. However, what he finds he never expected. With a colorful cast of characters and bountiful twists and turns down dark alley’s, we are off on an adventure. Satire abounds in the novel with a heavy dose of humor. Some may be offended at the language and the political incorrectness; but I was not. I loved the slang of 1949 America. There are two narrators in the story; Sammy and an unknown, (“Don’t worry about who I am, I know things.”). We do find out who the second narrator is towards the end of the book and you will be surprised. One of my favorite characters is the moonman. The Roswell crash happened in June 1947, so why not include it in the book, Christopher Moore style of course. Moore explains many historical details and the noir genre in the Afterword. This enhanced the book tremendously and I recommend reading it before beginning the novel. A solid four star read with lots of entertainment! Thank you to for a copy of the book for an honest review.
bonnieCA More than 1 year ago
I loved it! It really is "noir" and the story is funny and ridiculous and so entertaining. Another win for Christopher Moore.I
profmigs More than 1 year ago
Full confession: I haven't actually read this yet and probably won't get to it until later this summer. I'm only posting a review to be eligible for a giveaway. That said, I am seriously looking forward to this book. Moore has never let me down. I reread his novel, The Stupidest Angel, every Christmas, and I have such a backlog that I don't have time to reread books. Nonetheless, I laugh out loud each and every time, just like I do with all his books. I'm sure this one will be no different.
techwrite More than 1 year ago
True Christopher Moore work. Interesting plot with a twisted twist or two.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another fast paced page turner! Add a scoop of laughs a dash of love and sprinkle with friendship and a snake or 2 and you got Noir!
Sean_From_OHIO More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge fan of Christoper Moore's novels because of their sense of humor and the farcical worlds he creates. Here, the funny is there but its more grounded (Not a lot, there are still moonmen narrating snakes). The lead characters are fun and real. You root for them. But one of the best characters is San Francisco itself, especially the time frame. The book has a ton of soul and it genuinely makes you smile. Thanks again for a great book!