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by Jeffrey Marks, Eva Batonne
Description: The electronic revolution has made the world smaller and life easier--for those on both sides of the law. In this eclectic collection of tales both modern and not so, award-winning mystery writers and talented newcomers explore the dark side of modern technology: Techno-Noir
eBook Publisher: Zumaya Publications, 2006
eBookwise Release Date: September 2006
3 Reader Ratings:
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [315 KB]
Reading time: 206-289 min.
"A good noir story should contain certain features: the possibility of sudden violence, decaying moral sensibilities, sexual desire tainted with ambivalence because the recipient of the desire appears dangerous or possibly malevolent. Apart from this, just about any genre or setting can be used to anchor the action. Indeed, many such settings have been used. Is anything new possible, especially now that technology has led to such an explosion in small press publications? The answer is yes, thanks to this splendid new anthology of short stories exploring the concept of technology in the noir style."--John Walsh, Bookpleasures
"...an entertaining, fast-paced read, featuring the work of some extremely talented writers."--Natalie R. Collins, author of Wives & Sisters, The Readers Room
"The writing is exceptional, the presentation is professional and the cover reminded me of Mickey Spillane. Techno-Noir was definitely a very fun book to read and I enjoyed every minute of it. For all the mystery fans out there, I suggest you take a look at Techno-Noir as a candidate for your next reading adventure. As with all the good ones, I give Techno-Noir my highest rating of an A+."--William Phenn, Reader Views
Rachel sized up her "guest" and realized by the coldness of her eyes and the seriousness of her demeanor that this was not some sick joke. Still, without that gun, the slim intruder wouldn't seem so tough.
"I don't see that happening."
The woman smiled. "You don't have a choice in the matter."
"I could refuse..."
"I suppose. But it's really in your best interest to cooperate. You see, it's a matter of dying quickly and painlessly versus being slowly tortured to death."
Rachel almost chuckled despite her mounting terror. "I don't see how you could make it look like a suicide if I've been shot and tortured."
The intruder half-rolled her eyes as though she couldn't believe how stupid her target was. "My client asked for a suicide, but the bottom line is that he wants you dead. I can make your death look like a car accident or an unexplainable disappearance. Believe me, I have countless contingencies. So I repeat: the bottom line is that you will die ... soon. It'll just be a lot easier on you if you cooperate. Now, it's time for you to write your suicide note." She waved the gun at a pad of paper and a cup full of pens on the desktop. "Write something along the lines of..." Her voice trailed off as something perched on top of the monitor caught her attention.
"Is that a video camera?" she asked.
"Yes," Rachel replied. "What? Are you going to make a snuff film of my death?"