Noir Three Novels of Suspense {ebook PDF} By Richard Matheson

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Eeding Dave Newton has fallen hard for Peggy a leggy blonde with a lurid past and a heartbreaking smile But as bloody corpses begin to litter his path Dave is forced to confront the terrifying possibility that the woman he loves is a deranged killer Fury on Sunday In the wee hours of one fateful Sunday morning a homicidal maniac embarks on a rampage of terror and v Noir is an anthology of three separate novels by a master of suspense one of my favorite scripters for The Twilight Zone Richard Matheson Others will know him as the author of such science fiction standards as I Am Legend and The Incredible Shrinking Man So I was not exactly surprised that each of these novels originally published separately balanced on the knife edge of sanity The three novels compiled in Noir are Someone is Bleeding Fury on a Sunday and Ride the Nightmare Only the first is told in first person a classic style dealing with impending madness but the second pair is told from an omniscient author s point of view nonetheless Best of all all three novels have a different feeling even though all have one character of another descending into their personal euivalent of the concentric circles of Dante s Inferno Someone is Bleeding is told by a protagonistnarrator who is an author an author inflicted with writer s block who has moved to sunny California to find inspiration Lounging on the beach he finds inspiration of a somewhat different kind He becomes infatuated to the point of falling for a lovely young woman named Peggy But he soon discovers that either she is lying to him on several levels or his college friend is deceiving him for some reason or both The title Someone is Bleeding could easily represent the literal murders which occur in this narrative or the figurative sense in which someone is bleeding psychologically Low brow thugs degenerate sophisticates and characters who seem fated populate this thriller of weak characters entwinedAlthough Someone is Bleeding was just exactly the sort of story I was expecting in this genre Fury on a Sunday was significantly intense Matheson takes us inside the mind and motivation of an angry and mentally disturbed individual One soon learns that Vince once an up and coming classical pianist has not only murdered prior to his institutionalization but he is obsessed with committing another to acuire his desperately desired revenge and to obtain the reward he expects for earning that revenge One might call Vince a crazy man in this tightly wound tale of what happens in the space of a day from wee early morning hours till the resolution later in the day but his clever ad lib actions when his plan keeps going off the rails make him seem crazy as a fox I m not sure some of the dramatic elements are totally realistic but such a person as Vince would definitely be unpredictable his conflicting emotions and highly embellished hopes just might make these elements possible if not probableThe point of view shifts in Ride the Nightmare A phone call disturbs a happily married young couple as it points to either a case of mistaken identity or an unwelcome message from the past We see the wife as she struggles with feelings of loss of integrity and intimacy such that she has trust issues which in turn complicate the situation The husband keeps seeking resolution on many levels but many of his solutions end up having threatening loose ends It is after all a noir story Before the tale reaches its climax the spouses aren t the only ones with trust issues The antagonists who threaten the lives of the young couple and their daughter express trust issues The banker from which a character tries to secure ransom money has trust issues The doctor who is called to deal with a particular but familiar emergency has trust issues The mother in law who was sought as a port in the frightening and growing storm has trust issues Ride the Nightmare has the familiar trope of the character who is well advised to stay away from somewhere but has such an independent streak that said character ends up escalating the trouble with herhis presence And it has the familiar trope of the character who is so curious that said character ends up escalating the trouble Indeed Ride the Nightmare is the most realistic of the three stories for me because the really horrible portions could really happen Noir is the best kind of genre anthology It features novels instead of short stories and each one offers an experience of delightful fear distinctive from the other one It is no wonder Matheson s craft lives on

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Noir Three Novels of Suspense

Noir contains three long lost thrillers by Richard Matheson the grand master of suspense Originally published in the 1950s at the very beginning of Matheson's distinguished career these page turning classics have been largely out of print for decades Now readers everywhere can savor three unforgettable tales of crime corruption and cold blooded murder Someone Is Bl This is a great collection of short novels from one of the greatest storytellers of the 20th century Someone is Bleeding is the first and it is the noiriest noir tale I ve ever read If aliens showed up and wanted to know what noir is I would hand them this book It s got it all from femme fatales to boozed up brawlers etc I almost felt like I was reading something by Ed Brubaker so I figure this book must have had an enormous influence on him Fury on Sunday is the second and it reminds me a lot of Robert Bloch s early work just after he grew out of his Lovecraft phase A sorely deluded maniac escapes from the nuthouse to kill the person he perceives to be his nemesis when in all reality his so called nemesis doesn t really think all that much about him It s harrowing But you know what is harrowing than that The third book Ride the Nightmare A woman discovers her husband and the father of her daughter is not what he says he is Many years back he helped in a heist gone wrong and his partners just escaped from jail with only one thought on their minds revengeIf you re going to pass on this volume after reading everything that I just said you re unhinged Maybe you re Vince from Fury on Sunday Don t be Vince READ THIS BOOK

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Iolence that threatens everyone who crosses his path culminating in a deadly confrontation in a Manhattan apartment building Ride the Nightmare Chris and Helen had the perfect suburban life until Helen discovers her husband's guilty secret Overnight their peaceful existence descends into a vortex of fear and brutality that may cost them the life of their only child I ve only read one and a half of the three novels included in this collection but the one I ve completed warrants this review all on its own Ride the Nightmare was Richard Matheson s first published novel in 1954 and it reads like a bullet Nothing deep nothing philosophical Just an ordinary tale about a naive writer caught up in the seedy underworld of hollywood starlets and obsessive criminals And it s absolutely riveting This book is a must have for fans of the author


10 thoughts on “Noir Three Novels of Suspense

  1. says:

    Noir comprises three short novels penned in the 1950s by the legendary Richard Matheson the man often cited as a creative influence by Stephen King Showcasing the early days of Matheson's distinguished career these vintage potboilers reflect a bygone era of hard boiled suspense and unsubtle proseMatheson's first published novel Someone Is Bleeding 1953 follows novelist and former infantryman David Newton in his efforts

  2. says:

    My first Matheson experience and I decided to start with a collection of three of his earliest short novels assembled here in Noir You have to go into this book realizing this was written in the 50s so it's a little dated although surprisingly it doesn't feel as dated as I thought it would I was shocked at how much violence sex and other R rated material there was in these stories It really caught me off guard Best way to descr

  3. says:

    This is a great collection of short novels from one of the greatest storytellers of the 20th century Someone is Bleeding is the first and it is the noiriest noir tale I've ever read If aliens showed up and wanted to know what noir is I would

  4. says:

    Richard Matheson who just turned 87 is now a veteran author with dozens of screenplays novels and short stories t

  5. says:

    LAST BOOK OF THE YEAR And these were REALLY fun1950s suspense sharp writing just a ton of fun If you can listen t

  6. says:

    Noir is an anthology of three separate novels by a master of suspense one of my favorite scripters for The Twilight Zone Richard Matheson Others will know him as the author of such science fiction standards as I Am Legend and The Incredible

  7. says:

    three stories read in three days one each dayit started off promisingly with someone is bleeding which was my favorite by the last line i had to take a deep breath because i've been holding it for too long without realizi

  8. says:

    I've only read one and a half of the three novels included in this collection but the one I've completed warrants this review all on its own Ride the Nightmare was Richard Matheson's first published novel in 1954 and it reads like a bullet Nothing deep nothing philosophical Just an ordinary tale about a naive writer caught up in the seedy underworld of hollywood starlets and obsessive criminals And it's absolutely riveti

  9. says:

    Three early crimesuspense novels by Matheson Just like with his much celebrated fantasy and science fiction novels the prose is smooth and goes down easy These are far from classics of the crime genre but worth a read just to see where the great man started Of the three I found Fury on a Sunday to be my personal favorite

  10. says:

    Three vintage pulps from Matheson's early writing career My favorite is Someone Is Bleeding the old saw about the shy pretty girl who

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