I am sure to have missed many good novellas and welcome any recommendations. In no particular order:
FIERCE BITCHES by Jedidiah Ayres
In my review I wrote that FIERCE BITCHES is 'a haunting and violent slice of noir set amongst a desolate backdrop where ramshackle residents live and die by their vices.' The first novella published through Crime Factory is a winner.
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KILLING MUM by Allan Guthrie
From my review: Guthrie always brings a lot of justifiable violence and relevant brutality to his fiction but in 'Killing Mum' he brings the added element of dark humour and a questionable state of mind to the lead character (think Goodis 'Nightfall').
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OLD GHOSTS by Nik Korpon
From my review: Lean poetic prose personified by vivid and visceral characterisation. While gory there is a blood crusted beauty to the delivery and style by which Korpon crafts these scenes.
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GUN by Ray Banks
From my review: just another bullet leaving the chamber for Banks who continues to deliver time and time again. GUN is a must for fans of Banks.
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SMOKE by Nigel Bird
From my review: 'Smoke' is a slick, well defined deft tale which embodies the darker side of every day life.
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THE LAST DEEP BREATH by Tom Piccirilli
From my review: The downtrodden characters and seedy occupation contribute to a feeling of grey (apt name for a protagonist in this setting), you know its not going to end with roses and sunshine yet you’re hopelessly drawn to the conclusion.
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BUTTERFLY POTION by Trent Zelazny
From my review: Trent Zelazny’s novella is a quick fire noir with all the hallmarks you’d expect of the genre.
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ISHMAEL TOFFEE by Roger Smith
From my review: This is a powerful novella. It's noir filled with heart-warming and heartbreaking moments.
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R.I.P ROBBIE SILVA by Tony Black
From my review: Tony Black’s style and story substance is a beautiful mash-up of Ken Bruen, Dave Zeltersman, Alan Guthrie, and Ray Banks.
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SHOTGUN GRAVY by Chuck Wendig
From my review: With a reputation forged by a forgetful past, the protagonist of ‘Shotgun Gravy’ oozes sentiments of Sophie Littlefield’s female vigilante, Stella Hardesty. Atlanta Burns, a YA cult hero in the making accounts for her troubles and those of the class underdog by drawing upon basic human survival instinct – and a can of bear mace.
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