Thursday, November 8, 2012
Review of Even Flow by Darragh McManus (2012, Roundfire Books)
Even Flow is difficult to categorise - it’s kind of a political, screwball noir. It took me a chapter or so to get into the story, but once it clicked into place the pages just flew-by. The second half of the story is especially strong as the action, dialogue and politics all get ratcheted-up, and it has a very nice noir ending. It helped that the cultural references were of my generation and that the gender and sexual politics of the gang are ones that I share. Interestingly, the text is broken up by photo-dialogue pieces, newspaper articles, emails and art. The characterisation is a little thin, but what makes this a fun and engaging read is the plot and politics. I’d recommend it to anyone who likes their noir to have a deeper message.