Clunky sentences, gratuitous metaphors and forced similes, bad grammar – they all combine to grate on the nerves, and give the book an unfortunately amateurish feel: The Star
No Arrests for the Wicked (Editor Eeleen Lee, Fixi Novo) is the book’s cheesy subtitle, but this doesn’t mean that bad deeds go unpunished. Indeed, there are no happy endings for anyone, but the price of crime is never anything as conventional as the rope or 60 years with no hope for parole.
Retribution is invariably more creative, poetic even, and much more gruesome than one would suffer if left in the hands of the legal system, as grubby as their paws might be. Hey, it’s noir so there can be no mercy, no silver lining.
The sticky ends suffered by the characters are predictable, but the stories are told with such relish that I didn’t find it terribly hard to get into the spirit of things and just revel in the blood, gore and violence.