No Tomorrow

No Tomorrow[Read] ➵ No Tomorrow By Jake Hinkson – It’s 1947 and Billie Dixon has just talked herself into a new job As the distribution agent for Hollywood’s shoddiest movie studio she travels to rural Arkansas peddling B grade Westerns to poor t It’s and Billie Dixon has just talked herself into a new job As the distribution agent for Hollywood’s shoddiest movie studio she travels to rural Arkansas peddling B grade Westerns to poor theaters When she meets Amberly Henshaw the unhappy wife of a preacher on a crusade against the evils of motion pictures she senses an immediate attraction Billie knows it’s crazy to get involved with Amberly but she tells herself it will just be a uick fling Once Amberly’s fanatical husband finds out about their affair however Billie Dixon finds herself in a spiral of betrayal and murder. Jake Hinkson is one of the only crime writers today that really nails the feel of old pulp fiction His work feels perfect for a tiny paperback with some steamy cover art by Robert McGinnis or Robert E Schulz and a little Gold Medal logo on the corner This novel felt even like an old Gold Medal pulp than his others I've read so far haven't read The Big Ugly yet probably due to it's period settingThe story takes place in 1947 and follows a woman named William Billie Dixon her mother gave her her father's name as a big fuck you to the no good bastard who works for one of the Poverty Row B movie studios in Hollywood tasked with traveling to small country towns to peddle movie masterpieces like this one It's pretty mind numbing work but things get a bit interesting when she rides into a tiny Ozark town and falls for the bored wife of the town's blind preacher This can't end well can it?Something I really appreciated about this story was how Hinkson treated Billie's homosexuality Similar books that take place in the 40's would have either handled it luridly with pulpy erotic overtones or would have handled it with a precious romantic touch illustrating Billie's bravery and desire to follow her heart during a time of persecution But Hinkson does neither Instead Billie just is who she is a lover of women and a habitual heartbreaker and Hinkson doesn't really dwell on it; that's not what the book is about Also I loved the characters of Lucy and Eustace the brothersister sheriff duo Billie's relationship with them and the subtle way that Hinkson develops it The LucyEustaceBillie relationship is one of my favorite aspect of all of Hinkson's work so farBut alas this novel isn't as completely awesome as others by Hinkson The first two thirds of the novel were great and featured the same skilled writing I love from the author but the final act suffers a bit from what I thought was a big drop in momentum While I love where he ultimately takes Billie's character there came a point where it seemed like I turned into just a patient observer as the story strolled along to an ending that I knew was coming but hoping that there might be some surprises along the way And I definitely got 'emThe novel is ultimately about the unrealistic romantic expectations and ideals that we all have but how those ideals come with a price and real life is never the fairy tale that we expect It's also about how we tragically miss real genuine opportunities in our lives because of these expectations Don't make this one your first book by the author but if you're a fan of his other work it's a solid addition A couple of dreams are all I have left So dream a little just for me A lesbian writer takes b movie film canisters to small towns in her car to sell to run down movie hall owners who cannot afford the stuff put out by big studios Her sexual tangle with the beautiful wife of a fundamentalist Christian preacher in a backwoods Arkansas town changes her life forever Interesting characters setting and premise No uestion about it There are a lot of elements Not all of them fit well together The fundamentalist Southern American town that is deceptively backward and could lynch people if they do not live by the rules was not well built up Characters are introduced randomly and they are hard to believe Nor is the author particularly successful in evoking the sights sounds and smells of small Arkansas towns in the late 1940s I read Paul Theroux's Deep South before this book so maybe I was expecting too much I think Jake Hinkson got caught up with including one twist too many when a little detail and backstory could have made it all convincing Also the voice of Billie the first person lesbian narrator well she sounded like an angry man But the book does work as a women on the run novel The tragic boozy aftermath of a decision made on impulse that unravels on the empty American roads motels and finally in a jail was uite engaging I will be reading of Jake Hinkson Very hard to discuss my impressions of this remarkable novel by Jake Hinkson a true master of the Hardboiled Noir genre – without overpraising it As usual I don't want to give away too much of the story The and New Pulp Press synopses reveal than enough as it isThe notion of a lesbian hired as an advance man for a sub B movie company hawking PRC Studios product mostly C Westerns throughout the Mid South in 1947 is completely uniue Hinkson rewards B movie nerds with references to obscure films and B movie unknown actors that only an ardent movie fan or Western Film Festival regular would be able to recognize These little asides are unimportant to the plot but the references are a completely delightful touchHinkson's grasp of the era the narrator's sexuality the atmosphere and setting the rural Arkansas Ozarks is uncannyThe novel becomes very very dark early on Eventually characters a reader might easily mistake as one dimensional toss away walk ons when first introduced develop into complicated multi faceted figures The sense of dread that permeates NO TOMORROW is overwhelming I haven’t read a suspenseful novel in monthsThe writing is of a level that rivals the best of the practitioners of contemporary NoirThis novel might have been inspired by the Suspense Thriller authors Gil Brewer Charles Willeford Jim Thompson and James M Cain but Jake Hinkson turns this novel into something even greater than the sum total of those mostly original paperback mastersThis ranks among the best of the Noir novels of the 21st century The first two thirds of this novel confirmed why Jake Hinkson is one of my favorite writers so I was sad when the energy dissipated in the last third One could argue that it was a thematic dissipation but even so that doesn't make for a great denouement and ending I could be way off base here but I have a sneaking suspicion that this was Hinkson's first novel and that maybe he couldn't find a publisher until the success of his other books Wouldn't be the first time There are a lot of parallels with his non fiction noir writing and that is another reason to suspect that this is early work I mean it is just hard to imagine that the writer of Hell on Church Street and The Posthumous Man and Saint Homicide and The Big Ugly would follow those books up with this one Could be wrong but I think this one came first Very good at first I was uickly taken by the story but I hoped for an exciting plot twist view spoiler that never came unfortunately everything was finally what it seemed to be She kills people runs away gets caught that's all and it disappointed me a little hide spoiler I don't remember the last time a book kept me from going to sleep but this one certainly did No Tomorrow is the first work of Jake Hinkson that I have read but it certainly won't be the last I find it really awesome that New Pulp Press specifically asks for reviews and I will gladly write a couple of words about it People should write reviews PeriodBillie Dixon is a female distributor of bad Hollywood movies One day she comes to Arkansas and meets the wife of a religious fanatic From that moment on she makes one bad decision after another and her life takes a tragic turn It's not necessary to know about the plot as a matter of fact I would argue that the less you know the betterWhat's remarkable about No Tomorrow is its incredibly tight atmosphere and sense of unease throughout It's uite hard to describe it but I would compare it to sitting in a restaurant and noticing a strange looking couple They exchange words filled with subtle underlying attacks their body language is off the bad energy between them grows and it is clear that there's going to be a scene A full on uarrel is about to break out But it's not only uncomfortable it's also dangerous Things might even go violent This is what it felt like reading this work What's is that Jake Hinkson includes several strong female characters They are strong in a realistic way uick witted clever confident This is uite unusual as I have never before read a noirpulp novel with women like these as the main characters Throughout the story I realized that we could be reading the exact same story but from a different perspective from the good side Both sides of the story are fleshed out remarkably well in terms of characterizationBut No Tomorrow is narrated by the villain if you can call her that You can understand her motives but it is important to point out that she does make several decisions that are completely bonkers This is the one and biggest criticism I would express Apart from that the prose is filled with a lot of clever lines and you can tell Hinkson is an intelligent guy staying away from fake pretentiousness and trying to be too deep I will say that there were moments that could have been handled even better At one point in the story I thought I was experiencing a moment like the famous ending from the movie The Graduate but it was not fleshed out at all Talk about subverting expectations for real Otherwise I would have given it 5 stars Still to be completely honest I am really uite excited having discovered Jake Hinkson through Goodreads and will certainly read by him This is an earlier novel by Hinkson that doesn't show the same skill as his 2019 Dry County but it's still entertaining The dialogue is a little weak in places and some of the characters never uite get to the third dimension His portrayal of lesbian sex reads like male heterosexual fantasy than an intimate encounter between two women The relationship between the protagonist and the female sheriff could have been intriguing with further development This is a short novel On the positive side the first person narrative of the book is interesting considering how the story ends The setting is the Ozarks the region where the author grew up but it could have taken place in many rural areas of the country especially the South from the 1940s Hollywood visits fundamentalist Arkansas as Billie begins her new job peddling B and C grade movies to rural theaters Everyone knows everyone else's business in a small town and strangers are noticed right off the bat The mantra should be Don't stay in town long as they'll see how you're different and the trouble will start But Billie lacks caution and gets adventurous and strays from the narrowand encounters the wrath of God and Arkansaslike a frog in boiling water the temperature rising dangerously but not realizing death in imminent Well done characters sense of scene bleakness and mental wounding and anguish in this noir of murder forbidden lust and missed love Jake Hinkson is a writer of great talent A nice uick read my kind of story This noir tale takes place in Arkansas during the 40s but with a nice twist as the leads are all women A great main character and if you think that everything that could go wrong might go wrong for her well you might be right but the fun is in the reading Jake Hinkson always writes a great story and I will not take as long to read his last one as I did to get to this one 4 Stars absolutely loved this book I could not put it down and really got into it from the very beginning The strong and wanna be independent women are all uniue and fascinating There is a very good rythm and the author always brings a new turn when the novel is slowing down highly recommend this book to people who like the genre and for those new to it like me

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  • Paperback
  • 222 pages
  • No Tomorrow
  • Jake Hinkson
  • English
  • 06 June 2016
  • 9780692524275