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Thursday Quotables – The Troubleshooter

New Haven Blues (Bard Constantine)

Whoever said that misery loves company was right on the money – and probably the loneliest soul on the planet. Because the problem is that company doesn’t love you back. Being miserable is actually  a rather dismal and insular experience, something I can relate to from prolonged exposure.

Naturally the depression was complimented by the sound of rain pounding the pavement outside my grime-streaked windows. I didn’t complain, though. Most folks hate the rain ‘cause they’re thinking about their hair  or their darb rags that are about to get socked. Then you got those daisies that get all depressed and sit around crying and writing poetry and all.

But me?

Suited my mood just fine. The office air conditioner blew its circuits a while back, so I kinda like it when the rain cools things down. You know; washed some of the grime off the streets and into the gutters where it belongs. It never lasted. The cleanness, I mean. That’s about the only thing you could bank on in New Heaven.

NEW HAVEN BLUES IS The Troubleshooter'S first case, a very classi #dieselpunk story Share on X
Thursday Quotables Meme

This is the opening from The Troubleshooter – New Heaven Blues by Bard Constantine. This is a fun story, where fun means a lot a of things happen all of the time and you rush thought the story breathless, wanting to know what will happen next. I’m enjoying it, and what I’m enjoying the most is the language. I like this narration, so close to spoken language. It makes it sound as if the author were telling us the story rather than let us read it.

This is a very grim dieselpunk story, with a lot of shady and downright dark characters, in a place where life is cheap and smartness is your best bet at survival. A fun place to read.

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Pinteret pin. The text reads, "New Heaven Blues by Bard Constantin - Book Review". The picture shows the Chicago landscape at night. Yellow lights bring in the blue atmosphere.
NEW HEAVEN BLUES (Bard Constantine) - Who knew that going after a kinapped leg was going to be this dangerous? And who wants all those memories that are floating to the surface of the Troubleshooter's mind?
Pinteret pin. The text reads, "New Haven Blues (by Bard Constantin )". The black-and-white picture shows a man in a long trench walking in a deserted city alley. The stark light cutting sharp shadow gives a very definite film noir feeling.

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