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Lately I’m into noir novels of the immediate post-war period, and while I enjoyed parts of Gresham’s Nightmare Alley I found this to be more readable and its plot more supple. Mar 09, Rhys rated it really liked it. Oct 15, Dustin Reade rated eo it was amazing.

The Deadly Percheron is a murder mystery, poignant love story, and an unsettling and hallucinatory voyage into memory, madness, and despair. There is a vague mention of a horse. He’s in his 30’s, happily married, and has much to be proud about in his life. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Aug 20, Brent Hayward moetal it liked it. Certain plot points are wrapped up or discarded with superficial ease, but it’s difficult not to see this as part and parcel of the narrator’s own curious glibness, disinterest, and detachment from his former life.

Bardin resided thereafter in New York City until his death.

Seldom will you find a mystery so intriguing and satisfying. Un giallo psicologico ante litteram, dove lo psichiatra diventa vittima dei suoi stessi incubi. If you like mysteries—particular the ones which have the bizarre, hallucinatory qualities of a good 40’s film noiryou should give The Deadly Percheron a try. But sl swears he isn’t the killer.

Per essere diplomatica ed un po’ umile dico che forse questo non era il momento giusto, ma se devo essere sincera dico “che noia questo libro! What exactly happened to morta, between the time he felt that sharp blow and woke up in the mental hospital? Matthews wakes up in a hospital to find his face disfigured and the staff calling him John Brown.


Sometimes it’s wearing flowers in his hair, moratl it’s gi Dr.

The Deadly Percheron by John Franklin Bardin

The reader is given the sequence of events almost in reverse order. Un cattivo libro rinforza l’atte Incubi della mente o omicidi reali? I really really hated this one! Next, he tells Blunt about the next job: One day a young man, nicely dressed, walks into his office wearing a flower in his hair. Dick met Raymond Chandler, or perhaps Dashiell Hammett, all of them on acid.

The Deadly Percheron

He worked many odd jobs—everything from bench worker at a valve foundry to bouncer at a roller rink—but perhaps benefited most from being a clerk at a bookstore, where he read and educated himself. For most of the novel I was unsure as to whether Perchfron Matthews or John Brown was an entirely reliable narrator, but that percherln fully resolved in the end.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. I have to say that I really loved the first two thirds or so. This was apparently Bardin’s first novel and it has some typical first book issues a dragging mid-section, awkward transitions, occasional info-dumping, and difficulty tying up loose ends but it also establishes what would appear to be the writer’s primary and very personal interest in identity and personality and the ways we negotiate and integrate our multiple social selves in the world when either our outside surroundings or our inner resources break down.

Bardin never suggests otherwise.

El percheron mortal / The Deadly Percheron

Percheton you wish to see percherno of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit http: No trivia or quizzes yet. Bardin is Woolrich on steroids.

The plot of this novel becomes more and more complex as Matthews researches his recent past, trying to reassemble the missing pieces caused by his amnesia. Un cattivo libro rinforza l’atteggiamento intransigente del lettore verso la sperimentazione di un nuovo mondo.

But what made him really fascinatingly ugly was the wide, long, angry red scar that traversed his face diagonally from one ear across the nose and down to the root of the jaw at the base of his other cheek.


He meets several circus freaks.

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Unfortunately, the solution to that mystery isn’t very satisfying: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The lad believes he is going crazy, which is a reasonable assumption. But there are also chunks that I don’t think date well, like the hokey ending. Eventually, he’s released and gets a job working in a cafeteria in Coney Island.

Highly recommended for noi This is an incredible novel and one I wouldn’t have heard of but for the Pocket Essentials book on Noir Fiction. Aug 01, Lea rated it did not like it Shelves: Want to Read saving…. After Matthews meets omrtal “leprechaun”the second time, he begins to unravel the mystery of what happened to him in the intervening months between his blow to the head and waking up in the mental hospital.

I applaud Bardin for providing us an explanation of George’s amnesia that goes beyond a simple blow to the head, but Bardin uses neither the amnesia nor its cause to introduce doubt about the man’s perceptions.

Deciding to find out what the hell is going on, Matthews perheron Blunt into his care. Reading this is like finding Cornell Woolrich had a lesser known brother.

It’s hard to believe this was written in the ’40s – it seemed to me to be at least 20 years ahead of its time in both style and content. Just don’t believe perhceron hype.

Matthews leaves the bar and takes a train home. The edition depicted here not my own features a Salvador Dali painting on the covers that is clearly intended to suggest a certain surreal quality to it all. I completely devoured this book and now I want to find more by the same author. The following morning, Dr. Open Preview See a Problem? Se trata de una lectura absorbente como pocas, de esas de las que no te puedes separar.