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There’s even one in a van outside the bar; all he has to do is tie it up at a given location. They will give you cues all mortwl. A leprechaun, not the three inch tall Irish variety, but the American 3 foot tall variety, pays him to wear a ek flower in his hair every day. Highly recommended for noir fans. Another girl sat more stiffly beside her–a small, neat, childlike creature with soft-brown curls and an open, innocent look in her blue eyes.

George Matthews was found dead ten months ago. People can’t remember who the main character is. View all 3 comments. Darker, more complex, even more chilling. Return to Book Page. What exactly happened to him between nortal time he felt that sharp blow and woke up in the mental hospital?

Paperbackpages. 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. He thinks he might be crazy. The prose is also very strong, and Bardin seems to have a good handle on the psychology of his main characters–it’s easy to tell all the way through that the writer knew where the story was going from the very beginning and folded those details in neatly throughout the book.


However, the man they produce as Jacob Blunt isn’t the same man who came to see the psychiatrist. Un cattivo libro rinforza l’atte Incubi della mente o omicidi reali? Sure, some of the psychoanalytical mumbo-jumbo sounds hokey and the ending is a little flat.

The Deadly Percheron

Now, he is considered by many to be one of the most important American noir writers. The money he’s paid is good, but the little men keep wanting him to do stranger and stranger things.

A very strange and brilliant crime novel originally published in 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.

One day a young man, nicely dressed, walks into pedcheron office wearing a flower in his hair.

Deciding to find out what the hell is going on, Matthews accepts Blunt into his care. Sure Blunt is the brunt of a hoax, Dr. Bardin writes a nicely psychological story that really throws the reader for a loop early on and guaranteed that I stuck around for the end; I loved how such a ridiculous setup was made to seem chilling and even riveting, and I actually think the way it was resolved was inventive and interesting.

Sep 13, Timothy Mayer rated it really liked it Shelves: Matthews learns that a famous Broadway actress has been murdered and there is a Percheron tethered in front of her townhouse. In the real world.


I was first struck by this seemingly very modern word appearing in a book as old asbut then, after some research, I realized the words date back to the Middle English period of the 16th century, skelte hasten. But on the way to the subway, he is struck from behind and passes out.

El percheron mortal / The Deadly Percheron

And this is the key to perchegon book’s reevaluation: But one day he encounters the leprechaun he’d met with Jacob Blunt He has a perfectly illogical explanation for that. 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. Bardin resided thereafter in New York City until his death.

A fast read, typical noir, feels a bit dated and at times contrived, but not jortal, like watching an old movie.

EL PERCHERÓN MORTAL – improvisación sónica

Another leprechaun pays him to give away a certain number of quarters every day. I really appreciate the way that John Franklin Bardin describes people in this novel. For its influence on the movie “Mona Lisa. 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.