I might be a month or two late to this party, but I've just read the first release from new Noir publisher Number 13 Press
Of Blondes and Bullets by Michael Young, is gritty, very British, and brings back memories of classic pulp and noir titles.
Although the first chapter starts with a fight in a workshop, it takes some time before we know who these people really are. In the second chapter we meet Frank and it's through his eyes we see the rest of the novella. After saving a drowning woman, Frank then attempts to help and gets involved in her current problems - that's putting it mildly, and I'll stop there to avoid blowing the plot.
Have to say, it was a pleasure to read. It was always going somewhere and there were no wasted words. It's a novella so it doesn't take to read, but it's the right length for the story.
Look forward to more titles.
4.5 / 5