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Repeat New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore returns to the mean streets of San Francisco in this outrageous follow-up to his madcap novel Noir.

San Francisco, 1947. Bartender Sammy “Two Toes” Tiffin and the rest of the Cookie’s Coffee Irregulars—a ragtag bunch of working mugs last seen in Noir—are on the hustle: they’re trying to open a driving school; shanghai an abusive Swedish stevedore; get Mable, the local madam, and her girls to a Christmas party at the State Hospital without alerting the overzealous head of the S.F.P.D. vice squad; all while Sammy’s girlfriend, Stilton (a.k.a. the Cheese), and her “Wendy the Welder” gal pals are using their wartime shipbuilding skills on a secret project that might be attracting the attention of some government Men in Black. And, oh yeah, someone is murdering the city’s drag kings and club owner Jimmy Vasco is sure she’s next on the list and wants Sammy to find the killer.

Meanwhile, Eddie “Moo Shoes” Shu has been summoned by his Uncle Ho to help save his opium den from Squid Kid Tang, a vicious gangster who is determined to retrieve a priceless relic: an ancient statue of the powerful Rain Dragon that Ho stole from one of the fighting tongs forty years earlier. And if Eddie blows it, he just might call down the wrath of that powerful magical creature on all of Fog City.

Strap yourselves in for a bit of the old razzmatazz, ladies and gentlemen. It’s Christopher Moore time.

©2022 Christopher Moore (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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Worth every penny, it just what I needed, more damn good Christopher Moore. Its the tits!

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Noir Has Never Been So Funny

I consider myself something of a noir connoisseur and after nearly 20 years of indulging my habit I thought I’d seen, heard, and read it all. I own a signed first edition from James Ellroy and I’ve been following the exploits of Philip Marlowe, Sam Spade, and Mike Hammer since I was 12 (probably why I’m single). A weird flex, I know, but I say these things not to brag but merely to establish my noir bonafides. So please, trust me when I say: noir has NEVER been this much fun.
From the characters, to the setting, to the narrator, Razzmatazz delivers a pitch perfect noir pastiche that’s as compelling as it is hilarious. The writing crackles with wit, humor, and just the right amount of edge. It genuinely reads like James Ellroy wrote a Venture Brothers episode or James Gunn re-wrote “The Maltese Falcon”. And while most of the credit for Razzmatazz’s brilliance should go to Christopher Moore, the performance of Johnny Heller also deserves praise. He delivers both the humor and the hard-boiled staccato soul of the material perfectly and adds so much personality to an already vibrant story. Whether you like to laugh, like to noir, or both, you’ll definitely find something to enjoy in Christopher Moore’s Razzmatazz.

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Loved It!!!

I wasn't quite blown away by the 1st Novel (though it was entertaining), but I thoroughly enjoyed the expansion of the world & characters in the sequel. Hope there's a third novel on the way with more insight into Lone Jones.
Also love Johnny Heller's narration, which makes the entire book come to life.

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This story is the bee’s knees

I’m a big fan of old pulp gumshoe and noir stories and this book delivers. Rushing out the gate on all cylinders. I couldn’t stop listening as soon as I started. Get it and you will not be disappointed

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Typical Chris Moore

As usual, I loved this book. Christopher Moore is one of my favorites and I love the characters in his books. And Johnny Heller is the best. I have read or listened to every book CM has published except The Griff which is sitting on my shelf waiting to be read (my wife teases me for reading comic books so I have to be sneaky about it)

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If you love Christopher Moore read it for sure

A 'follow up' to Noir. Noir was the first book by this author that I read (listened to) and I loved it. It's dark, it's hilarious, it's engaging, it's really good. I'm hooked on Christopher Moore, and Eddie Moo-shoes, The Cheese, Uncle Ho, 'Lone' and of course our intrepid protagonist Sammy Two-Toes and all these rest of their gang.

The narrator is perfect. I can't imagine reading this book after having heard this narrator's reading of it. He totally gets what the author is doing and saying. And how he's saying it. Listening makes this and other Christopher Moore books even more enjoyable.
The characters are like no others, The dialog is so funny I was laughing out loud alone in my car.

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Fun story

Another fun period comedic novel from Christopher Moore. Great characters with excellent narrative performance.
Very enjoyable.

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so much flavor

the story's is ridiculous in the authors style. the narrator is amazing. but I keep referring this novel (and it's predecessor noir) to people because of the setting and dialog which the narrator aces.

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Perfectly Insane

Once again Mr. Moore has entertained me. Johnny Heller's voice work was perfect. The story line twists were perfect . I waited five months to hear this book and I'm perfectly pleased..

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Another great listen

I have been a fan of Christopher Moore for a while now, and when Noir came out I was blown away it quickly became my favorite book of his - in this continuation using the same set of characters and narrator - I am just as pleased with the story and narration. Highly recommended.

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