Nils Grevillius, a gifted and witty writer, resurrects the carnivalesque, floating world of the detective novel in a series of riveting stories, set in the seamier side of Pasadena and environs, and narrated by the wily gun-for-hire Luke Fitzgerald. "Horse Play", the fourth installment of Fitz's odyssey, casts him as a knight errant on a quest to find a stolen horse. But that's only the beginning of the unravellings. The action-packed novella is simultaneously an entertainment and a subtly subversive discourse on individuality and masculine identity in the post modern age. The detective's terse, syncopated descriptions create a rhythm that evokes the blues gone electric; the brilliantly detailed nuanced mise en scene transcends genre and becomes literature.
It's not a coincidence that both the hard-boiled detective novel and the blues emerged and developed with the birth of the modernism in the 1920s. The detective and the bluesman - itinerant, marginalized loners - are spiritual brothers, embodiments of the instability of the 20th century. But now both the blues and the detective novel have almost vanished, supplanted by the lazy, static hipsterism that dominates the post-modern landscape. "Horse Play" – wry, pungent and potent, is a much-needed antidote to the bland remains of the day.
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Nils Grevillius, now a writer of Nuevo Noir, is a long time Private Investigator.
A veteran of The Pinkerton Service, Grevillius is best known for his work in the
Wonderland Avenue, Four on the Floor, Murder Case.
This is his detective agency, located in Pasadena, CA, serving ..