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Book Review: No Tomorrow By Jake Hinkson

The sign of a good book is this: you want to hurry up and finish so you know what happened while at the same time you want to slow down and enjoy the story. In other words, you don’t want it to end. When it does end, you flip back to the beginning and start again.

No Tomorrow by Jake Hinkson is such a book. If you’re a fan of noir, you’ll enjoy this book.

For readers unfamiliar with Hinkson, you’ve been missing out. His backlist contains gems such as: Hell on Church Street, The Posthumous Man, Saint Homicide, The Big Ugly, and The Deepening Shade (a collection of stories). All of them worth your time to read.

By the way, Hell on Church Street might be one of the best noir books I’ve ever read.

No Tomorrow takes place in 1947. Billie Dixon gets a job as a film distributor of B-grade films to theater owners in Missouri, Arkansas, and Tennessee. Her assignment takes her to Stock’s Settlement, Arkansas, where the theater owner, Claude Peters, is ready to shut down his theater.

Claude’s main problem Brother Obadiah Henshaw, a blind preacher who has convinced the people of Stock’s Settlement that movies are a spawn of the devil. The people might not agree, but they don’t want to feel the wrath of the fundamentalist preacher.

Brother Obadiah happens to be married to the most beautiful woman Billie has ever laid eyes on, Amberly Henshaw. She married Obadiah before he went off to the war, became blind, and devoted himself to the ministry. On Billie’s way out of the church, after Obadiah has rebuffed her overtures to let the people watch movies, Amberly invites Billie to pay her a visit the following day.

Billie is smitten with Amberly and an affair between the two women commences. The encounter is everything Billie imagined it would be, but, instead of staying in Stock’s Settlement, Billie bolts back to California.

She made one bad decision with the affair. She compounds it by returning to Stock’s Settlement at the invitation of Brother Obadiah. When she comes back, all hell breaks loose.

No Tomorrow has it all- noir, religious fundamentalism, odd characters, and small town oddities- but above all it’s a great story. No Tomorrow is the epitome of noir.

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