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No Tomorrow [Reading] ➻ No Tomorrow By Jake Hinkson – Thomashillier.co.uk It s , and Billie Dixon has just talked herself into a new job As the distribution agent for Hollywood s shoddiest movie studio, she travels to rural Arkansas peddling B grade Westerns to poor theater It s , and Billie Dixon has just talked herself into a new job As the distribution agent for Hollywood s shoddiest movie studio, she travels to rural Arkansas peddling B grade Westerns to poor theaters When she meets Amberly Henshaw, the unhappy wife of a preacher on a crusade against the evils of motion pictures, she senses an immediate attraction Billie knows it s crazy to get involved with Amberly, but she tells herself it will just be a quick fling Once Amberly s fanatical husband finds out about their affair, however, Billie Dixon finds herself in a spiral of betrayal and murder.


About the Author: Jake Hinkson

Jake Hinkson, a native of the Arkansas Ozarks, is the author of HELL ON CHURCH STREET, THE POSTHUMOUS MAN, SAINT HOMICIDE, and THE BIG UGLY His first two books are being translated into French by ditions Gallmeister and will be released in Europe in new hardcover editions in He lives in Chicago and blogs at.



10 thoughts on “No Tomorrow

  1. Richard Richard says:

    Jake Hinkson is one of the only crime writers today that really nails the feel of old pulp fiction His work feels perfect for a tiny paperback with some steamy cover art by Robert McGinnis or Robert E Schulz and a little Gold Medal logo on the corner This novel felt evenlike an old Gold Medal pulp than his others I ve read so far haven t readThe Big Uglyyet , probably due to it s period setting.The story takes place in 1947 and follows a woman named William Billie Dixon her mo Jake Hinkson is one of the only crime writers today that really nails the feel of old pulp fiction His work feels perfect for a tiny paperback with some steamy cover art by Robert McGinnis or Robert E Schulz and a little Gold Medal logo on the corner This novel felt evenlike an old Gold Medal pulp than his others I ve read so far haven t readThe Big Uglyyet , probably due to it s period setting.The story takes place in 1947 and follows a woman named William Billie Dixon her mother gave her her father s name as a big fuck you to the no good bastard , who works for one of the Poverty Row B movie studios in Hollywood, tasked with traveling to small country towns to peddle movie masterpieces like this one It s pretty mind numbing work but things get a bitinteresting when she rides into a tiny Ozark town and falls for the bored wife of the town s blind preacher This can t end well, can it Something I really appreciated about this story was how Hinkson treated Billie s homosexuality Similar books that take place in the 40 s would have either handled it luridly, with pulpy, erotic overtones, or would have handled it with a precious, romantic touch, illustrating Billie s bravery and desire to follow her heart during a time of persecution But Hinkson does neither Instead, Billie just is who she is, a lover of women and a habitual heartbreaker, and Hinkson doesn t really dwell on it that s not what the book is about Also, I loved the characters of Lucy and Eustace, the brother sister sheriff duo, Billie s relationship with them, and the subtle way that Hinkson develops it The Lucy Eustace Billie relationship is one of my favorite aspect of all of Hinkson s work so far.But, alas, this novel isn t as completely awesome as others by Hinkson The first two thirds of the novel were great and featured the same skilled writing I love from the author, but the final act suffers a bit from what I thought was a big drop in momentum While I love where he ultimately takes Billie s character, there came a point where it seemed like I turned into just a patient observer as the story strolled along to an ending that I knew was coming but hoping that there might be some surprises along the way And I definitely got emThe novel is ultimately about the unrealistic, romantic expectations and ideals that we all have, but how those ideals come with a price and real life is never the fairy tale that we expect It s also about how we tragically miss real, genuine opportunities in our lives because of these expectations Don t make this one your first book by the author, but if you re a fan of his other work, it s a solid additionA couple of dreams are all I have left So dream a little, just for me


  2. Still Still says:

    Very hard to discuss my impressions of this remarkable novel by Jake Hinkson a true master of the Hardboiled Noir genre without overpraising it As usual, I don t want to give away too much of the story Theand New Pulp Press synopses revealthan enough as it is.The notion of a lesbian hired as an advance man for a sub B movie company hawking PRC Studios product mostly C Westerns throughout the Mid South in 1947 is completely unique Hinkson rewards B movie nerds with referenc Very hard to discuss my impressions of this remarkable novel by Jake Hinkson a true master of the Hardboiled Noir genre without overpraising it As usual, I don t want to give away too much of the story Theand New Pulp Press synopses revealthan enough as it is.The notion of a lesbian hired as an advance man for a sub B movie company hawking PRC Studios product mostly C Westerns throughout the Mid South in 1947 is completely unique Hinkson rewards B movie nerds with references to obscure films and B movie unknown actors that only an ardent movie fan or Western Film Festival regular would be able to recognize These little asides are unimportant to the plot but the references are a completely delightful touch.Hinkson s grasp of the era, the narrator s sexuality, the atmosphere and setting the rural Arkansas Ozarks is uncanny.The novel becomes very, very dark early on Eventually characters a reader might easily mistake as one dimensional, toss away walk ons when first introduced develop intocomplicated, multi faceted figures The sense of dread that permeates NO TOMORROW is overwhelming I haven t read asuspenseful novel in months.The writing is of a level that rivals the best of the practitioners of contemporary Noir.This novel might have been inspired by the Suspense Thriller authors Gil Brewer, Charles Willeford, Jim Thompson, and James M Cain but Jake Hinkson turns this novel into something even greater than the sum total of those mostly original paperback masters.This ranks among the best of the Noir novels of the 21st century


  3. Steven Steven says:

    The first two thirds of this novel confirmed why Jake Hinkson is one of my favorite writers, so I was sad when the energy dissipated in the last third One could argue that it was a thematic dissipation, but even so, that doesn t make for a great denouement and ending I could be way off base here, but I have a sneaking suspicion that this was Hinkson s first novel, and that maybe he couldn t find a publisher until the success of his other books Wouldn t be the first time There are a lot of pa The first two thirds of this novel confirmed why Jake Hinkson is one of my favorite writers, so I was sad when the energy dissipated in the last third One could argue that it was a thematic dissipation, but even so, that doesn t make for a great denouement and ending I could be way off base here, but I have a sneaking suspicion that this was Hinkson s first novel, and that maybe he couldn t find a publisher until the success of his other books Wouldn t be the first time There are a lot of parallels with his non fiction noir writing and that is another reason to suspect that this is early work I mean, it is just hard to imagine that the writer of Hell on Church Street and The Posthumous Man and Saint Homicide and The Big Ugly would follow those books up with this one Could be wrong, but I think this one came first


  4. Sylvie Sylvie says:

    J ai vraiment senti le genre Film Polar Noir et c tait bien crit.Je n ai juste pas aim l histoire qui me semblait trop invraisemblable mais c est aussi a les histoires de ce genre.Mais je vais essayer un autre de ses livres.


  5. Fei Fei says:

    Very good at first, I was quickly taken by the story but I hoped for an exciting plot twist view spoiler that never came unfortunately, everything was finally what it seemed to be She kills people, runs away, gets caught, that s all and it disappointed me a little hide spoiler Very good at first, I was quickly taken by the story but I hoped for an exciting plot twist view spoiler that never came unfortunately, everything was finally what it seemed to be She kills people, runs away, gets caught, that s all and it disappointed me a little hide spoiler


  6. Clay Clay says:

    I don t remember the last time a book kept me from going to sleep but this one certainly did No Tomorrow is the first work of Jake Hinkson that I have read but it certainly won t be the last I find it really awesome that New Pulp Press specifically asks for reviews and I will gladly write a couple of words about it People should writereviews Period.Billie Dixon is a female distributor of bad Hollywood movies One day she comes to Arkansas and meets the wife of a religious fanatic From I don t remember the last time a book kept me from going to sleep but this one certainly did No Tomorrow is the first work of Jake Hinkson that I have read but it certainly won t be the last I find it really awesome that New Pulp Press specifically asks for reviews and I will gladly write a couple of words about it People should writereviews Period.Billie Dixon is a female distributor of bad Hollywood movies One day she comes to Arkansas and meets the wife of a religious fanatic From that moment on she makes one bad decision after another and her life takes a tragic turn It s not necessary to knowabout the plot, as a matter of fact I would argue that the less you know the better.What s remarkable about No Tomorrow is its incredibly tight atmosphere and sense of unease throughout It s quite hard to describe it but I would compare it to sitting in a restaurant and noticing a strange looking couple They exchange words filled with subtle underlying attacks, their body language is off, the bad energy between them grows and it is clear that there s going to be a scene A full on quarrel is about to break out But it s not only uncomfortable it s also dangerous Things might even go violent This is what it felt like reading this work What sis that Jake Hinkson includes several strong female characters They are strong in a realistic way, quick witted, clever, confident This is quite unusual as I have never before read a noir pulp novel with women like these as the main characters Throughout the story I realized that we could be reading the exact same story but from a different perspective, from the good side Both sides of the story are fleshed out remarkably well in terms of characterization.But No Tomorrow is narrated by the villain, if you can call her that You can understand her motives but it is important to point out that she does make several decisions that are completely bonkers This is the one and biggest criticism I would express Apart from that the prose is filled with a lot of clever lines and you can tell Hinkson is an intelligent guy staying away from fake pretentiousness and trying to be too deep I will say that there were moments that could have been handled even better At one point in the story I thought I was experiencing a moment like the famous ending from the movie The Graduate but it was not fleshed out at all Talk about subverting expectations for real Otherwise I would have given it 5 stars Still, to be completely honest I am really quite excited having discovered Jake Hinkson through Goodreads and will certainly readby him


  7. Craig Amason Craig Amason says:

    This is an earlier novel by Hinkson that doesn t show the same skill as his 2019 Dry County, but it s still entertaining The dialogue is a little weak in places, and some of the characters never quite get to the third dimension His portrayal of lesbian sex readslike male heterosexual fantasy than an intimate encounter between two women The relationship between the protagonist and the female sheriff could have beenintriguing with further development This is a short novel On the This is an earlier novel by Hinkson that doesn t show the same skill as his 2019 Dry County, but it s still entertaining The dialogue is a little weak in places, and some of the characters never quite get to the third dimension His portrayal of lesbian sex readslike male heterosexual fantasy than an intimate encounter between two women The relationship between the protagonist and the female sheriff could have beenintriguing with further development This is a short novel On the positive side, the first person narrative of the book is interesting considering how the story ends The setting is the Ozarks, the region where the author grew up, but it could have taken place in many rural areas of the country, especially the South, from the 1940s


  8. Louise Louise says:

    Je reste perplexe suite la lecture de ce roman Je l ai trouv lesbophobe par moment dans l criture de Jake Hinkson Notamment dans le c t coup de foudre et absence de r alisme des premiers bats Parce qu videmment les bats sont r alis s directement, parce que oui les lesbiennes ne savent pas retenir leur pulsion Tout comme ce c t constant du cach par la pri re Alors oui, je veux bien le roman est cens se passer dans les ann es 40 aux USA, mais l criture aurait pu tre tourn e autre Je reste perplexe suite la lecture de ce roman Je l ai trouv lesbophobe par moment dans l criture de Jake Hinkson Notamment dans le c t coup de foudre et absence de r alisme des premiers bats Parce qu videmment les bats sont r alis s directement, parce que oui les lesbiennes ne savent pas retenir leur pulsion Tout comme ce c t constant du cach par la pri re Alors oui, je veux bien le roman est cens se passer dans les ann es 40 aux USA, mais l criture aurait pu tre tourn e autrement pour viter la niaiserie qu inspire malheureusement cette histoire entre 2 femmes


  9. Mysticpt Mysticpt says:

    A nice quick read, my kind of story This noir tale takes place in Arkansas during the 40s but with a nice twist as the leads are all women A great main character and if you think that everything that could go wrong might go wrong for her,.,, well you might be right but the fun is in the reading Jake Hinkson always writes a great story and I will not take as long to read his last one as I did to get to this one 4 Stars


  10. Steve Laflamme Steve Laflamme says:

    Un bon roman dans la tradition de Jim Thompson Les tats Unis ruraux, l Arkansas sale, salement ignare et salement chr tien Un roman f ministe, mon avis les trois personnages forts ou personnages phares sont des femmes la criminelle, l affranchie r veuse et la justici re droite et investie Bien r ussi


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