False Negative by Joseph Koenig

94%

5 Critic Reviews

Mr. Koenig employs classic elements of pulp but brings them together in an unusually discursive and leisurely style.
-Wall Street Journal

Synopsis

Adam Jordan wrote the best and worst articles of his journalistic career on the same day. The worst was bad enough to get him fired - but the best landed him a new job, penning lurid articles for Real Detective magazine, one of the last of the true-crime pulps. 

Only the case they've got him working on, involving a beauty pageant contestant found dead on an Atlantic City beach, is one some very powerful men would rather see covered up than covered. And if Adam keeps digging, he may find he's digging his own grave... 
 

About Joseph Koenig

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Nominated for the prestigious Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best First Novel for Floater in 1986, Joseph Koenig followed this debut with three more novels in close succession, culminating with the New York Times Notable Book Brides of Blood in 1993. He hasn't published a novel since - until now. False Negative marks the author's triumphant return to publishing with his most personal novel yet, a tale of the last days of the pulp era told as only a veteran of that era could tell it.
 
Published June 5, 2012 by Hard Case Crime. 252 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Science & Math. Fiction
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Critic reviews for False Negative
All: 5 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 0

Wall Street Journal

Excellent
Reviewed by Sarah Weinman on Jun 08 2012

Mr. Koenig employs classic elements of pulp but brings them together in an unusually discursive and leisurely style.

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Blog Critics

Excellent
Reviewed by Bill Sherman on Jul 29 2012

Koenig takes his time with his mystery--focusing as much on the working of pulp crime mags and the dynamics of Eisenhower Era race relations as he does his whodunit.

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Chamber Four

Above average
Reviewed by Sean Clark on Jun 11 2012

For me, the fun of this sort of crime book is the hard-boiled mood. There’s lots of talking wise, of goofy character stereotypes, of clues lining up like dominoes until the hidden hand is finally revealed at the last moment to flick them into satisfying-if-too-neat denouement.

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Geek Life

Excellent
Reviewed by Cape Rust on Jun 15 2012

If you couldn’t already tell, I have mixed emotions about this book. The highs were high and the lows were unnecessary and easily avoidable.

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Grift Magazine

Excellent
Reviewed by Ed Quinlan on Jul 12 2012

False Negative contains fine pulp writing in a style that would be right at home in the pages of Real Detective in 1953.

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