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When Elliot Stilling killed himself, he thought his troubles were over. Then the ER doctors revived him. It’s infatuation at first sight when he meets his nurse, Felicia Vogan, a strange young woman with a weakness for sad sacks and losers. After she helps Elliot escape from the hospital, she takes him back to her place. He’s happy to go with her, even when she leads him sWhen Elliot Stilling killed himself, he thought his troubles were over. Then the ER doctors revived him. It’s infatuation at first sight when he meets his nurse, Felicia Vogan, a strange young woman with a weakness for sad sacks and losers. After she helps Elliot escape from the hospital, she takes him back to her place. He’s happy to go with her, even when she leads him straight to a gang planning a million dollar heist. Does Felicia just want Elliot to protect her from the outfit’s psychotic leader, Stan the Man? Or is Elliot being set up to take the hard fall? One thing’s for sure: if he’s going to survive this long night of deceit and murder, Elliot will have to finally face himself and his own dark past....

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  • Richard
    2019-02-17 16:04

    "Without God, there's no wall between us and the dark."I didn't think that the second novel that I read by Jake Hinkson could be better than his first slam-dunk, Hell on Church Street. I mean, I hoped that might be the case but I definitely had doubts. But then I got about a quarter of the way through this one and realized that, yep, somehow it's even better. Here, Hinkson crafts yet another politically-incorrect pot-boiler that you can't help but watch like a massive car wreck on the side of the road.Elliot Stilling is a former Baptist preacher that kills himself only to be revived and brought back to life in the hospital by a pretty young nurse named Felicia. Now back in the land of the living and feeling a connection to Felicia, he gets roped into a heist she's involved in to steal a bunch of Oxy and make over $2 million. For the first time since the robbery had begun I felt a real, gut-level fear. Committing a crime, I'd discovered, wasn't that scary. Trying to get away with it, however, was terrifying.I loved the idea of this man who is reluctantly given a second chance at life, feeling like he got brought back for a reason, and now feels compelled to live this new life he's been given, which just happens to be a criminal one. To me that concept was pretty fascinating. At it's core, the story is this existential portrait of a man reborn and ready to atone. But then on top of that, the story is impeccably paced, well-constructed, and wonderfully-written. This might be weird to say, but Hinkson's talent reminds me a lot of Quentin Tarantino. I'm not a Tarantino fanboy, but like him, Hinkson has this real knack of crafting these extended sequences that build so much inherent tension that they get difficult to bear but at the same time it's literally impossible to put the book down until the end of the chapter. There are scenes in this book that are just pitch perfect in their construction and filled with great dialogue. Anything involving Stan the Man, naked dead-body-disposal, or porn-addicted junkyard hillbillies! I swear, if I didn't have to deal with everyday life stuff, I could've finished this in one sitting. Now I'm even more excited to read Hinkson's other work and to see what he does next, because this book was awesome.The only thing worse than being a monster is being a daily reminder that horrible things happen for no reason at all.

  • Still
    2019-01-31 07:57

    I purchased this from Amazon and read it on my Kindle last Thursday to Friday night.I could have knocked this out in one swift read but there was something about Jake Hinkson's writing that made me go back and re-read certain parts just to try figure out how the author was working his strange magic with this compelling, highly suspenseful read. The story opens with the narrator/protagonist waking up in a Little Rock ER in the middle of some kind of surgical procedure. I hope this isn't considered any kind of a spoiler but by the end of the first chapter it's explained that he's in the ER because he attempted suicide and was damned near successful.Why'd he try to kill himself you might wonder. That's for the author to know and you to read the novel to find out.He winds up falling for one of the nurses who takes a fancy to him. Together they quickly find themselves at the mercy of some major league Arkansas redneck badasses.But don't anticipate typical regional color or confuse the Southern setting for the usual grit-lit/country-noir thriller.Jake Hinkson's novel could easily be mistaken for a Gil Brewer, Charles Williams, Dan J. Marlowe, Robert Edmond Alter, Peter Rabe, Richard Neeley, Harry Whittington or any of a handful of other authors who specialized in that unique name-your-bleakest noir-standalone originally published in the 50s-60s by Lion or Gold Medal.Heck, this could have easily been reissued by Black Lizard back in the late 80's/early 90's and passed off as a neglected classic from Lion or Belmont and I never would have known the difference.I mean this as high praise.If you value the writing of any of the above mentioned authors then you might want to pick this one up (or download it) to see how the tradition of the dead-end thriller is being maintained in the 21st century.=======================================================Second time around -this time the trade paper edition.This novel? It's brilliant - stunning.Reminds me of David Goodis, Jim Thompson and the rest of those Lion & Gold Medal greats.No reason to go over the plot line again.You'll either read this one or you won't.I don't care if you read it or not but the odds are that if you'reading this review this novel is up your alley.If you choose not to read this it's your loss - not mine.Please don't let it be your loss.This is worthy of the attention of any lit-noir enthusiast.HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION.27 stars!!

  • Sandra
    2019-01-28 14:14

    There is something about this Jake Hinkson that pulls you right into the story.My thoughts keep going back to this scene in the book which involves multiple bodies. Dead or alive. Which were cleverly dealt with. You simply cannot look away.This is my first book by him and I'm sure there will be many more.

  • Brandon
    2019-01-27 08:09

    Elliot Spilling wakes up in a hospital to discover he succeeded in killing himself. Well, for three minutes anyway. A chance encounter with a nurse leads to Elliot injecting himself into a plan to steal millions in drugs from a hospital shipment. Will Elliot and his new found associates reap the rewards of a successful plan or will everything come crashing down around them?Having just finished Jake Hinkson’s first novel, Hell on Church Street, I was hungry for more. Luckily for me, I didn’t have to wait. For a criminally low price, Hinkson’s follow-up The Posthumous Man is available as an e-book on the Kindle Store. Coming in at a brisk 148 pages, Hinkson takes us to a small town in Arkansas shortly before a gang of wannabe heisters steal a load of Oxy to earn a cool two million dollars. Comprised of a bankrupt businessman, a cop and his twin brother, a nurse and a man recovering from a failed suicide attempt, there’s no way the plan can fail!In an attempt to avoid spoilers – and believe me, with the way this novel turns out, the less you know the better – I’ll leave it at that. Hinkson uses his talent for creating likable scumbag characters by throwing out this rag-tag collection of losers you can’t help but root for. Even when everything is falling apart, you’ll still pulling for a victory.Just like with Hell on Church Street, the violence is swift and coarse. There’s no sugar coating anything here – Hinkson rips open a wound and forces you to look at it. It’s good to know that after reading crime fiction for all these years, there are still authors out there that can shock me with a certain way of writing brutality.If you’re looking for a rapid read that’s hard to put down, look no further than Hinkson’s The Posthumous Man.Cross Posted @ Every Read ThingI interviewed Jake!

  • Kathy
    2019-01-27 13:03

    This was a mixture of crime, religion and redemption that can best be enjoyed by those of us who know our Bible quotes. This was totally implausible and totally welcome as a lively yet desperate attempt to live again once dead. A suicide victim is revived after being dead for 3 minutes, and the hospital employee who shows sympathy draws him into a major heist of oxycodone from the hospital. The characters he is introduced to are something he was never prepared for in his life as a pastor."The trick, I could have told them, is that the contents of that truck were never going to make any of us happy. Being the disgraced ex-preacher among a band of hijackers is a dubious position of moral authority, however, so I kept my observations to myself."There is a good measure of humour as well as devastating evil along this wild crime ride.

  • Stephen
    2019-02-13 13:12

    Jake Hinkson's books combine noir with a very disillusioned view of religion which presumably links back to events in the author's background/upbringing. It makes for a very bleak and dark perspective but it does add that something extra. I really enjoyed his first book, Hell on Church Street but this one was even better. Great story (starts off with a near death experience in a hospital which then moves on to performing a holdup of a lorry full of drugs with a nurse), great characters (Stan the gang leader is particularly evil) and a fantastic twist at the end.Will be seeking out more by this author, but be warned that these books should come with a warning for anyone who takes offence at violence or irreverence..

  • Josh
    2019-01-20 12:48

    Recently noir novellas have brought back that pulp style single plot thread delivery with a peripheral side story attached to the protagonist in a way that is reminiscent of the dime store pulps of yester year with THE POSTHUMOUS MAN a perfect example. It’s taut, lean, precise, and as sharp as a scalpel. Hinkson doesn’t waste a word as he thrusts the recently departed then revived former reverend Elliot Stilling into a world far removed from the church. God is an absentee landlord inaccessible for any of the criminally inclined characters in THE POSTHUMOUS MAN. I enjoyed every aspect of THE POSTHUMOUS MAN. From nurse Felicia’s involvement with the underworld and some very shady characters to Elliot’s evolution from a man of the cloth to a man more than capable of sending his foes to meet their maker. Accompanying this violent story is one of immense loss which not only rationalises Elliot’s actions but makes him more human in doing so.

  • Scott Cumming
    2019-02-20 08:57

    4.5 stars.My Dad mentioned Jake Hinkson to me a long, long time back and as is the case with a lot of recommendations he and his work got lost in the shuffle of what I was reading and wanting to read at the time. I noticed most of his books are available through Kindle Unlimited and thought I'd take the plunge and I'm ever so happy that I did.The Posthumous Man recounts the tale of Elliot Stilling, a former preacher who has attempted suicide and succeeded for all of three minutes. All he can remember from his time being treated are the blue eyes and black star tattoo of a nurse, Felicia, who comes to visit him the next day. Elliot escapes the hospital and decides the best course of action is to follow Felicia. Little does he know the trouble it'll lead to.This noir has a bit of everything you'd want in a crime novel; some mystery, some action, great characters and unseen twists. It was next to impossible to put down and the pacing is excellent. The only reason it's not a 5 star review is that the ending arrives so suddenly and is more ambiguous than I wanted on this occasion.Overall, though, a cracking read and I won't leave it so long until my next Hinkson (hopefully).

  • Mike Monson
    2019-02-17 07:52

    Wow. I don't know where to begin. I feel a little silly about how much I love this book. I JUST finished it. So good. At first, I kept thinking, I like this, but I liked Hell on Church Street better, then about three quarters of the way through I decided that I like it as much as Hell on Church Street and by the end I think it is one of the best noirs I've ever read, even better the Hell On etc.I read all the time and I read a lot. But, I am very impatient. If a book bores me, if a book is silly or stupid or illogical, or if a book is so badly written I can see the writers hand clearly through the paper thinking and plotting and planning -- I will throw that book across the room. I will not read it.Some books, though, can make some of those mistakes a little bit if the book is mostly good. A lot of books are like that. I'll be bored but skip around and move on and get interested again, or, I'll see something clunky in the plot or the writing but only once or twice and I'll keep reading.This book has none of those flaws. It starts up right away and just hums along to a logical and satisfying ending. It's actually quite lovely for a noir. Great characters, horrible bad guys, lots of action and surprises.I could go on I guess. But my point is that for me, this was a completely fun and satisfying book. I loved it.

  • Sean Owen
    2019-02-17 10:12

    "The Posthumous Man" opens with the narrator in an emergency room where doctors are fighting to keep him alive. From this start the novel keeps a rapid pace following the narrator, Elliot, as he gets involved in a major heist. Though it requires a major effort in the suspension of disbelief the book does manage to move along. It does so mostly on the questions about Elliot's back story and to a lesser extent the questions about how the whole heist will turn out. Hinkson manages to avoid the overheated metaphors and gore that drag similar books down.

  • Randy
    2019-02-13 08:05

    Elliot Stilling swallowed a bottle of pills, chasing it with a bottle of liquor. He died in the emergency room, for three minutes, before he was revived. In the struggle during that process, he spots a nurse working on him, a black star tattooed on the back of one hand. He's instantly attracted to her.Felicia Vogon is her name and when he walks out of the hospital, sneaks actually, she helps him to escape. With nowhere to go, Elliot sticks with her and ends up in the midst of a million dollar drug heist in the planning stages. A pair of twin brothers, one a cop, the other a mute, and a crazy leader called Stan The Man.Elliot is not a brave man, but he sticks with Felicia, he's not sure why, and not sure why she's attached herself to the- weak man?-he's become. Is he to be some sort of fall guy? Does she want him for protection? And Elliot has a secret that he doesn't want to talk about, likely whatever drove him to suicide. He does admit to being an ex-preacher, a man who'd lost the faith.Once again, Jake Hinkson and Beat To A Pulp have brought us a fast moving and violent crime novella. Recommended.

  • Steven
    2019-02-10 11:56

    Another great noir novel from Jake Hinkson. Ex-preacher Elliott Stilling succeeds in killing himself only to be revived in the ER. He sneaks out of the hospital, gets picked up by one of the ER nurses at a drugstore parking lot, and then in a mis-guided attempt to help her finds himself involved in a heist of a few million dollars worth of Oxycodone. Over the course of a day and a night the heist goes down and Stilling's descent into hell begins. Don't want to give a way any storyline details, but there are a couple of amazing scenes that are among the best noir scenes I've read. At one point bodies must be disposed of and they have to get naked to do it. And then there is a journey through a landfill at night. These scenes are just crushing, both literally and figuratively. What also drives this novel are the answers to the questions every one keeps asking Stilling about his past that he refuses to answer. Hinkson strings that mystery along until the end, where the answers have the most force. This is crime-noir at it's best. Lean, mean, and existential. Everything is a mess, but redemption is still possible, isn't it? Hinkson sends Stilling on that journey to find out.

  • Morandia
    2019-01-23 14:58

    Ever have one of those days where you have no idea how you ended up in the middle of a huge mess but there you were. And it keeps getting worse? That is what happens in this book. It is a somewhat interesting read. I picked it up because it starts in Little Rock, AR and I'm from AR. I could imagine these things happening to someone, well, not really, but in a story at least, but overall, there were no redeeming characters in the book. Everyone was seriously flawed or did terrible things. I really wanted to like the book, but alas, the best I can say is the book is OK. I hate the ending though. It just... stops. I wouldn't read it again, nor would I recommend it to friends.

  • Christopher Ropes
    2019-02-11 09:57

    The Posthumous Man is not my first Hinkson. I've read his collection, which was brilliant, and assorted other short stories. This is my first longer work I've read of his. It won't be the last.Elliott is a haunted man, as so many neo-noir "heroes" are. He's so haunted that, at the beginning of the book, he has not only attempted suicide, he succeeded. He has become the posthumous man of the title. But, as it happens, his life is saved. And, to keep this short, without much in the way of spoilers, he falls into a heist with one of the nurses who helped save him.The heist drives the plot. But, the soul of the book is in the idea of redemption. We find out why Elliott tried to end his life and what it is that is haunting him. He's a disgraced former preacher, and his relationship with God, or lack thereof, is the philosophical core of the book. A man without God in need of redemption... where does he turn? That's the question. And the answer is shattering.I loved this book so much, I can guarantee I will read it again eventually. Hinkson's small-town noir, filled with hillbilly characters and drunk on unorthodox Christology, is a wonder to behold. This is a book that is not just entertaining, though it is that... it's an investigation into the nature of God for a post-God world. This book matters. You can't go wrong with Hinkson.

  • Stuart
    2019-02-16 15:07

    Summary of the Book :This book is a novella which isn't usually my area as I enjoy a densely written story I can get completely lost in, where this book is more of a shot of caffeine, fast paced and wears off too soon. This story is set in the first person which helps maintain the depth to the main character's plot line.The story follows Elliott Stilling who decides to commit suicide and is saved after only 3 minutes of being dead. Elliott is saved by a nurse by the name of Felicia Logan, who he forms a bond with during his return to life. When he escapes the hospital he bumps into Felicia again and manages to get embroiled in a high stakes heist. This is a fast paced story where you meet many bad people doing lots of bad things, The reader also learns more about Elliott and his past and there is a lot to learn.As this is a short-ish story line we only really get to know Elliott during the events in this book. He is a deep character who battles many troubles and is looking for some existential answers. The other character that makes an impact in this story is Stan-the-Man, a gangster who is a double sided coin of trouble. This book did make me shed a few tears as it is emotional in places and being a parent has made me a bit more emotional these days :P.The plot structure is great as it never loses momentum and the reader can meet new people in the story without it slowing it's pace, the characters are written for impact and it definitely works. This novella is quite unique to me, there are parts of the story I have seen time and again, but that is not necessarily a bad thing as it allows the other parts to shine.The Posthumous Man really does deliver a trilling story, there are two main themes in the story. The first is crime, fairly standard but effective in carrying the story through to its natural but non-stereotypical ending. The other is religion and it plays a major part in providing the reasons behind why the characters make their choices throughout the story.I was unhappy with the ending, but I am biased as I am a father and there are elements in this book that I disagree with but that is personal, that said I can see that accidents like the one in this book do happen. Jake Hinkson is talented author who deserves praise for this exciting piece of fiction, his writing style is easily accessible and impactful which is sometimes difficult to pull off.The Posthumous Man is fast, emotional and definitely makes you stop and think about why events in life happen the way they do. People who need more depth to the characters and the world they occupy then you will need to look elsewhere, check out China Mieville and thank me later ;)7/10If you enjoyed this review then please check out my blog, it is in the early stages of becoming awesome but I am doing all I can to make it truly epic. It is called Always Trust In Books (you can find it on google) or Add me on Twitter @AlwTrustInBooks. Have an awesome day and thanks for reading!!!

  • Tim Niland
    2019-02-03 12:04

    Elliot finds himself in an Arkansas hospital, as a tube is being forced down his nose. Walking up later, he befriends a tough nurse who has a penchant for "sad sacks and deadbeats" and she reminds him of the real reason he was in the in the hospital: he tried to kill himself by washing down a bottle of pills with a bottle of alcohol. Elliott staggers out of the hospital before he can be questioned further by the doctors and just happens to runs into his nurse, Felicia, who invites him back to her house. But Stan has other plans. Stan is a ruthless gangster who is using Felicia as an inside woman in order to steal 2 million dollars worth of Oxycontin tablets from the hospital's cancer clinic and sell them on the black market. Elliot has no choice but to join the gang, and he and Stan hijack the truck and stash it in an abandoned warehouse. Then things start to go wrong: Stan shoots and kills two brothers (one of which was a cop) that were involved in the heist and it is up to Elliot to dispose of the bodies in a fetid Ozark dump. Amid the crosses and double-crosses Stan has no idea whom he can trust, and when the climactic meeting happens at the place that led to his original suicide attempt, you know nothing good can come of it. This was a superb story in the noir tradition of David Goodis and Jim Thompson. Everybody is bent, looking for an angle. Elliot doesn't care about the money, only some scarred hope of redemption and there are no winners as the players fall ever farther into the darkness. Excellent dark noir crime fiction, black as night, but simply riveting.

  • Kevintipple
    2019-01-31 12:02

    Things often don’t go as planned. Elliot Stilling had planned out his suicide and it should have worked. As far as he is concerned as this novella from author Jake Hinkson opens, it is exceedingly unfortunate that he didn’t stay dead. He had been dead for about three minutes when the emergency room staff at a hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas screwed up everything and brought him back to life.The only thing he really remembers is seeing a black star tattooed on the wrist of a nurse with beautiful blue eyes. That same nurse by the name of Felicia Vogan shows up in his room hours later. Not only did she make an impression on Stilling as he lay dying, the former reverend made quite an impression on her. They have some sort of connection that will draw them together in ways neither saw coming in this intense noir style novella.Considering that this read comes from the publisher “Beat To A Pulp” one already knows before starting the book that it will be dark, twisted, and feature multiple murders as well as at least one other major crime of some type. The Posthumous Man features all of that and more as well as a consideration of theology and the state of the world and the people in it. It is also an intensely good read.The Posthumous ManJake Hinkson Beat To A Pulp December 20, 2012ASIN: B00ARL5MBYE-Book (also available in print)190 Pages (estimated)$0.99Material was picked up last month during publisher’s free read promotion.Kevin R. Tipple ©2014

  • Tim Hennessy
    2019-02-11 11:09

    Fallen pastor Elliot Stilling figured the way out of his problems would be death, but when he’s resuscitated after a suicide attempt, his quick brush with the afterlife has left him a man without a purpose. As Elliot recovers he develops an infatuation with a nurse, Felicia, another lost soul. Recognizing an opportunity, Felicia is a willing accessory helping him escape from the hospital. Once outside Felicia thrusts Elliot into the middle of a gang of her associates planning an Oxycodone heist at the hospital where she works. Their crazed leader, Stan the Man, sees Elliot as a patsy as their plot begins to get more complicated; Elliot doesn’t care about the score, only keeping Felicia safe.Hinkson expertly dishes out small nuggets of Elliot’s past, keeping the accidental crime which ruined his life in the background. Similar to his previous novel, Hell on Church Street, Hinkson explores the depths a man of faith has fallen and the struggle he faces coming to terms with his past transgressions. Elliot is a doomed man searching for purpose, hopefully on the road to some salvation.Hinkson has crafted an existential heist novella that isn’t afraid tomix theology with the sensibilities of a post-war noir. Much like all of Hinkson’s work, The Posthumous Man has an intensely readable, compelling narrative executed with the confidence of a seasoned pro.

  • Prateek
    2019-01-30 10:13

    The posthumous man by Jake Hinkson was my introduction to noir… its a novella.. a breezy read at 188 pages… but do those pages turn themselves … its violent … has twisted characters … good suspense … good atmosphere created by the writer … some great set pieces … some great dialogue … and it has everything gray black grim and gloomy … Its about a preacher who loses his faith and kills himself … only to be revived in the hospital … where he falls for a nurse who has weakness for sad sacks and losers … from there its one bad decision after another … and its gets darker and darker as the pages turn … Stan the man is introduced who is the main villain in this story who is a lunatic with equally malicious plan … to make his salvation the most glorious by sinning the most … There are other characters who are also introduced who also form part of the story…Blemishes as I could find … were the characters were shallow … but again the writer makes them feel like people you don't want to care about … and the climax I feel will be very polarizing … its either a brilliantly done because im new to noir … or it could leave readers perplexed as unexplained … but I think that is the style to leave the fate to the imagination of the reader …As final words … its a very enjoyable read … as mt first noir book I loved it page from page ...would definitely recommend and im looking forward to reading other books by the author… FINE WORK SIR..!!!

  • Tony
    2019-02-20 15:48

    THE POSTHUMOUS MAN. (2012). Jake Hinkson. ***1/2.Elliot Stilling committed suicide, but he ultimately woke to the treatment provided by a hospital emergency room. He was staring into the eyes of a nurse who turned out to be Felicia Vogan. He was immediately captivated by her eyes, and, later, by her directness. Elliot manages to leave the hospital before he is formally discharged and meets Felicia on the street outside the Emergency entrance. He has nowhere to go, so he takes her up on a ride. They end up back at her apartment, where he soon learns that Felicia is not your typical nurse, but is in on a proposed heist of a large shipment of drugs that will soon be delivered to the hospital’s pharmacy. She figures that she and her partners can net about $2MM dollars for this shipment. The major item is oxycodone. Without fighting it very much, Elliot manages to be persuaded to join the gang of would-be hijackers at the urging of his nurse. He soon meets the other members of the gang, and realizes that he is not dealing with a simple walk in the woods. The leader, known as ‘Stan the Man’, is obviously crazed, but he has the contacts to take the shipment of drugs off their hands. The smell of money, however, starts to turn the gang members against each other, and all the trouble starts. This is another fine noir novel from this author, who I think is a talent that should be watched.

  • Tony
    2019-02-11 14:13

    Elliot Stilling is having a bad day, a really bad day. Pretty much the worst day possible. He successfully commits suicide. Unfortunately for him (at least from his point of view) the medical staff bring him back. Elliott takes a liking to one of the nurses and they end up heading from the hospital towards a bar. First Felicia has to pop home and get changed. Arriving at her house is where things start go twist and turn. Elliot finds out that Felicia is part of a drug heist and ends up getting involved. After the robbery things get worse. Running alongside the plot various things about Elliot are revealed. Hist past as a preacher, what led him to suicide and the kicker at the end where we find out why he got involved with the shady scheme at all.The ending in this book is vital. It pulls everything together like a CSI flashback sequence. I thought I had the ending figured and I was pretty much right but Mr Hinkson did it much better than my brain did. In some ways this is a very simple noir stories, but the interplay between the main bad guy Stan and our anti-hero Elliot is very clever and every single piece of their verbal sparring is important.I will probably read this book again so I can try and pick up on some of the subtle early clues from a position of foreknowledge. It is well worth a read and I’d recommend it to anybody that enjoys a good noir story.

  • ABC Group
    2019-02-12 14:13

    Crime fiction is not the typical place to examine one's meaning in life. Contemplating God's existence (or lack of) and the problem of evil are not what I would consider regular fodder for many writers of noir. Hinkson, once again, takes a nosedive into these issues with The Posthumous Man. In the opening pages, Elliot Stilling decides that it's time to depart from his earthly existence. His attempt at taking his own life fails, but the story that ensures makes me wonder if he was better off having died on the hospital bed. Through a random act of kindness he's drawn/pulled into a heist. Having been fully ready to end his life (the day before), Elliot goes after the chance to live again.I won't ruin the rest of the book, but I'll say that Stan just might be one of the scariest villains in fiction. His affinity for murder, coupled with theological rants truly scared the piss out of me. Hinkson's ability to write about the seedy underbelly of religious discourse in a noir setting is what sets him apart from others in the genre. He's not cheeky or lighthearted. Nor is he intellectually lazy in his reproach. If Jake Hinkson's villains don't scare you, you're dead inside.

  • Chris Rhatigan
    2019-01-25 16:10

    Hinkson's first book, Hell on Church Street, defines modern noir for me. His second outing is a bit different. Where Church Street's pace is more methodical, Posthumous Man is lightning fast from the start. In that sense it's an old-fashioned noir thriller, and it's plot is very well done. Both books deal with men of the bible-thumping persuasion who have since lost the faith. But Elliot Stilling is clearly the more likeable of the two. He has a mysterious past--and, for that matter a mysterious present--but I always got the sense that he was trying to do what was right. This was a pleasant surprise. This is also the kind of book where a group of criminals jack a few million in Oxycodone and then a few pages later debate the existence and relevance of God. This oddball combination is exactly what Hinkson does so well, and why I'm eager to read his new book, Saint Homicide.

  • Quinesia Johnson
    2019-02-02 16:13

    Great, great story. Great ingredients: great characters, mood, appropriate language, plot, irony. Only medium plot twists, nothing uncanny to criminal activity. An ex-preacher is the main character, so it does get sacreligious (3 on a scale of 1-5). Lots of ease and flow. The reason why there weren't outrageous plot twists, was because the author was keeping the criminal activity credible, and realistic; which enhanced the story more. However, the plot twists were pretty good. A perfect example of a great job on a book, hallmarked by such ease and flow in the midst of such fullness of literary elements.

  • Rory Costello
    2019-01-21 15:10

    Toward the end of James Dickey's Deliverance, there's a line that chilled me when I first read it and still does:"'I'll tell you what's the matter, you city [S.O.B.],' Queen said, in that country-murderous tone that always bled me white."That tone is one of the big positives that Jake Hinkson brings to his work. The Arkansas atmosphere is really deep and palpable.I liked pretty much everything else about this book too -- setup, pace, characters -- except I did find the ending a bit abrupt. Even so, it's strong and memorable, though I favor his Hell on Church Street.

  • tara
    2019-02-15 15:03

    This author always starts his novels out STRONG -- a page turner for me anyways. (Another of his being "Hell on Church Street.") The story kinda tanks out toward the end though, leaving me a little disappointed -- thinking it could have been much better overall. I like the dark abandon in mind of his characters, even though some might find it rather disturbing. But I enjoy reading about characters with rawness and little moralistic fluff.

  • Dan Williams
    2019-02-06 09:12

    Preacher FeatureA fine tale that is so strong in the first half and noticeably weaker in the second. It's pulpy, sure, but the clever, fast dialogue begins to dull and stagnate making it less effective. The ending is cathartic and smooth but a bit rushed. Main character Elliott is a tortured man in a believable sense, a protagonist we can empathize with. Not a bad novella, just not great either.

  • Dan M
    2019-01-20 12:48

    This very short book could be described as a noir checklist. But it's actually really scary. It's got a narrator with a secret, a mysterious femme, a crooked cop and a big criminal mastermind. But Hinkson makes these "types" come alive with three dimensional characterization. It took a second to download, a couple hours to read and it still sticks in my throat several months later.

  • Robin Jonathan Deutsch
    2019-02-08 11:09

    Bravo. Superb, brilliant, electric, special. What a great read. My only complaint is that I could have read another 300 pages. Hinkson is a supremely talented writer and his gift for storytelling sets him in a unique class of authors. You'll find the details about the book in many places. My review is simple: buy this puppy, read it, absorb it and wait patiently for Jake's next offering.

  • Viktor
    2019-02-12 09:07

    Loved his previous "Hell On Church Street". Terrific. This one is back to "OK". I think it went down a couple rabbit holes that weren't necessary.I'll read his next one for sure. His writing rings.