THE ICE HARVEST,
The Ice Harvest was a adapted out of this "white noir" crime novel into a feature film that starred John Cusack and generally revolves around a strip joint, in Wichita, all Scott's characters are based in the same part of the USA, but these books by Phillips are gems IMO because of there wit and dazzling prose, and not least of all his brand of humour.
What to say about them or why would you read another yet crime novel, let's face it, crime is the genre which now pumps out book after book, and they are all full of violence, darkness and plot, plot, plot. Are we gorged enough on this stuff now, maybe not.
But Phillips blends in his own hilarious brand of humour and makes you get with these, often, despicable characters, chancers, prostitutes and bent lawyers, in Cottonwood for example, there's even a family of serial killers, many of the books are connected, The Walkaway being a sequel to The Ice Harvest, and Cottonwood being an earlier history of sorts of the families and characters found in the later novels. It's probably what you'd call a "Western Noir"
I love the illustration on the cover of The Ice Harvest btw, staring out of the windshield into a bleak and lonely snowswept terrain. Where are we going?
"Man cannot do without beauty, and this is what our era pretends to want to disregard"
Myth of Sysyphus ~ by Albert Camus