NOIR AT THE BAR. Continental Club Gallery Tuesday, July 27, 7 to 9 PM. No Cover.

The coolest upstairs bar in the world welcomes three specialists of the noir lit genre: Tony O’Neill (NYC by way of England), Jesse Sublett (Austin) and Harry Hunsicker (Dallas). Crime stories mixed with live music and cocktails. What’s not to like?

O’Neill will read from his new novel, Sick City, which Publishers Weekly likened to “a Robert Altman film scripted by Charles Bukowski & William S. Burroughs.” O’Neill, former musician, heroin addict, & veteran of Dandy Warhols, Marc Almond & others, is brought to you by BookPeople & his friend, Jesse Sublett, who will provide the music for the evening, which is sponsored by BookPeople.

Jesse Sublett, novelist and musician (most recently, “Never the Same Again: A Rock N Roll Gothic”) will read new work and perform some of his noir ballads.

Harry Hunsicker is the author of Crosshairs and The Next Time You Die, which feature a Gulf War veteran protagonist with the suitably noirish name of Lee Oswald. Harry will be reading new work also.

Signed books by the authors will be available. No cover. Come take a walk down the mean streets at the Continental Club Gallery Tuesday, July 27, 7 to 9 PM.

LATER THIS WEEK, I will start posting more noir stuff, starting with my story on Jim Thompson for Texas Monthly on Thompson’s Fort Worth years. A new film of Thompson’s landmark novel, The Killer Inside Me (Talk about sick city!) is being released any second now. Supposed to be a fine adaptation. Stars include Scarlet Johansson, Kate Hudson and Carey Affleck. Don’t let the cute names in front fool you; it’s gonna be DARK, as in noir.

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