Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Dirty Code, by Wayne Simmons

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(SF Noir) A man gets a contract to deal with a “hackjob” posing as an exotic dancer. (3,504 words; Time: 11m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

"Dirty Code," by (edited by Andy Cox), appeared in issue 270, published on by .

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Pro: The imagery of the apartment, the run-down town, and the dive bar creates a perfect noir feeling.

Con: Nothing is really done with it. There’s no tension to speak of, and we never figure out what’s really going on. Is the whole thing set in a virtual reality? Or is it augmented and some people really do get shot? What was the sideline? It’s all very confusing and ultimately unsatisfying.

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