Tim Power's Salvage and Demolition is the best sort of homage, and owes something to the Maltese Falcon and the novels of H. Rider Haggard and even the to the genre of lost arcane knowledge novels made popular by Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code, though I wish I could find a better example of that genre to reference.
Richard Blanzac is a rare book dealer in his mid forties, scraping a living in his dusty shop when he receives a bonanza on consignment, the works and letters of a minor Beat Poet of the fifties, Sophie Greenwald. The items come oddly package, signed first editions by Ginsberg and company mixed in with a TV guide, an Ace double science fiction paperback, letters to and from Sophie Greenwald and the more famous poets of the time and what appears to be a religious manuscript in verse, all packed together with newspaper and the contents of an ashtray. Richard of course receives the de rigueur mysterious phone call about the contents of the box and is bounced back in time to meet Sophie Greenwald, though the time travel is non-sequential and Richard doesn't always remember previous visits and events.
Written in spare prose that mimics the noir style, in contrast to Power's usual rich Victoriana, Salvage and Demolition moves deliciously fast, in fact, there is enough here that is toothsome that it could easily have been a full length novel, but works well as a love song to the genres of noir, adventure and time travel. I am a fan of Powers in general and Salvage and Demolition gave me a couple hours of pleasure on a snowy afternoon and I will re-read it some day. The highest praise from this reader.
Subterranean Press editions are always beautiful, but this edition surpasses even the usual with the photographic realism of the pencil and ink illustrations by J.K. Potter and the page and chapter decorations that bring to mind Art Nouveau, Mid-Century Futurism and Art Deco all at once. A tasty little novella, wonderful for fans and an easy introduction for new Powers readers that may lead them to his more complex time travel and vampire fiction, The Anubis Gates and The Stress of Her Regard respectively. Recommended.