USA Noir: Best of the Akashic Noir Series

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USA Noir: Best of the Akashic Noir Series

Format:  Hardcover,

518 pages

Publisher: Consortium Book Sales & Dist

Publish Date: Nov 2013

ISBN-13: 9781617751899

ISBN-10: 1617751898

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"Readers will be hard put to find a better collection of short stories in any genre."
--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)
"A must read for mystery fans, not just devotees of Akashic's 'Noir' series, this anthology serves as both an introduction for newcomers and a greatest-hits package for regular readers of the series... There isn't a weak story in the collection...Strongly recommended for readers who enjoy mysteries published by Hard Case Crime, as well as for fans of police procedurals."
--"Library Journal" (starred review)
"It's hard to imagine how the present anthology could be topped for sheer marquee appeal...Perhaps the single most impressive feature of the collection is its range of voices, from Joyce Carol Oates' faux innocent young family to Megan Abbott's impressionable high school kids to the chorus of peremptory voices S.J. Rozan plants in a haunted thief's head. Eat your heart out, Walt Whitman: These are the folks who hear America singing, and moaning and screaming."
--"Kirkus Reviews"
"This is, without question, a must-have collection that serves equally well as an introduction to each of the authors as it does the Noir series itself. Regardless if you read the stories in the order presented, or go directly to those by some of your favorites, you'll find "USA Noir" on your nightstand or reading table for many nights."
"This book is full of little gems that can be picked up, read and enjoyed in less than 10 minutes, and as the mother of a young child, this collection is the perfect answer when all I have is a few minutes of uninterrupted reading time."
--NY Spender
"Hold the eggnog: What you need is a draft of 'edgy fatalism and sexy recklessness, ' of flashy crime, gallows humor, and 'desperate deals with a variety of devils, ' served up every year since 2004 by the editors of Akashic Books' brilliant noir anthologies. From Brooklyn to Boston, from Phoenix to pre- and post-Katrina New Orleans, each volume in the series reveals a city's distinctive inner darkness."
--"O, The Oprah Magazine"
"The sultry, mysterious tone plays out like Lynch writing an old pulp paperback. Much to love here."
--"Metro Times" Blog (Detroit)
"In a way, the noir series at Akashic has always been a best of so you can't really miss picking this one up."
--Brooklyn Based
Contributors include: Dennis Lehane, Don Winslow, Michael Connelly, George Pelecanos, Susan Straight, Jonathan Safran Foer, Laura Lippman, Pete Hamill, Joyce Carol Oates, Lee Child, T. Jefferson Parker, Lawrence Block, Terrance Hayes, Jerome Charyn, Jeffery Deaver, Maggie Estep, Bayo Ojikutu, Tim McLoughlin, Barbara DeMarco-Barrett, Reed Farrel Coleman, Megan Abbott, Elyssa East, James W. Hall, J. Malcolm Garcia, Julie Smith, Joseph Bruchac, Pir Rothenberg, Luis Alberto Urrea, Domenic Stansberry, John O'Brien, S.J. Rozan, Asali Solomon, William Kent Krueger, Tim Broderick, Bharti Kirchner, Karen Karbo, and Lisa Sandlin.
Launched with the summer 2004 award-winning bestseller "Brooklyn Noir," the groundbreaking Akashic Noir series now includes over sixty volumes and counting. Each book is comprised of all-new stories, each one set in a distinct location within the city or region of the book. This is the first "best of" volume and it powerfully conveys what the series has accomplished.


Publisher: Consortium Book Sales & Dist
Publish Date: Nov 2013
ISBN-13: 9781617751899
ISBN-10: 1617751898
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 518
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.6
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.0 x 9.0 x 1.5


Review by Library Journal (2013-08-01)

A must read for mystery fans, not just devotees of Akashic's "Noir" series, this anthology serves as both an introduction for newcomers and a greatest-hits package for regular readers of the series. Broken into six parts (True Grit, American Values, Road Rage, Homeland Security, Under the Influence, and Street Justice), the volume contains the best short mystery fiction has to offer. Some authors deliver their usual goods (George Pelecanos's entry, "The Confidential Informant", treads his familiar storytelling lines but packs a devastating emotional punch just the same) while other entries tend to surprise (Michael Connelly's playful "Mullholland Dive", for example). The best of these stories are tightly written character studies with an amazing sense of place, be it San Diego or Pittsburgh, while also concisely examining larger issues such as domestic violence, post-traumatic stress disorder, or gentrification. There isn't a weak story in the collection, and readers will be inspired to check out not only the other volumes in the series (now pushing 60 titles) but also the back catalogs of each of the authors.

Verdict: Strongly recommended for readers who enjoy mysteries published by Hard Case Crime, as well as for fans of police procedural's. Not recommended for readers who are 100 percent committed to cozies exclusively, but other mystery fans who give it a chance will find much to enjoy.

-Julie Elliott, Indiana Univ. Lib., South Bend Correction The Regional Notes box of the July Mystery column reported that author Mike Lawson was given an award for his novel House Blood; the jacket (for House Odds) accompanying the report is incorrect.

(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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