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USA Noir : Best of the Akashic Noir Series

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"All the heavy hitters...came out for "USA Noir."..an important anthology of stories shrewdly culled by Johnny Temple."--"New York Times Book Review" (Editors' Choice) One of "Zoom Street Magazine"'s Favorite Books of 2014 Indie Books Roundup #1 Pick, Barnes & Noble Book Blog Included in "Zoom Street Magazine"'s Summer Reading (Mysteries/Noir) Roundup One of "100 Best Books for Readers Young and Old," HispanicBusiness.com "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) "The 37 stories in this collection represent the best of the U.S.-based anthologies, and the list of contributors include virtually anyone who's made the best-seller list with a work of crime fiction in the last decade...a must-have anthology."--"Booklist" (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" "A less enlightened Temple cover collection of crime and mystery stories could easily reduce itself to stereotypical cartoons about white detectives with a whiskey bottle and a gun in the drawer but Akashic's series takes itself very seriously in its mission to represent all aspects of a city's dark side."--"Kirkus Reviews," Feature Story/Interview with Johnny Temple "For those who prefer their crime closer to home, there is "USA Noir," a veritable greatest hits of Akashic's long-running, acclaimed noir anthology series, rounding up solid gold blackness of the bleakest and darkest kind...Like Chuck Berry sang, 'Anything you want, we got right here in the USA.'"--"Mystery Scene Magazine" 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 of the book. Featuring stories by: 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. From the introduction by Johnny Temple "From the start, the heart and soul of Akashic Books has been dark, provocative, well-crafted tales from the disenfranchised. I learned early on that writings from outside the mainstream almost necessarily coincide with a mood and spirit of noir, and are composed by authors whose life circumstances often place them in environs exposed to crime...This volume serves up a top-shelf selection of stories from the series set in the United States. "USA Noir" only scratches the surface, however, and every single volume has gems on offer."show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 544 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 35.56mm | 521.63g
  • Akashic Books,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations, maps
  • 1617751847
  • 9781617751844
  • 633,693

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"A less enlightened Temple cover collection of crime and mystery stories could easily reduce itself to stereotypical cartoons about white detectives with a whiskey bottle and a gun in the drawer but Akashic's series takes itself very seriously in its mission to represent all aspects of a city's dark side."--"Kirkus Reviews", Feature Story/Interview with Johnny Temple"In "USA Noir" we are treated to range of tales by accomplished writers, and reflecting the diversity of the nation. Each draws on the dark worlds, flawed characters, and jaded mood intrinsic to the genre we have come to call Noir. If you're a fan, you're in for a real treat. If you're not a fan, try it--you just might change your mind."--Reviewing the Evidence"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"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"An excellent cross-section of today's noir writers."--SKJAM! Reviews"The stories in "USA Noir" keep the reader guessing and waiting for the unavoidable plot twist at the end without having to sit through chapters of character development or side stories. Like good noir, everything is quick and dirty, keeps the reader engaged and shows that there is a little sex, violence and sleaziness in all of us, regardless of location."--"Denver Post"'s Yourhubshow more

About Johnny Temple

Johnny Temple is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Akashic Books, an award-winning Brooklyn-based independent company dedicated to publishing urban literary fiction and political nonfiction. He won the 2013 Ellery Queen Award, the American Association of Publishers' 2005 Miriam Bass Award for Creativity in Independent Publishing; and the 2010 Jay and Dean Kogan Award for Excellence in Noir Literature. Temple teaches courses on the publishing business at Wilkes University and Wesleyan University; and is the Chair of the Brooklyn Literary Council, which works with Brooklyn's borough president to plan the annual Brooklyn Book Festival. He also plays bass guitar in the band Girls Against Boys, which has toured extensively across the globe and released numerous albums on independent and major record companies. He has contributed articles and political essays to various publications, including "The Nation," "Publishers Weekly," "AlterNet," "Poets & Writers," and "BookForum."show more

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137 ratings
3.7 out of 5 stars
5 20% (27)
4 42% (58)
3 27% (37)
2 10% (14)
1 1% (1)
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