October 28, 2013

USA Noir - Best of the Akashic Noir Series

USA Noir is a collection of the best short stories ever featured in the Akashic Noir Series. This series includes almost 60 titles now, and it first started with Brooklyn Noir, followed by Chicago NoirSan Francisco Noir, and many other US cities that it only made sense that sooner or later these stories were meant to come together under a USA title. A crème de la crème if you wish, but also an invitation to read the previous books in the series.

USA Noir was edited by Johnny Temple, publisher and editor in chief of Akashic Books, and from his own words: "From the start, the heart and soul of Akashic Books has been dark, provocative, well-crafted tales from the disenfranchised", you get an idea of what to expect from this collection.

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.

The incredible storytelling skills are evident, story after story, where in the space of only a few pages, these authors, over and over, build incredible and believable characters, scenarios, plots and surprise endings. I also love that the book is divided by States, and that each time I can choose to travel to a different city, from Baltimore to Boston, on the East coast, and then all the way to California and to the winding roads of Mulholland Drive.

I definitely recommend this book, for your own reading pleasure and to give as a gift to any lover of the Noir genre.

And if you live in the New York area, celebrate the release of this book, tomorrow, Tuesday, October 29th, from 6:30 pm until 8:00 pm at The Mysterious Bookshop on Warren Street.


Daisy said...

I haven't done much reading of the noir genre. I have seen an excellent movie made in the 1940s called "The Postman Always Rings Twice." In noir style a woman schemes with her lover to murder her husband, with results that go wildly out of control That was something. The stars were Lana Turner and John Garfield. Anyone heard of them? A remake with Jack Nicalson and Jessica Lange had all the graphic sex scenes but was not nearly good of a movie. It's possible this noir film was based on a novel. I'll check it out.

Spender, are you ever going to reveal which handbag that won your heart at long last? The suspense continues!


NY Spender said...

Hi Daisy!
I've seen the movie, the one with Jack Nicholson, very dark, wasn't it?

As for the bag, yes, I know, I need a post up soon, but I really want to publish it with a real picture of myself with the bag, which I haven't taken yet. Soon, I promise.

Daisy said...