In keeping with the tradition of the Noir series, Boston Noir 2 is made up of the works of several celebrated authors whose work is tied together by a common setting. After the massive success of the first Boston Noir, bestselling author Dennis Lehane is back as curator for another anthology of crime stories set in Boston. The Boston Noir 2 collection features reprints of the classic chilling short stories and novel excerpts that brought the world of noir to its knees. Contributors include Pulitzer winners Joyce Carol Oates and John Updike.
Part I : Broken families: The marriage privilege / Chuck Hogan ; Night-side / Joyce Carol Oates ; Home sweet home / Hannah Tinti ; Surrogate / Robert B. Parker
Part II : Criminal minds: Mushrooms / Dennis Lehane ; Lucky penny / Linda Barnes ; Blanche cleans up (excerpt) / Barbara Neely ; The balance of the day / George V. Higgins ; Bait (excerpt) / Kenneth Abel
Part III : Voyeurs & outsiders: Townies / Andre Dubus ; Driving the heart / Jason Brown ; The 5:22 / George Harrar ; Infinite jest (excerpt) / David Foster Wallace ; At night / David Ryan
About the contributors.
"Unlike the first Boston Noir (2009) and, indeed, unlike the Noir series as a whole this collection features crime stories that have already been published. But that's OK when you have the likes of Chuck Hogan, Joyce Carol Oates, Robert B. Parker, Linda Barnes, George V. Higgins, Dennis Lehane, and David Foster Wallace all under the same roof. Parker's Surrogate, from 1982, offers Spenser fans a very early look at their favorite Boston PI; an excerpt from Infinite Jest, Wallace's 1996 novel set in an ironic near future, should send readers to the library to either read or reread the whole book; Barnes' Lucky Penny offers readers the debut appearance of fan favorite Carlotta Carlyle; and the outstanding stories from Lehane and Hogan are each worth the price of admission all by themselves. Followers of Akashic's long-running Noir series not to mention, of course, fans of Boston-set crime fiction should eagerly devour this one.--Pitt, David Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review:
"The 14 superior selections in this "classics" volume in Akashic's series of regional dark crime short stories, the works of established writers that have stood the test of time, collectively outshine the originals that appeared in Boston Noir. Perhaps the highlight is Linda Barnes's "Lucky Penny," about a female PI who must drive a cab to make ends meet. Three entries are excerpts from novels. The one taken from Barbara Neely's Blanche Cleans Up, which features a cleaning-lady detective in Brookline, succeeds as a stand-alone, while another, a section of David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest, does not. Locale figures prominently in all the stories, especially Chuck Hogan's clever "The Marriage Privilege," set in West Roxbury. And no such volume would be complete without Robert B. Parker's Spenser, who would be a cod out of water anywhere but Boston, represented by the taut "Surrogate," a story that hasn't appeared widely in the U.S. before. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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