USA noir : best of the Akashic noir series

Format: Print Book 2013
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"All the heavy hitters...came out for USA Noir 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

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One of "100 Best Books for Readers Young and Old,"

"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."
Animal rescue / Dennis Lehane
The confidential informant / George Pelecanos
The golden gopher / Susan Straight
The book signing / Pete Hamill
Run kiss Daddy / Joyce Carol Oates
Still air / Terrance Hayes
White trash / Jerome Charyn
Alice Fantastic / Maggie Estep
The gospel of moral ends / Bayo Ojikutu
When all this was Bay Ridge / Tim McLoughlin
Crazy for you / Barbara DeMarco-Barrett
Mastermind / Reed Farrel Coleman
The clown and bard / Karen Karbo
Mulholland Drive / Michael Connelly
Our eyes couldn't stop opening / Megan Abbott
Public transportation / Lee Child
Too near real / Jonathan Safran Foer
Ride along / James W. Hall
Second chance / Elyssa East
After thirty / Don Winslow
Missing Gene / J. Malcolm Garcia
Loot / Julie Smith
The prison / Domenic Stansberry
Helper / Joseph Bruchac
Easy as A-B-C / Laura Lippman
The rose red vial / Pir Rothenberg
Amapola / Luis Alberto Urrea
The Tik / John O'Brien
Lighthouse / S.J. Rozan
Secret pool / Asali Solomon
Bums / William Kent Krueger
Vic Primeval / T. Jefferson Parker
Feeding frenzy / Tim Broderick
Promised tulips / Bharti Kirchner
If you can't stand the heat / Lawrence Block
Phelan's first case / Lisa Sandlin
A nice place to visit / Jeffery Deaver.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* The Akashic noir series was launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Since then, there have been 60 original anthologies, all centered on a specific city, region, or neighborhood in the U.S. and abroad. The 37 stories in this collection represent the best of the U.S.-based anthologies, and the list of contributors includes virtually anyone who's made the best-seller list with a work of crime fiction in the last decade. Among them are Lee Child, George Pelecanos, Michael Connelly, Don Winslow, Dennis Lehane, and T. Jefferson Parker. Pelecanos offers The Confidential Informant, in which a decidedly average street kid tries to live up to an older brother and please his father. The results are not what he bargains for. In After Thirty, Don Winslow paints a portrait of Charlie, the poster boy for antiheroes. Charlie is a navy guy, but everyone will tell you he's no good, what with the drinking and brawling. It's time to get back to the ship, but Charlie decides to hit a woman, and it gets worse. In The Book Signing by Pete Hamill, Carmody, now a best-selling author, returns home to his Brooklyn neighborhood for a book signing. He wonders if the girl he left behind so many years ago will remember him. Memory is a funny thing or, in this case, not so funny. A must-have anthology, particularly for libraries with spotty holdings of the previous U.S. collections.--Lukowsky, Wes Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Temple, Akashic's publisher and editor-in-chief, is the force behind the press's series of noir anthologies in which each installment focuses on a different locale. This compendium showcases 37 exceptional stories from 32 separate volumes, in six thematic categories: "True Grit," "American Values," "Road Rage," "Homeland Security," "Under the Influence," and "Street Justice." A number of the contributors, including Lawrence Block, Laura Lippman, Joyce Carol Oates, George Pelecanos, and Dennis Lehane, have edited individual series entries. Pete Hamill's "The Book Signing," Reed Farrel Coleman's "Mastermind," and Megan Abbott's "Our Eyes Couldn't Stop Opening" are especially good. The humor-where there is any-is fittingly dark, as in Block's outstanding "The Ehrengraf Settlement." Other notable tales are Luis Alberto Urrea's punch-in-the-gut "Amapola" and Lehane's deliciously twisted "Animal Rescue." Readers will be hard put to find a better collection of short stories in any genre. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Series Akashic noir series.
Book 82 written by Earl Lovelace and Robert Antoni
#1 - Brooklyn noir
#2 - Brooklyn noir 2
#3 - Chicago noir
#4 - San Francisco noir
#5 - D. C. noir
#6 - Dublin noir
#7 - Manhattan noir
#8 - Baltimore noir
#9 - Twin cities noir
#10 - London noir
#11 - Miami noir
#12 - New Orleans noir
#13 - Los Angeles noir
#14 - Wall Street noir
#15 - Bronx noir
#16 - Havana noir
#17 - Detroit noir
#18 - Queens noir
#19 - Toronto noir
#20 - Las Vegas noir
#21 - Brooklyn noir 3
#22 - Trinidad noir
#23 - Manhattan noir 2
#24 - Istanbul noir
#25 - Paris noir
#26 - Rome noir
#27 - San Francisco noir 2
#28 - Seattle noir
#29 - Portland noir
#30 - Delhi noir
#31 - D. C. noir 2
#32 - Boston noir
#33 - Phoenix noir
#34 - Mexico City noir
#35 - Richmond noir
#36 - Los Angeles noir 2
#37 - Orange County noir
#38 - Indian country noir
#39 - Moscow noir
#40 - Philadelphia noir
#41 - Lone star noir
#42 - Haiti noir
#43 - Copenhagan noir
#44 - Barcelona noir
#45 - Cape Cod noir
#46 - Pittsburgh noir
#47 - San Diego noir
#48 - New Jersey noir
#49 - Mumbai noir
#50 - Long Island noir
#51 - Venice noir
#52 - Kingston noir
#53 - St. Petersburg noir
Subjects Noir fiction, American.
Detective and mystery stories, American.
United States -- Fiction.
Noir fiction.
Mystery fiction.
Publisher New York, NY :Akashic Books,2013
Other Titles United States of America noir
United States noir
Contributors Temple, Johnny (Bass guitarist), editor.
Language English
Description 518 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
ISBN 9781617751844 (paperback)
1617751847 (paperback)
9781617751899 (hardcover)
1617751898 (hardcover)
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