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Memphis noir

Format: Print Book 2015
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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CLP - Main Library First Floor - Fiction Stacks FICTION Noir
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor - Fiction Stacks
Call Number  FICTION Noir
"A remarkable picture of contemporary Memphis emerges in this Akashic noir volume...Something for everyone."
-- Publishers Weekly

" Memphis Noir covers train cars and Beale Street, hoodoo and segregation, Nathan Bedford Forrest and, of course, Graceland, and even includes a graphic novella."
-- Memphis Flyer

"A collection of stories celebrating the underbelly of the city, its ghosts, and the characters that give Memphis its rich patina of blues."
-- Memphis Flyer , Event feature

" Memphis Noir , edited by Laureen P. Cantwell and Leonard Gill, captures the subtlety of the Memphis ethos, where blacks and whites, rich and poor, are intimately entwined. The collection--fifteen stories by some of the city's finest writers--bleeds the blues and calls down the dark powers that permeate this capital of the Delta."
-- The Commercial Appeal

"The new anthology Memphis Noir is replete with murders, ghosts, gangsters, a sharp-toothed baby, Boss Crump, and high water on the bluff."
-- Memphis Magazine

"Stories by some of the city's finest writers....This new collection is a boon for readers who love a good ghost story and a shiver in the night....The skill of the fifteen writers represented here is evident on every page of Memphis Noir , a testament to the cultural richness of the Bluff City."
-- Chapter 16

"Jealousy, lust and murder are common themes...there's not a bad [story] in the bunch."
-- Underrated Reads

"Voodoo, ghosts, guns, hatred, jealousy and greed play their part here. There is no place for weakness here."
-- Journey of a Bookseller

Akashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir . Each story is set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the city of the book.

Featuring brand-new stories by : Richard J. Alley, David Wesley Williams, Dwight Fryer, Jamey Hatley, Adam Shaw, Penny Register-Shaw, Kaye George, Arthur Flowers, Suzanne Berube Rorhus, Ehi Ike, Lee Martin, Stephen Clements, Cary Holladay, John Bensko, Sheree Renée Thomas, and Troy L. Wiggins.

From the introduction by Laureen P. Cantwell & Leonard Gill :

"A city equal parts darkness and hope. A scarred city. An often violent one. But a resilient city too.

That's our Memphis.

Like many cities, we have a namesake--in Egypt, Men-nefer became Menfe became Memphis, enduring and beautiful, on the banks of the Nile. Centuries later, another continent, another people, another river: Memphis, Tennessee, the soul of the Mississippi Delta, was formed. We are a place born of history, inhabited as much by memory as by the living--the past and present inextricably and inescapably linked....Memphis is marvels and misfits--two-faced and unabashedly so.

We are Memphis, and this is our noir ."
Her better devils / David Wesley Williams
Heartbreak at Graceland / Kaye George
Through valleys / Jamey Hatley
The Panama Limited / Richard J. Alley
Green-eyed blues / Dwight Fryer
The never never is forever / Adam Shaw & Penny Register-Shaw
Chain of custody / Lee Martin
There is no rest / Arthur Flowers
A game of love / Suzanne Berube Rorhus
Mother / Ehi Ike
Battle / Stephen Clements
Stinkeye / Cary Holladay
A shut-and-open case / John Bensko
Nightflight / Sheree Renée Thomas
Tell him what you want / Troy L. Wiggins.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "A remarkable picture of contemporary Memphis emerges in this Akashic noir volume. Little of the alleged "new South" is apparent among the 15 tales included, but rather a Memphis still divided culturally, socially, and politically between black and white. One standout, Kaye George's "Heartbreak at Graceland," pays the obligatory homage to Memphis's Elvis Presley heritage, setting a powerful and definitely dark narrative in the late rocker's home. Also effective is Adam Shaw and Penny Register-Shaw's "The Never Never Is Forever," a miniature graphic novel set in the underworld of sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Black Memphis and white Memphis collide in Troy L. Wiggins's "Tell Him What You Want" with unexpected results. As in other Akashic anthologies, the selections often carry more of a mainstream sensitivity than most genre fiction. Not every story will work for every reader, but there will probably be something for everyone. (Nov.) © 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 Memphis (Tenn.) -- Fiction.
Short stories.
Noir fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Publisher [Brooklyn, New York] :2015
Contributors Cantwell, Laureen P., editor.
Gill, Leonard, editor.
Language English
Description 280 pages : illustrations, map ; 21 cm.
ISBN 9781617753114
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