Accra noir

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Accra joins Lagos, Nairobi, Marrakech, and Addis Ababa in representing the African continent in the Noir Series arena.

"The anthology Accra Noir edited by Nana-Ama Danquah captures the hustle of several distinctive neighborhoods of Ghana's capital."
-- The Millions , included in Nadia Owusu's Year in Reading (2020)

"Thirteen tales of the trouble people find in the capital city of Ghana when they're trying to make a buck...There's plenty of noir to go around in this all-too-sad volume about people struggling to get by."
-- Kirkus Reviews , Starred review

"This spine-chilling 13-story collection offers an opportunity to 'consider the context, beware of a pretext, search for a subtext' on living--and dying--in a major metropolis consumed by poverty and desperation."
-- Shelf Awareness for Readers , STARRED Review

"Superb...Each story reaffirms how fundamental 'place' is to the noir genre and how the locale shapes the story as much as the characters themselves...Strongly recommended."
-- Library Journal

"This welcome volume in the Akashic noir series, set in Ghana, hits plenty of the expected bleak notes and classical noirish phrasings."
-- Publishers Weekly

"There's good writing as well as a strong sense of place and culture, and the reader will absorb a side of Accra that doesn't make it into the tourist brochures."
-- New York Journal of Books

"Within this new book, the authors who share their many stories do so in a much revealing way about Accra, a city of allegories, one of the most dynamic and diverse places in the world."
-- Exclusive Magazine

"I was blown away by these stories, and would encourage lovers of noir fiction to try these out. They are gritty enough to fill your noir needs."
-- The Cyberlibrarian

Akashic Books continues its award-winning series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each book comprises all new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city.

Brand-new stories by: Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond, Kwame Dawes, Adjoa Twum, Kofi Blankson Ocansey, Billie McTernan, Ernest Kwame Nkrumah Addo, Patrick Smith, Anne Sackey, Gbontwi Anyetei, Nana-Ama Danquah, Ayesha Harruna Attah, Eibhlín Ní Chléirigh, and Anna Bossman.

From the introduction by Nana-Ama Danquah:

Accra is the perfect setting for noir fiction. The telling of such tales--ones involving or suggesting death, with a protagonist who is flawed or devious, driven by either a self-serving motive or one of the seven deadly sins--is woven into the fabric of the city's everyday life...

Accra is more than just a capital city. It is a microcosm of Ghana. It is a virtual map of the nation's soul, a complex geographical display of its indigenous presence, the colonial imposition, declarations of freedom, followed by coups d'état, decades of dictatorship, and then, finally, a steady march forward into a promising future...

Much like Accra, these stories are not always what they seem. The contributors who penned them know too well how to spin a story into a web...It is an honor and a pleasure to share them and all they reveal about Accra, a city of allegories, one of the most dynamic and diverse places in the world.

Chop money / Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond
Shape-shifters / Adjoa Twum
Moon over Aburi / Kwame Dawes
Fantasia in fans and flat screens / Kofi Blackson Ocansey
The Labadi Sunshine Bar / Billie McTernan
The driver / Ernest Kwame Nkrumah Addo
The situation / Patrick Smith
Intentional consequences / Anne Sackey
Tabilo Wucfc / Gbontwi Anyetei
When a man loves a woman / Nana-Ama Danquah
Kweku's house / Ayesha Harruna Attah
The boy who wasn't there / Eibhlín Ní Chléirigh
Instant justice / Anna Bossman.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "This welcome volume in the Akashic noir series, set in Ghana, hits plenty of the expected bleak notes and classical noirish phrasings. Gbontwi Anyetei's gripping "Tabilo Wuɔfɔ " contains such memorable lines as "Anybody could burn down a church" while also serving as an almost casual introduction to the nuances of Ghanaian culture ("the barely literates who still insisted on using English"). That doesn't mean there aren't traditional noir tales, notably Adjoa Twum's cocaine-smuggling and murder-filled "Shape-Shifters." Danquah's "When a Man Loves a Woman" opens with the fantastic line, "Every day for the past five days, Kwame had woken up next to a corpse," and delivers a wonderful variant on a spousal murder plot. Anne Sackey's "Intentional Consequences" takes the scorned-woman revenge story in a surprising and witty direction. Though there are a few weak stories among the 13 selections, this stands as one of the better recent Akashic anthologies. (Dec.)"
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Additional Information
Series Akashic noir series.
Subjects Crime scenes -- Ghana -- Accra -- Fiction.
Noir fiction, English.
Accra (Ghana) -- Social life and customs -- Fiction.
Accra (Ghana) -- Fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Short stories.
Noir fiction.
Publisher Brooklyn, New York :2020
Contributors Danquah, Nana-Ama, editor.
Language English
Description 269 pages : illustrations, map ; 21 cm.
ISBN 9781617758898
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