Item description for Los Angeles Noir (Akashic Noir) by Denise Hamilton...
Brand-new stories by: Michael Connelly, Janet Fitch, Susan Straight, Hector Tobar, Patt Morrison, Robert Ferrigno, Gary Phillips, Christopher Rice, Naomi Hirahara, Jim Pascoe, Scott Phillips, Diana Wagman, Lienna Silver, Brian Ascalon Roley, and Denise Hamilton.
Denise Hamilton writes the Eve Diamond series. Her books have been shortlisted for the Edgar, Macavity, Anthony, and Willa Cather awards. The Los Angeles Times named Last Lullaby a Best Book of 2004, and it was also a USA Today Summer Pick and a finalist for a Southern California Booksellers Association 2004 award. Her fourth Eve Diamond novel, Savage Garden, is a Los Angeles Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the Southern California Booksellers Association award for Best Mystery of 2005.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2007
Publisher Akashic Books
ISBN 1933354224 ISBN13 9781933354224
Availability 0 units.
More About Denise Hamilton
Denise Hamilton is a writer-journalist whose work has appeared in the "Los Angeles Times", "Cosmopolitan", and "The New York Times" and is the author of five acclaimed Eve Diamond crime novels, "Prisoner of Memory", "Savage Garden", "Last Lullaby", "Sugar Skull", and "The Jasmine Trade", all of which have been "Los Angeles Times" bestsellers. She is also the editor of and a contributor to the short story anthology "Los Angeles Noir", winner of the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association Award for Best Mystery of 2007. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two young children. Visit her at www.denisehamilton.com.
Denise Hamilton currently resides in Los Angeles, in the state of California.
Reviews - What do customers think about Los Angeles Noir (Akashic Noir)?
Love the Noir Jul 28, 2008
I love anthologies, mysteries, and noir, so when you put them all together, I find it hard to resist. I took this book on a cruise with me and had a great time with it, because I could read a quick story before dashing off on some excursion. The tales are all well written, and each provided as many twists and turns as a ride down Mulholland. My favorites were Denise Hamilton's "Midnight in Silicone Valley" and "Roger Crumbler Considered His Shave" by Gary Phillilps, but I can honestly say I didn't hate any of them.
A top pick for any fan of crime fiction and for libraries both located in California and beyond. Jun 17, 2007
Akashic Books provides a series of original noir anthologies which began in 2004 with the launch of Brooklyn Noir and continues here in LOS ANGELES NOR. This book offers new stories, each set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the city of the book - so it will hold both regional appeal and appeal to any mystery fan who likes detailed settings to enhance the plot. A multicultural approach further enhances the stories which range from the spas of Koreatown to the rich of Beverly Hills and beyond, offering crime stories by Janet Fitch, Neal Pollack, Christopher Rice and others. A top pick for any fan of crime fiction and for libraries both located in California and beyond.
Diane C. Donovan California Bookwatch
It's mixed, and there's more bad than good Jun 7, 2007
It's just about what I was expecting--a collection of stories ranging from the good ("The Golden Gopher," "Kinship," "The Kidnapper Bell") to the horrible ("Mulholland Drive," "Midnight in Silicon Valley," "Number 19," "Once More, Lazarus"). Unfortunately, the bad outweighs the good, as is always a risk with these multiple-author anthologies.
The definitively bad line is from "Midnight in Silicon Valley," where we are informed that the main character was wooing big companies "like Intel and Pentium." That's just careless writing and poor editorial control, and takes you right out of the story.
A must-read for any true fan of noir May 25, 2007
With "Los Angeles Noir," the mean streets of L.A. are a little meaner not to mention a lot more diverse than they were portrayed during the era of J. Edgar Hoover, well-worn fedoras, and three-martini lunches at the Brown Derby. These stories are cinematic, violent little gems of contemporary crime fiction that are a must-read for any true fan of noir.
[The full review first appeared in The Elegant Variation.]
The layers of L. A. cross-sectioned. May 12, 2007
It's enough to convince you that the possibilities in this genre haven't been exhausted, but I must say that the familiar setting provides an extra wrinkle for an L.A. local. (Why I haven't run into Michael Connelly on Mulholland Drive is another mystery, but I'm on the look out). Of course good writing and taut suspense works anywhere, and that makes this gathering of L.A. writers worthy reading wherever you curl up to do it.
The table of contents reveals the organization, breaking down into four sections: "Police & Thieves," "Hollywoodlandia," "East of La Cienega," and "The Gold Coast." In other words, all over the map and, in this county, that's 450 square miles.