Item description for Detroit Noir (Akashic Noir) by E. J. Olsen & John C. Hocking...
Overview Presents short stories about Detroit with noir and crime fiction by writers such as Joyce Carol Oates, Joe Boland, Peter Markus, and Lolita Hernandez.
From crime stories in the classic hard-boiled style to the vividly experimental, from the determination of those risking everything to the desperation of those with nothing left to lose, Detroit Noir delivers unforgettable tales that capture the city’s dark vitality.
Includes stories by: Joyce Carol Oates, Loren D. Estleman, Craig Holden, P.J. Parrish, Desiree Cooper, Nisi Shawl, M.L. Liebler, Craig Bernier, Joe Boland, Megan Abbott, Dorene O’Brien, Lolita Hernandez, Peter Markus, Roger K. Johnson, Michael Zadoorian, and E.J. Olsen.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 5" Height: 8.25" Weight: 0.62 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2007
Publisher Akashic Books
ISBN 1933354399 ISBN13 9781933354392
Reviews - What do customers think about Detroit Noir (Akashic Noir)?
Uneven collection still worth the time Feb 27, 2008
This is the first collection from Akashic'a Noir series I have purchased. I grew up in Detroit, on the northeast side, and felt the authors painted a very accurate picture, for the most part, of the city and its various locales. The highlights of the book are the stories by Loren Estelman, Dorene O'Brien, Megan Abbott and Michael Zadoorian, which came across as nuanced and layered in comparison to several others. Dead Man's Boat, the story by Peter Markus, is told in a very original voice also and has a beautiful closing that left me wanting to read more of his work. Only a scant three of the stories seemed like odd socks in the drawer, trying to hard to create requirements of the noir genre to be included, and makes one wonder why Olsen and Hocking found them up to snuff. In the end though, so many of the stories satisfy, that I feel this is a book of short stories worth adding to your shelf.
Unsatisfying stories Jan 8, 2008
When even the great Loren D. Estleman provides a rather mediocre story - compared to the rest of his excellent work - you know right from the start (his story is first) that you can't expect a lot. I have not lived in Detroit, so I respect the other reviewers' opinion that the stories in the book capture the mood of the city. However, as a crime fiction fan, I expect more from a "noir" story and unfortunately most of these stories could not really grab my attention or create any "mystery" or "suspense" feeling. The only story that stands out and is a must read is the one from P.J. Parrish, but with one excellent story out of 16, I could not really recommend this collection.
Good collection Jan 1, 2008
Detroit is definitely a city that lends itself to dark tales. I liked this collection and thought it captured the mood of the city very well. It was nice to see some of the literary talent coming out of the Motor City together in one volume. It will be a quick but absorbing read.
Not Just Another Pretty Place Dec 11, 2007
Detroit Noir lives up to the promise of the earlier books in the series. Leading off with stories by P.J. Parrish, Loren Estleman, and Joyce Carol Oates, this volume starts at a high level and, although I knew few of the following writers, the stories and writing skill don't sag at all. Each writer shows the darker side of a particular Detroit landmark or district, sometimes with humor, but usually with the kind of bleakness that befits a book with "Noir" in the title.
Some of the stories aren't technically crime or mystery, but they convey such a powerful sense of Urban Blight (Motor City Malaise?) that they fit in with those of the better known writers. I plan to start combing bookshelves for other work by the people I've discovered thanks to this collection.