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Las Vegas Noir (Akashic Noir) [Paperback]

By Jarret Keene (Editor) & Todd James Pierce (Editor)
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Launched by the summer '04 award-winning bestseller Brooklyn Noir, Akashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies. Each book is comprised of all-new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the city of the book.

In this chilling portrait of America's Sin City, lady luck is just as likely to dispense cold hard cash as a cold-hearted killing.

Brand-new stories by: John O’Brien, David Corbett, Scott Phillips, Nora Pierce, Bliss Esposito, Felicia Campbell, Jaq Greenspon, Jos Skinner, Pablo Medina, Christine McKellar, Lori Kozlowski, Vu Tran, Celeste Starr, Preston L. Allen, Tod Goldberg, and Janet Berliner. ??

Las Vegas provides the classic sophistication and darkness necessary for a deadly noir story. Stylish, sultry, brimming with ambition and greed, the characters that populate this literary Las Vegas are pushed to the extremes of human experience. From the neon glitter of the Strip to the treacherous views of Red Rock Canyon and Boulder City, from the desperation of Naked City to the racial tensions of the Westside, no other location offers so many different avenues leading to serious trouble.  

Many legendary authors have turned their attention to Vegas to investigate the city's moods and mysteries. Now, the most recent crop of acclaimed writers explore the secret neighborhoods and byways of America's most sinful city, offering readers not only compelling noir tales but also an insider's understanding of this steamy oasis. These authors take readers beneath the surface flash of Freemont Street and the Strip and into the gritty multicultural environs of underground Vegas.

Jarret Keene is author/editor of three books, including the poetry collection Monster Fashion, the alt-travel tome The Underground Guide to Las Vegas, and the unauthorized rock bio The Killers: Destiny Is Calling Me. He lives in Las Vegas.

Todd James Pierce is the author of three books, including the novel A Woman of Stone and the short story collection Newsworld, which won the 2006 Drue Heinz Literature Prize. He is an assistant professor of English at Cal Poly University in San Luis Obispo, California.??

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Item Specifications...

Pages   311
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 5.25" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2008
Publisher   Akashic Books
ISBN  1933354496  
ISBN13  9781933354491  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jarret Keene is author/editor of three books, including the poetry collection Monster Fashion, the alt-travel tome The Underground Guide to Las Vegas and the unauthorized rock bio The Killers: Destiny is Calling Me. He lives in Las Vegas.

Jarret Keene currently resides in Las Vegas, in the state of Nevada. Jarret Keene was born in 1973.

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Another Winner In The Noir Series  Sep 3, 2008
This time there are sixteen short stories by authors for the most part that are not well known. Some of the reads are quite gruesome. Particularly I liked Vu Tran's Chinatown about a cop who's wife left him and how he tried to get revenge on her new husband and Preston Allen's Nellis about a tough, ugly,large,tender hearted black body guard/enforcer who had a traumatic childhood but became a gentle giant giving up his life for a young girl. Worthwile read.
What Happens in Vegas gets Buried in Vegas  Jul 16, 2008
This is a series of books that compile a number of very short stories and vignettes all based in a single city, Las Vegas in this instance. The writers are generally good, and in most cases published. After a while, I miss the substance of a complete novel, but if you like Vegas as a locale, you can't go wrong with this book. The crime genre is indicated in the title - Noir - which gives all the stories a similar dark, brooding, and sharp edge to them. This is the literary compliment of "cinema noir." I plan on reading the London Noir book next, although I will take a break and read one of Elizabeth George's novels first. Good read - easy to read while doing other things - the stories tend to be 15 pages in length. This is Vegas "old Style" before the glitzy legitimacy took over. And in many of these stories, what happened in Vegas not only stayed in Vegas ... but got buried in Vegas.
Las Vegas Noir  May 21, 2008
Gave this to my husband who is an avid action book
reader. He did not like this book at all.
Noir du neon  May 21, 2008
The latest compilation in Akashic Books' fine Noir series takes us on a wide-ranging tour de force of Las Vegas, America's own City of Lights. Here, the standard cliches are out, while a fresh literary degustation is in. Nicely edited by Jarret Keene (author of 2000's 'Underground Guide to Las Vegas') and Todd James Pierce, Las Vegas Noir avoids ubiquitous Hollywood-driven conventions regarding that which exists away from showgirls, poker geeks, and high roller suites on the Strip. Instead, we are treated to 15 highly original stories by a fresh roster of writers who capture the surprising diversity of voice and millieu that is 21st Century Las Vegas. From Felicia Campbell's riotous take on the University of Never Leaving Vegas ('Murder is Academic') to Tod Goldberg's knowing snapshot of my home neighborhood of Summerlin ('Mitzvah'), Las Vegas Noir vindicates a Southern Nevada literary scene slowly emerging from its clique-ish, native-born treehouse of not long ago - and gives Akashic's well-earned national readership another Noir collection to feast upon.
Akashic has an absolutely great collection of Noir Books  Apr 27, 2008
I have enjoyed the other noir collections and Las Vegas Noir definitely was not a disappointment. Highly recommend this as well as the rest of the collections.

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