Item description for Bronx Noir (Akashic Noir) by S. J. Rozan, Bernard Mayes, Pookie Rolf, Dorothy M. Kennedy, Marcia F. Muth, Susanne Neubauer, Frances F. Berdan & Gerard S. Sloyan...
Overview Presents an anthology of chilling stories, each set in a distinct neighborhood of the Bronx, with contributions by such noted mystery writers as Thomas Adcock, Kevin Baker, Lawrence Block, and Suzanne Chazin.
Brand-new stories by: Thomas Adcock, Kevin Baker, Thomas Bentil, Lawrence Block, Jerome Charyn, Suzanne Chazin, Terrence Cheng, Ed Dee, Joanne Dobson, Robert Hughes, Marlon James, Sandra Kitt, Rita Laken, Miles Marshall Lewis, Pat Picciarelli, Abraham Rodriguez Jr., S.J. Rozan, Steven Torres, and Joe Wallace.
S.J. Rozan was born and raised in the Bronx and is a lifelong New Yorker. She’s the author of eight novels in the Lydia Chin/Bill Smith series, and of the stand-alones Absent Friends and In This Rain (forthcoming). Her books have won Edgar, Nero, Macavity, and Shamus awards for best novel. She’s at work on another series novel, Shanghai Moon.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 5.25" Height: 8.25" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2007
Publisher Akashic Books
ISBN 1933354259 ISBN13 9781933354255
Availability 0 units.
More About S. J. Rozan, Bernard Mayes, Pookie Rolf, Dorothy M. Kennedy, Marcia F. Muth, Susanne Neubauer, Frances F. Berdan & Gerard S. Sloyan
S. J. Rozan currently resides in New York City, in the state of New York.
Reviews - What do customers think about Bronx Noir (Akashic Noir)?
Interesting Visit To The Bronx Aug 11, 2008
This was my third read of the Noir series. I enjoyed this collection. Not as much as the Manhattan book. But, more than the New Orleans venture. Any work that includes 19 different authors may suffer from some inconsistency. However, by and large this delivered. Particularly, I liked Jerome Charyn's White Trash; Terrence Cheng's Gold Mountain about an illegal Chinese immigrant delivery man who found ways to to a financial windfall; Lawrence Block's Rude Awakening about a woman who murdered and robbed men she picked up in bars; Abraham Rodriguez,Jr.'s Jaguar about wealthy murderers who came from Westchester to find their victims; Steven Torres's Early Fall about about a young prostitute who met her fate;Joseph Wallace's The Big Five about would be game hunters who met their ends and Patrick Picciarelli's The Prince Of Arthur Avenue about an aging boss with years of service to La Cosa Nostra who was going senile. Definitely a fast paced worthy read.
Good Stuff Jul 2, 2008
This is a very nice collection of short crime stories. They come with clever twists, snappy endings, true to life dialogue and of course a great setting, the Bronx! As a second generation Bronxite, reading this anthology was extra fun for me. The neighborhoods and locales are familiar, the characters are those you know, bumped shoulders with or tried to desperately avoid. These are people living on the low down, where the street is king. I don't usually care for short stories, but these held my attention. A variety of styles, often funny, and the right length. There is one story about the Bronx Zoo so positively creepy I couldn't finish it. Get the book and check it out, you'll see what I mean.
New York by Black-Knight Mar 10, 2008
Short stories aren't usually my thing anymore but S. J. Rozan never disapoints . Clever with a bite-the bullet !
Great book. Feb 17, 2008
I have read many of the "Noir" series and this is one of the better ones. Definitly worth the read.
Old School Short Stories w/ a Twist Aug 8, 2007
I really like this collection (maybe even more so because I'm from New York) because it evokes so much atmosphere as well as history and context to various regions in the Bronx, that I suspect many readers do not know too much about. But after reading these stories, you will come away with more than a feeling for this borough that is world famous yet still over-stereotyped and misunderstood.
These stories as a whole create a fine read with great atmosphere and setting and again, a sense of authentic history. But in the end these are well crafted short stories that are driven by characters who are haunted by their dreams and desires and flaws--many trying to right wrongs from the past, many still living in the midst of conflicts they cannot escape, some by their own creation.
My favorite stories are: Terrence Cheng's "Gold Mountain" (after reading this you will never look at a Chinese delivery man the same way again); Kevin Baker's "The Cheer's Like Waves" (set in and around Yankee Stadium); S.J. Rozan's "Hothouse" (Botanical Gardens, the writing is so sharp and clear); Joseph Wallace's "The Big Five" (if you've been to the Bronx Zoo, you will be chilled by this piece); and "The Prince of Arthur Avenue" by Patrick Picciarelli (puts a twist on the stereotypical gangster story).