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Memphis Noir (Akashic Noir) by Laureen…

Memphis Noir (Akashic Noir)

by Laureen Cantwell (Editor), Leonard Gill (Editor)

Other authors: Richard J. Alley (Contributor), John Bensko (Contributor), Stephen Clements (Contributor), Arthur Flowers (Contributor), Dwight Fryer (Contributor)11 more, Kaye George (Contributor), Jamey Hatley (Contributor), Cary Holladay (Contributor), Ehi Ike (Contributor), Lee Martin (Contributor), Penny Register-Shaw (Contributor), Suzanne Berube Rorhus (Contributor), Adam Shaw (Contributor), Sheree R. Thomas (Contributor), Troy L. Wiggins (Contributor), David Wesley Williams (Contributor)

Series: Akashic Books Noir Series

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I love these collections - they combine two of my favorite things, travel and noir. Memphis is a great city to do because it has such a personality of its own, but can be viewed through so many different lenses. This is a varied and interesting collection.
  sbelasco | Aug 3, 2016 |
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I received this book for free from Early Reviewers. Ahhh I do love good short stories and this book was chockful of them! All the stories (fictional) were based in Memphis and noted different landmarks from this city. The majority of the stories I liked.

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  booklover3258 | May 17, 2016 |
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I found this book hard to get into. Maybe my memories of Memphis are too romantic as they date mostly to the 50s, before the strife and sadness. I wanted more of the city revealed, instead I got peoples lives that I don't care about. Even the story, Panama Limited, which I thought had potential, but the author didn't quite get the actual symbolism of this train, which I have ridden, but carried a kind of secondary ptina that the author didn't quite uncover. ( )
  vpfluke | Apr 25, 2016 |
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I grew up in Memphis. This is a book of stories about Memphis, but it's not a Memphis that I recognize. Mostly, at least. There's nothing wrong with that; I led one kind of life there, while _Memphis Noir_ focuses on a completely different type of living.

The stories offered here drip with atmosphere. One definitely feels the effect of place: a dark, warm, languid, sharp city full of secrets. As in most story collections, some entries are more enjoyable than others; a few I barely understood.

Perhaps this collection is typical of the noir genre or of this particular series. I haven't read enough of either to be sure. I requested this review copy primarily because it's about Memphis, a place that I know, or knew. But, as I don't know the Memphis that's portrayed here, I'm not sure that I'm likely to visit it again. ( )
  baroquem | Apr 1, 2016 |
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I've been a fan of the Akashic Noir series for some time now. Overall, I would classify Memphis Noir as a "good read," but I felt something lacking from many of the stories. Several stories leaned more towards dark fantasy/surrealism rather than the grittier noir style I've come to expect from the series. Not a bad collection of stories, just not one of my favorites. ( )
  glendalea | Dec 1, 2015 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Laureen CantwellEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gill, LeonardEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Alley, Richard J.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bensko, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Clements, StephenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Flowers, ArthurContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fryer, DwightContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
George, KayeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hatley, JameyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Holladay, CaryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ike, EhiContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Martin, LeeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Register-Shaw, PennyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rorhus, Suzanne BerubeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shaw, AdamContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Thomas, Sheree R.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wiggins, Troy L.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Williams, David WesleyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Akashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each story is set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the city of the book.

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