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Berkeley Noir (Akashic Noir) by Jerry…
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Berkeley Noir (Akashic Noir)

by Jerry Thompson (Editor)

Other authors: Lucy Jane Bledsoe (Contributor), Summer Brenner (Contributor), Thomas Burchfield (Contributor), JM Curet (Contributor), Aya de León (Contributor)12 more, Susan Dunlap (Contributor), Barry Gifford (Contributor), Owen Hill (Contributor), Owen Hill (Contributor), Mara Faye Lethem (Contributor), Michael David Lukas (Contributor), Nick Mamatas (Contributor), Kimn Neilson (Contributor), Jim Nisbet (Contributor), Lexi Pandell (Contributor), Jason S. Ridler (Contributor), Shanthi Sekaran (Contributor)

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"A town named after a British philosopher doesn't exactly evoke visions of Goodis or Highsmith. Grifters? Dames? Cops? In Berkeley? On the surface the alleys don't seem that dark, until we look a little closer. Possibly the most iconic visual image of Berkeley does involve cops. It's the film with Mario Savio, atop a police car with a megaphone, declaring, "There's a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can't take part!" Now there's a statement that sums up the spirit of noir. Berkeley Noir asks, If not here, where? While deciding which keys were needed to rev its engines, it was clear to us that for every mile, for every author who helped pave the way for this collection, writers like Anthony Boucher, Janet Dawson, Margaret Cuthbert, Ellen Gilchrist, Linda Grant, Jonathan Lethem, and Barry Gifford (included here with a new gem, "Barroom Butterfly"), there would always be a place in the heart of Berkeley where one would feel at home. From legends like Philip K. Dick setting his stories here, or Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni working out marital bliss in her early novels, or Linnea A. Due tackling teenage alcoholism in the 1970s in High and Outside. The search for an authentic and eclectic voice, and the search for home, become the most important ingredients of this journey"--… (more)

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Bledsoe, Lucy JaneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brenner, SummerContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Burchfield, ThomasContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Curet, JMContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
de León, AyaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dunlap, SusanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gifford, BarryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Lethem, Mara FayeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lukas, Michael DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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