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Los Angeles Noir (2007)
by Denise Hamilton (Editor)
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Launched by the summer '04 award-winning, best-seller 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. Brand new stories by: Michael Connelly, Janet Fitch, Susan Straight, Hector Tobar, Patt Morrison, Emory Holmes II, Robert Ferrigno, Gary Phillips, Christopher Rice, Naomi Hirahara, Jim Pascoe, Scott Phillips, Diana Wagman, Lienna Silver, Brian Ascalon Roley, and Denise Hamilton. Los Angeles is the birthplace of Noir. Maybe it's the overwhelming shadow cast by Hollywood, the blur of artifice and reality, the possibility of shucking off the past like last year's dress and reinventing yourself beyond your wildest dreams. Maybe it's the desperation that descends when the dream goes sour, the duplicity behind the stunning beauty, the rot of the jungle flowers, the rip tides that carry off the unwary. Writers like James Cain, Nathanael West and Raymond Chandler understood both the'hope and the horror that Los Angeles inspired, and harnessed this duality to create their masterpieces. With Los Angeles Noir, we've brought you the ethos of Chandler and Cain filtered through a 21st-century, multicultural lens. This is a literary travelogue from the Chinese mansions of San Marino to the day spas of Koreatown to the windy hills of Mullholland Drive, the baby gangsters of East Hollywood, the OG entrepreneur of Leimert Park, the old money of Beverly Hills, and the working class'of Mar Vista. Los Angeles Noir brings you tales of crime and passion and betrayal from some of the most innovative and celebrated writers working today.
An edition of this book was published by Akashic Books.
An edition of this book was published by Asphalte.