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Orange County Noir by Gary Phillips
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Orange County Noir (2010)

by Gary Phillips (Editor)

Other authors: Mary Castillo (Contributor), Barbara DeMarco-Barrett (Contributor), Dan Duling (Contributor), Robert S. Levinson (Contributor), Dick Lochte (Contributor)9 more, Lawrence Maddox (Contributor), Gordon McAlpine (Contributor), Patricia McFall (Contributor), Gary Phillips (Contributor), Rob Roberge (Contributor), Martin J. Smith (Contributor), Susan Straight (Contributor), Nathan Walpow (Contributor), Robert Ward (Contributor)

Series: Akashic Books Noir Series

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Akashic Noir has published a series of "noir" anthologies. Each anthology is named for a geographical place and contains short fiction centering around that geographic location. This one centers on Orange County California and anyone familiar with the locations can certainly recognize them from these tales. Although I wouldn't necessarily classify all of these stories as noir or even neo-noir, I found them all to be highly readable and entertaining. Stories range from tales about the ghosts that haunt Santa Ana's canyons to the brilliant tale about Diverters in Tustin. Diverters are medical professionals who "divert" drugs from patients to those who pay big bucks for a not so cheap thrill. Hospice workers clearly have the best stuff. There is also a great tale about a movie producer who takes a break in Dana Point and almost misjudges the conniving nature of the locals. Also noteworthy is a tale about "The Happiest Place On Earth" which isn't an absolutely happy tale and reminds you to follow your intuition about who to trust. "On a The Night In Question" by Patricia McFall is also worth a read. It's a yarn about a lonely Garden Grove man and his sweet pen pal in the women's penitentiary. The moods in all these stories capture a certain angst beneath the surface of the endless beaches and housing tracts of some parts of the OC and the sense of unfairness felt by the havenots in various parts of the county not glamorized on tv shows. ( )
  DaveWilde | Sep 22, 2017 |
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Phillips, GaryEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Castillo, MaryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
DeMarco-Barrett, BarbaraContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Duling, DanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Levinson, Robert S.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lochte, DickContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Maddox, LawrenceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McAlpine, GordonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McFall, PatriciaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Phillips, GaryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Roberge, RobContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Smith, Martin J.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Straight, SusanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Walpow, NathanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ward, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Orange County, California, brings to mind the endless summer of sand and surf, McMansion housing tracts, a conservative stronghold, and tony shopping centers. "Orange County Noir" pulls back the veil to reveal what lurks behind the curtain in these brand-new, seductive stories by fourteen up-and-coming mystery writers.… (more)

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