Re: RARA-AVIS: Miami Noir, out in Nov

Date: 30 Sep 2006

          Of course, I'm happy about this review because my story is mentioned, but I'm sure it's of interest to the group, so I have a good excuse to send it around! Vicki Miami Noir

Standiford, Les (Editor) Series Title: Akashic Noir ISBN: 1933354135 Akashic Books Published 2006-11 Paperback , $15.95 (355p) Fiction | Anthologies (multiple authors); Fiction | Mystery & Detective - General Ages Reviewed 2006-09-25 Publisher's Weekly Sixteen new, diverse and highly entertaining mystery stories pack Akashic's latest city-by-city tour of modern noir, spotlighting the "Miami School," which has sprung to dynamic life in the wake of the legendary Charles Willeford and his signature novel Miami Blues . This anthology prowls through South Beach and across Alligator Alley, hitting every demographic, from long-term Cuban 魩gr鳠 to Haitian boat people and the garden variety psychopathic redneck. In James W. Hall's "Ride Along," a college professor with an interest in crime writing goes slumming with a thug called Jumpy-"6'4", skinny as a greyhound, pasty-skinned, all knuckles and Adam's apple"-with unexpected results. Vicki Hendricks does a neat deconstruction of classic noir with "Boozanne, Lemme Be," wherein the 4'10" protagonist-"too short for normal chicks, too tall for a dwarf"-lives undetected under a house until he connects with the titular Boozanne and dives still further into ruin. This volume is as solid as the coral rock lying beneath the Miami streets.(Nov.)

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