Re: RARA-AVIS: Re:Geographically themed Akashic Noir Series

From: Nathan Cain (
Date: 14 Jan 2008

The first Brooklyn Noir was very good. Pete Hamil's 'The Book Signing' was an excellent story. There was a very short, short story, I think by Kenji Jasper, that was also very good. In Wall Street Noir, "The Quant" by Charles Ardai, really stood out. That whole book had an exceptional line up, however, and I would recommend it.

On Jan 14, 2008 2:02 PM, Right Guy <> wrote:
> Have read a huge chunk of these and the true, glaring
> winners out of the bulk of ones I've invested time and
> attention toward were the first of the two Brooklyn
> volumes, London edited by Cathi Unsworth, the DC and
> Baltimore editions by George Pelecanos and Laura
> Lipman respectively, as well as Los Angeles, edited by
> Denise Hamilton. All of these titles in the
> series--the last volume listed in
> particular--exemplified the diversity of the region
> and succeeded in capturing (and in some instances
> modifying) the true spirit of what noir is and all its
> still vast and untapped possibilities.
> The remaining ones that I've read (and there's a good
> chunk I've indifferently not bothered with) and while
> they all contained serviceable writing, thought they
> for one reason or another were somewhat limp and or
> failed in their objective. The Minneapolis volume in
> particular I thought was at best, objectively weak in
> the knees to say the least. The Bruen edited Dublin
> edition wasn't among these but surprisingly enough, it
> wasn't altogether very strong which is saying
> something I guess, when you consider what a rabid
> Bruen fan I am.
> Hope this helps.
> -PD
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