I'm taking Havana Noir along for my July 4th reading (along with Misha Glenny's McMafia and Jess Walter's The Zero (started it last night, loved what I've read so far -- Citizen Vince was a gas).
Overall, I think the Akashic anthologies have been pretty strong. I've had stories in three of them, so this may sound like self-promotion, but it's not. The contributors have always included people I've never read before and whose work I found strong, intriguing, different.
Most interesting: the Edgar for Best Short Story has twice gone to Akashic Noir contributors -- and from the lit realm, not the crime realm: Susan Straight from LA Noir and Luis Alberto Urrea from Phoenix Noir. As one who feels a particular loathing for the phrase "transcends the genre," I find this interesting. And humbling.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Joseph" <jgaitalia@...> wrote:
> Hi to all--at a used bookstore I picked up a few
> from this series: Manhattan Noir 1, Brooklyn 1,
> Boston, and New Orleans. Wonder if anyone has
> any thoughts on the quality of any of these books,
> or on the Akashic Noir series in general. Thanks.
> joe allegretti
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