Motor City’s finest literary talents—including Oates, Estleman, Holden, and Parrish—offer a shadowed spectrum of gripping, haunted visions.
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.
Contributors: Joyce Carol Oates, Loren D. Estleman, P.J. Parrish, Nisi Shawl, Craig Holden, Craig Bernier, Desiree Cooper, Melissa Preddy, E.J. Olsen, Joe Boland, Megan Abbott, Dorene O’Brien, Lolita Hernandez, Peter Markus, Roger K. Johnson, and Michael Zadoorian.
Detroit Noir is a snapshot of a city in darkness. This collection presents a multifaceted vision of a seedy metropolis where crime beckons and repels, where honest work can provide salvation or grueling dissolution, where the guilty and the innocent share both desperation and determination.
From hard-edged crime stories in the classic style to sharply etched visions of ordinary lives in crisis, from lucid descriptions of men and women anchored to simple truths to spellbinding visions of those who live on the edge of chaos, Detroit Noir captures the dark vitality of a wounded city that stubbornly refuses to die.
Table of Contents
Part I: Animal Farm
“Kill the Cat” by Loren D. Estleman (Rivertown)
“Pride” by P.J. Parrish (Brush Park)
“Panic” by Joyce Carol Oates (Chrysler Freeway)
“Little Horses” by Nisi Shawl (Belle Isle)
Part II: Factory of One
“Red Quarters” by Craig Holden (Hamtramck)
“Migration” by Craig Bernier (Rouge Foundry)
“Night Coming” by Desiree Cooper (Palmer Woods)
Part III: Silence of the City
“The Coffee Break” by Melissa Preddy (Grandmont-Rosedale)
“Snow Angel” by E.J. Olsen (Grand Circus Park)
“The Night Watchman Is Asleep” by Joe Boland (Downtown)
“Our Eyes Couldn’t Stop Opening” by Megan Abbott (Alter Road)
“Honesty above All Else” by Dorene O’Brien (Corktown)
Part IV: Edge of the Past
“Over the Belle Isle Boundary” by Lolita Hernandez (East Grand Boulevard)
“The Dead Man’s Boat” by Peter Markus (Delray)
“Hey Love” by Roger K. Johnson (New Center)
“The Lost Tiki Palaces of Detroit” by Michael Zadoorian (Woodward Avenue)
- Subjects: Mysteries & Crime, Noir Series
- Tags: Craig Bernier, Craig Holden, Desiree Cooper, Detroit, Dorene O'Brien, E.J. Olsen, Joe Boland, John C. Hocking, Joyce Carol Oates, Lolita Hernandez, Loren D. Estleman, Megan Abbott, Melissa Preddy, Michael Zadoorian, Michigan, Nisi Shawl, Noir Series, P.J. Parrish, Peter Markus, Roger K. Johnson