Los Angeles Noir
Los Angeles Noir brings you tales of crime and passion and betrayal from some of the most innovative and celebrated writers working today.
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A Los Angeles Times best seller, Book Sense Notable Pick, and SCIBA Book Award Winner
Susan Straight’s story, “The Golden Gopher,” won the 2008 Edgar Mystery Award, and two entries—Michael Connelly’s “Mulholland Dive” and Robert Ferrigno’s “The Hour When the Ship Comes In”—were selected for inclusion in the prestigious Best American Mystery Stories 2008 anthology
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.
Brand new stories by: Michael Connelly, Janet Fitch, Susan Straight, Héctor Tobar, Patt Morrison, Emory Holmes II, Robert Ferrigno, Gary Phillips, Christopher Rice, Naomi Hirahara, Jim Pascoe, Scott Phillips, Diana Wagman, Lienna Silver, Brian Ascalon Roley, and Denise Hamilton.
Los Angeles is the birthplace of Noir. Maybe it’s the overwhelming shadow cast by Hollywood, the blur of artifice and reality, the possibility of shucking off the past like last year’s dress and reinventing yourself beyond your wildest dreams. Maybe it’s the desperation that descends when the dream goes sour, the duplicity behind the stunning beauty, the rot of the jungle flowers, the rip tides that carry off the unwary. Writers like James Cain, Nathanael West, and Raymond Chandler understood both the hope and the horror that Los Angeles inspired, and harnessed this duality to create their masterpieces.
With Los Angeles Noir, we’ve brought you the ethos of Chandler and Cain filtered through a 21st-century, multicultural lens. This is a literary travelogue from the Chinese mansions of San Marino to the day spas of Koreatown to the windy hills of Mullholland Drive, the baby gangsters of East Hollywood, the OG entrepreneur of Leimert Park, the old money of Beverly Hills, and the working class of Mar Vista. Los Angeles Noir brings you tales of crime and passion and betrayal from some of the most innovative and celebrated writers working today.
Table of Contents
Part I: Police & Thieves
“Mulholland Dive” by Michael Connelly (Mulholland Drive)
“Number 19″ by Naomi Hirahara (Koreatown)
“Dangerous Days” by Emory Holmes II (Leimert Park)
“Midnight in Silicon Alley” by Denise Hamilton (San Marino)
Part II: Hollywoodlandia
“The Method” by Janet Fitch (Los Feliz)
“Morocco Junction 90210″ by Patt Morrison (Beverly Hills)
“Over Thirty” by Christopher Rice (West Hollywood)
“Once More, Lazarus” by Héctor Tobar (East Hollywood)
Part III: East of La Brea
“The Golden Gopher” by Susan Straight (Downtown LA)
“The Kidnapper Bell” by Jim Pascoe (Los Angeles River)
“City of Commerce” by Neal Pollack (Commerce)
“Fish” by Lienna Silver (Fairfax District)
“Roger Crumbler Considered His Shave” by Gary Phillips (Mid-City)
Part IV: The Gold Coast
“The Girl Who Kissed Barnaby Jones” by Scott Phillips (Pacific Palisades)
“Kinship” by Brian Ascalon Roley (Mar Vista)
“The Hour When the Ship Comes In” by Robert Ferrigno (Belmont Shore)
“What You See” by Diana Wagman (Westchester)
- Subjects: Mysteries & Crime, Noir Series
- Tags: Brian Ascalon Roley, Christopher Rice, Denise Hamilton, Diana Wagman, Emory Holmes II, Gary Phillips, Hector Tobar, Janet Fitch, Jim Pascoe, Lienna Silver, Los Angeles, Michael Connelly, Naomi Hirahara, Noir Series, Patt Morrison, Robert Ferrigno, Scott Phillips, Susan Straight