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Montana Noir

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Grady and Graff, both Montana natives, masterfully curate this collection of hard-edged Western tales.

Forthcoming: 9/5/17

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What people are saying…

“What could be a more unlikely breeding ground for noir fiction than Montana, whose wide-open landscapes seem the polar opposite of the mean streets of Los Angeles? Yet certain noir standbys prove both malleable and fertile in these 14 new stories . . . If Montana has a dark side, is anywhere safe from noir?”
Kirkus Reviews

“Terrific . . . Montana Noir is one of the high points in Akashic’s long-running and justly celebrated Noir series…Editors Grady and Graff’s selections…are all sharply attuned to their settings and to the ways those varying landscapes reflect the darkness within the people who walk the streets or drive the country roads.”
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Description

Akashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each story is set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the city of the book.

Brand-new stories by: David Abrams, Caroline Patterson, Eric Heidle, Thomas McGuane, Janet Skeslien Charles, Sidner Larson, Yvonne Seng, James Grady, Jamie Ford, Carrie La Seur, Walter Kirn, Gwen Florio, Debra Magpie Earling, and Keir Graff.

Montana is a state that many Americans know very little about, but its criminal dimensions can sometimes run as deep as anywhere else in the country. Whether the setting is urban (or what passes for urban in Montana) or rural, or somewhere in between, the stories in this volume bring the full state to life . . . or death.

From the introduction by James Grady and Keir Graff:

This anthology is a road trip through the dreams and disasters of the true Montana, stories written by authors with Montana in their blood, tales that circle you around the state through its cities and small towns . . . No doubt the state’s beauty will still make the very idea of Montana Noir seem incongruous to some. Noir is black-and-white. Streets and alleys. Flashing neon lighting a rain-streaked window. But while noir was definitely an urban invention, it knows no boundaries. Noir is struggle. It’s doing the wrong thing for the right reasons. It’s being trapped. It’s hubris. It’s being defeated yet going on. Sometimes it’s being defeated and not going on.

That’s life everywhere.

This is our Montana.


Book Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Published: 9/5/17
  • IBSN: 9781617755798
  • e-IBSN: 9781617756054

Authors

JAMES GRADY was born and raised in Shelby, Montana. His first novel, Six Days of the Condor, became an iconic movie starring Robert Redford. He is the coeditor of Montana Noir.

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KEIR GRAFF was born and raised in Missoula, Montana. He is the author of four novels for adults (most recently The Price of Liberty) and two novels for middle-graders. Graff now lives in Chicago, where he is the executive editor of Booklist. He is the coeditor of Montana Noir.

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