San Francisco Noir 2: The Classics
Dashiell Hammett and William Vollmann are just two treats in this stellar sequel to the smash-hit original volume of San Francisco Noir.
What people are saying…
Praise for the first San Francisco Noir anthology:
“This is one book that should come with a scrip for Valium. If you do not feel jumpy after reading San Francisco Noir, you did not read it.”
—San Francisco Chronicle
The romantic “city by the bay” is blasted by yet another crime spree as San Francisco Noir 2: The Classics picks up where its predecessor left off. Join some of the great storytellers of the past as they conspire with contemporary noir virtuosos to showcase the city’s criminal legacy. From Wild West outpost to dystopian cosmopolis, San Francisco is exposed in all its treacherous glory. Visit a sinister landscape populated by the possessed, the dispossessed, and the wandering ghosts of days gone by.
Past meets present as Ambrose Bierce, Frank Norris, Mark Twain, Jack London, Dashiell Hammett, and Fletcher Flora team up with Bill Pronzini, Joe Gores, Janet Dawson, Oscar Peñaranda, Seth Morgan, Craig Clevenger, and others, to present short stories that will shake the city to its dark core.
Be sure to also check out San Francisco Noir.
Table of Contents
Part I: Barbarous Coast
“A Watcher By the Dead” by Ambrose Bierce (North Beach, 1889)
“The Third Circle” by Frank Norris (Chinatown, 1897)
“The Black Hole of San Francisco” by Mark Twain (Portsmouth Square, 1865)
“South of the Slot” by Jack London (South of Market, 1909)
Part II: Shadows in the Fog
“The Scorched Face” by Dashiell Hammett (Telegraph Hill, 1925)
“The Collector Comes After Payday” by Fletcher Flora (Lower Market Street, 1953)
“Souls Burning” by Bill Pronzini (Civic Center, 1991)
“The Second Coming” by Joe Gores (San Quentin, 1966)
“Knives in the Dark” by Don Herron (Nob Hill, 2002)
Part III: Isle of Broken Dreams
“Christ Walked Down Market Street” by Ernest J. Gaines (Market Street, 2005)
“Deceptions” by Marcia Muller (Golden Gate Bridge, 1987)
“The King Butcher of Bristol Bay” by Oscar Peñaranda (Manilatown, 2004)
“Invisible Time” by Janet Dawson (Union Square, 1998)
Part IV: Desolation Angels
“Street Court” by Seth Morgan (Outer Mission, 1990)
“The Numbers Game” by Craig Clevenger (The Sunset, 2009)
“The Woman Who Laughed” by William T. Vollmann (Tenderloin, 1989)
“Ash” by John Shirley (The Mission, 1991)
- Subjects: Mysteries & Crime, Noir Series
- Tags: Abrose Bierce, Bill Pronzini, California, Craig Clevenger, Dashiell Hammett, Don Herron, Ernest J. Gaines, Fletcher Flora, Frank Norris, Jack London, Janet Dawson, Joe Gores, John Shirley, Marcia Muller, Mark Twain, Noir Series, Oscar Penaranda, Peter Maravelis, San Francisco, Seth Morgan, William T. Vollmann