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Tampa Bay Noir

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Tampa Bay joins Miami in representing the (alleged) Sunshine State in the Noir Series arena.

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What people are saying…

“At last, the popular Akashic Noir series has adopted the Tampa Bay area . . . The notion of elevating place to the status of a character in a story, a frequent topic in writers workshops, works to maximum effect. The descriptive forays are full of observations that can only be gleaned by living here.”
Tampa Bay Times

“A new collection of noir fiction features all sorts of miscreants finding their way through this part of Florida.”
Ocala Star Banner

“For too long readers have connected Florida Noir with the admittedly fascinating locales of Miami-Dade County, thanks to a slew of talented and popular writers no doubt, but there’s another major metropolitan area on the Gulf Coast that’s every bit Miami’s equal for bizarre noir. Tampa Bay gets a much-deserved turn in the spotlight with this new collection in the Akashic series, edited by Colette Bancroft and featuring some stellar contributions from writers out of the greater Tampa diaspora, including Michael Connelly, Tim Dorsey, Sarah Gerard, Ace Atkins, and Lori Roy.”
CrimeReads, One of the Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2020

“Books can transport us to faraway, exotic places we’ve never seen, but they can also show us new angles of familiar places we thought we knew. Places closer to home like Hyde Park, Tierra Verde, Davis Islands, Palma Ceia, Clearwater Beach, Pass-a-Grille, Indian Rocks Beach, Westshore, St. Petersburg’s 34th Street, Gibsonton, Lake Maggiore, Pinellas Park, Largo, Safety Harbor and Rattlesnake. Those are the local settings—yes, Rattlesnake is a real place!—for the 15 stories collected in Tampa Bay Noir, an anthology of new crime fiction due out in August.”
Creative Pinellas

“Every classic mystery-fiction theme is represented here—murder, fraud, love, sex, money—and, overall, the writing is top quality. Lovers of short crime fiction should eat this one up.”
Booklist Online

“Fifteen tales that reveal the dark side of sunny Tampa Bay.”
Kirkus Reviews


Description

Akashic Books continues its award-winning series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each book comprises all new stories, each one set in a distinct location within the geographic area of the book.

Brand-new stories by: Michael Connelly, Lori Roy, Ace Atkins, Karen Brown, Tim Dorsey, Lisa Unger, Sterling Watson, Luis Castillo, Sarah Gerard, Danny López, Ladee Hubbard, Gale Massey, Yuly Restrepo Garcés, Eliot Schrefer, and Colette Bancroft.

From the introduction by Colette Bancroft:

Ask most people what the Tampa Bay area is famous for, and they might mention sparkling beaches and sleek urban centers and contented retirees strolling the golf courses year-round. But it’s always had a dark side. Just look at its signature event: a giant pirate parade.

Not only does Gasparilla honor the buccaneer traditions of theft, debauchery, and violence; its namesake pirate captain, José Gaspar, is a fake who probably never existed. And if there’s any variety of crime baked into Florida’s history, it’s fraud. From the indigenous residents who supposedly conned Spanish explorers seeking the Fountain of Youth through the rolling cycles of real estate scams that have shaped the Sunshine State for the last century or so, the place is a grifter’s native habitat.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part I: Suburb Sinister
“The Guardian” by Michael Connelly (Hyde Park)
“Chum in the Water” by Lori Roy (Tierra Verde)
“I Get the Same Old Feeling” by Karen Brown (Davis Islands)
“Triggerfish Lane” by Tim Dorsey (Palma Ceia)

Part II: Blood in the Water
“Only You” by Lisa Unger (Clearwater Beach)
“Extraordinary Things” by Sterling Watson (Pass-a-Grille)
“Local Waters” by Luis Castillo (Indian Rocks Beach)

Part III: Grifters’ Paradise
“Tall, Dark, and Handsome” by Ace Atkins (Westshore)
“The Midnight Preacher” by Sarah Gerard (34th Street)
“Jackknife” by Danny López (Gibsonton)

Part IV: Family Secrets
“It’s Not Locked Because It Don’t Lock” by Ladee Hubbard (Lake Maggiore)
“Marked” by Gale Massey (Pinellas Park)
“Pablo Escobar” by Yuly Restrepo Garcés (Largo)
“Wings Beating” by Eliot Schrefer (Safety Harbor)
“The Bite” by Colette Bancroft (Rattlesnake)

Listen to an interview with editor Colette Bancroft at WRBQ-FM (Tampa).

Listen to an interview with contributor Lisa Unger at WRBQ-FM (Tampa).

Watch interviews with editor Colette Bancroft and contributor Lisa Unger at Daytime (WFLA News Channel 8) and Tampa Bay’s Morning Blend (ABC Action News, WFTS Tampa Bay).

Read an interview with Colette Bancroft at the St. Pete Catalyst.


Book Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Published: 8/4/20
  • IBSN: 9781617758102
  • e-IBSN: 9781617758126

Author

COLETTE BANCROFT has been the book editor at the Tampa Bay Times since 2007. In addition to writing reviews and interviewing authors, she directs the annual Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading. She served two terms on the board of the National Book Critics Circle. Bancroft earned degrees in English from the University of South Florida and the University of Florida, and she wishes she had finished her dissertation on the novels of Raymond Chandler. She is the editor of Tampa Bay Noir.

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