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Austin Noir

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Austin joins Dallas and Houston in Akashic’s deep dive into the Lone Star State’s darkest dimensions

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What people are saying…

“Seems like everybody comes to Austin, sooner or later, and now the Akashic Books series of original noir anthologies has finally arrived, its freshly inked pages strewn with shadows and ill intent.”
Austin Chronicle

“With the common thread of Austin, Texas, Austin Noir is a new compendium of original short stories, each of which are showcased gems of noir fiction and unreservedly recommended for both personal reading lists and community/academic library Contemporary Mystery/Suspense collections.”
Library Bookwatch

Austin Noir, edited by Hopeton Hay, Scott Montgomery and Molly Odintz, is part of a vast, global series of site-specific collections that includes Houston Noir, Dallas Noir, and Lone Star Noir. The volume includes a handy map of the story locations.”
Austin American-Statesman’s “Guide to 10 books that would make great last-minute gifts for fans of Texas people, places, culture and history”

“An example of noir at its best is ‘Stunts’ by Ace Atkins . . . Jeff Abbott’s ‘The Good Neighbor’ is another gem that features compelling characters, a unique and fascinating plot, and an ending that is right on the money.”
New York Journal of Books


From the editors’ introduction:

You’ve probably heard of Austin. You may have been here for South by Southwest. Your best friend may have recently relocated here from California. You might have thought about moving here yourself, then decided it wasn’t worth it to live in Texas. You may have moved to Austin decades ago. You may even have been born and raised in Austin, and now you’re on the outskirts of San Antonio or (god forbid) Waco because you can’t afford to buy a house anywhere else. Or you may be living in a shiny new building downtown, watching the final stages of a sleepy town’s transformation into modern metropolis. One thing you’ll hear from almost any Austin resident: it was better when they got here . . .

“As the city expands, construction never stops, struggling futilely to keep up with new demand. The running joke is that the city bird is the crane. Rents and property values keep climbing.We fear becoming Dallas . . . The writers contributing to this collection represent a kaleidoscopic view of the city—not just in where they set the stories, but in their different social, economic, and cultural perspectives.

Featuring brand-new stories from: Gabino Iglesias, Ace Atkins, Amanda Moore, Jeff Abbott, Scott Montgomery, Richard Z. Santos, Alexandra Burt, Lee Thomas, Miriam Kuznets, Jacob Grovey, Chaitali Sen, Molly Odintz, Amy Gentry, and Andrew Hilbert.

Table of Contents


“The Pink Monkey” by Gabino Iglesias (East Side)
“Stunts” by Ace Atkins (Red River Street)
“Reflections” by Amanda Moore (Arboretum)
“The Good Neighbor” Jeff Abbott (West Lake Hills)
“A Thousand Bats on an Austin Night” by Scott Montgomery (Lady Bird Lake)

“Rush Hour” by Richard Z. Santos (The Domain)
“Sapphire Blue” by Alexandra Burt (Stratford Hills)
“Charles Bronson” by Lee Thomas (Hotel Van Zandt)
“Saving” by Miriam Kuznets (Rollingwood)
“A Time and Place” by Jacob Grovey (Braker)

“The Foundation” by Chaitali Sen (Clarksville)
“Michael’s Perfect Penis” by Molly Odintz (Airport Boulevard)
“Stitches” by Amy Gentry (West Campus)
“Bangface vs. Cleaning Solutions, LLC” by Andrew Hilbert (Southpark Meadows)
About the Contributors

Book Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Published: 5/2/23
  • IBSN: 9781636140896
  • e-IBSN: 9781636140988
  • Hardcover
  • IBSN: 9781636140902


Scott Montgomery became immersed in the crime-fiction scene while working at the Mystery Bookstore in Los Angeles. In Austin, he has continued to work as a bookseller specializing in the genre. His writing has appeared in Shotgun Honey and the anthologies Murder on Wheels, Lone Star Lawless, and The Eyes of Texas. His latest work is as an editor of Austin Noir.

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Hopeton Hay is a book talk show host and producer based in the Austin metro area who has been interviewing crime-fiction authors since 2009. Currently, he hosts and produces the Diverse Voices Book Review podcast which features a monthly crime-fiction episode. His latest work is as an editor of Austin Noir.

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Molly Odintz is the senior editor of CrimeReads. Her essays and criticism have appeared in the Paper Brigade and the Austin Chronicle. After five years in New York, she recently moved back to her hometown of Austin with her cat, Fritz Lang, in tow. Her latest work is as an editor of Austin Noir. 

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