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Baltimore Noir

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Mystery queenpin Lippman and cohorts dissect the urban locale unaffectionately called Bulletmore, in the state of the Union ingloriously labeled Murderland.

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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 Simon, Laura Lippman, Tim Cockey, Rob Hiaasen, Robert Ward, Sujata Massey, Jack Bludis, Rafael Alvarez, Marcia Talley, Joseph Wallace, Lisa Respers France, Charlie Stella, Sarah Weinman, Dan Fesperman, Jim Fusilli, and Ben Neihart.

From the introduction by Laura Lippman:

The writers in this collection eschew nostalgia without sacrificing affection. They confront the full irony that is Charm City, a place where you can go from the leafy beauty of the North Side neighborhoods to the gutted ghettos of the West Side in less than twenty minutes, then find your way to the revamped Inner Harbor in another ten. Homegrown Baltimore philosopher Virginia Baker once said: “If it ain’t right and it ain’t decent, stay the hell away from it.” Alas, Virginia, Baltimore’s not right. It’s hardly even polite anymore. But for a Baltimore writer, escape is the one concept where the imagination steadfastly fails. We belong here.

Table of Contents


Part I: The Way Things Used To Be
“Easy As A-B-C” by Laura Lippman (Locust Point)
“Fat Chance” by Robert Ward (Old Northwood)
“Pigtown Will Shine Tonight” by Jack Bludis (Pigtown)
“Over My Dead Body” by Rob Hiaasen (Fell’s Point)
“The Invisible Man” by Rafael Alvarez (Highlandtown)

Part II: The Way Things Are
“Stainless Steel” by David Simon (Sandtown-Winchester)
“Home Movies” by Marcia Talley (Little Italy)
“Liminal” by Joseph Wallace (Security Boulevard-Woodlawn)
“Almost Missed It By a Hair” by Lisa Respers (France Howard Park)
“Ode to the O’s” by Charlie Stella (Memorial Stadium)
“Don’t Walk in Front of Me” by Sarah Weinman (Pikesville)

Part III: The Way Things Never Were
“As Seen on TV” by Dan Fesperman (Fells Point)
“The Haunting of Slink Ridgely” by Tim Cockey (Greenspring Valley)
“The Homecoming” by Jim Fusilli (Camden Yards)
“Frog Cycle” by Ben Neihart (Inner Harbor)
“Goodwood Gardens” by Sujata Massey (Roland Park)

Book Details

  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Published: 5/1/06
  • IBSN: 9781888451962
  • e-IBSN: 9781936070190


LAURA LIPPMAN is the award-winning writer of more than twenty crime-fiction novels. She lives in Baltimore (and is the editor of Baltimore Noir) and New Orleans with her husband, David Simon, and her very smart daughter, Georgia Rae. Liza Jane & the Dragon is her debut children’s picture book.

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