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Cleveland Noir

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Cleveland Noir joins Columbus Noir as the Akashic Noir Series continues its tour of Ohio, and navigates the dregs of the North Shore

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Now available for preorder. All preorders will ship on or before August 1, 2023.

From the editors’ introduction:

“Cleveland is a working-class town, though its great institutions were founded by twentieth-century robber barons and magnates . . .  It’s this mix of the wealthy and the working class that makes this city—an urban center of brick and girders surrounded by verdant suburbs—a perfect backdrop for lawlessness. Cleveland has certainly seen its share of high-profile crime. Eliot Ness, Cleveland’s director of public safety in the 1930s, hunted unsuccessfully for the ‘torso murderer’ who killed and dismembered twelve people in Kingsbury Run, the area now known as the Flats, then populated by bars, brothels, flophouses, and gambling dens. The famous disappearance of Beverly Potts in the early 1950s on Cleveland’s west side made national headlines. The sensational murder of Marilyn Sheppard in Bay Village and the imprisonment and eventual acquittal of her husband, the surgeon Sam Sheppard, became the basis for a popular television drama The Fugitive . . .

“The noir stories in this volume hit all these same notes, and their geographies reflect the history of the city and its politics, its laws, poverty, alienation, racism, crime, and violence.

Featuring brand-new stories from: Jill Bialosky, Thrity Umrigar, Michael Ruhlman, Daniel Stashower, D.M. Pulley, J.D. Belcher, Alex DiFrancesco, Miesha Wilson Headen, Abby L. Vandiver, Sam Conrad, Angela Crook, Susan Petrone, Paula McLain, Dana McSwain, and Mary Grimm.

Table of Contents

“Love Always” by Paula Mclain (Settler’s Landing)
“The Silent Partner” by Susan Petrone (Downtown)
“Under the Hill” by Mary Grimm (The Flats)
“Bus Stop” by Dana McSwain( Little Italy)

“Sugar Daddy” by Abby L. Vandiver (East Cleveland)
“Jock Talk” by Sam Conrad (Parma)
“Bitter” by Angela Crook (Hough)

“Tremonster” by D.M. Pulley (Tremont)
“The Book of Numbers” by Miesha Wilson Headen (Fairfax)
“The House on Fir Avenue” by Alex DiFrancesco (Gordon Square)
“The Laderman Affair” by J.D. Belcher (Lakewood)

“Mock Heart” by Jill Bialosky (Shaker Heights)
“The Fallen” by Thrity Umrigar (Cleveland Heights)
“The Ultimate Cure” by Michael Ruhlman (Shaker Square)
“Lenny, But Not Corky” by Daniel Stashower (Coventry)

Book Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Published: 8/1/23
  • IBSN: 9781636140995
  • e-IBSN: 9781636141022


Miesha Wilson Headen is the winner of a Best Minority Issues Reporting Award from the Greater Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists, a BINC Carla Gray Memorial Scholarship for Emerging Bookseller-Activists, and an Informed Communities grant from the Cleveland Foundation. She is the former mayor of Richmond Heights, OH, where she lives with her husband and two sons. She graduated from Columbia University and Ursuline College. She is also a preacher’s kid. Her latest work is as an editor of Cleveland Noir.

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Michael Ruhlman has written or coauthored more than twenty-five books of nonfiction, fiction, memoir, and cookbooks, including Boys Themselves and Walk on Water, both set in Cleveland. A native of Shaker Heights, he lives in Providence, RI, and New York City with his wife, the writer Ann Hood. His latest work is as an editor of Cleveland Noir.

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