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Miami Noir

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Revealed: the dark and delicious side of Paradise.

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What people are saying…

“For different reasons these stories cultivate a little something special, a radiance, a humanity, even a grace, in the midst of the noir gloom, and thereby set themselves apart. Variety, familiarity, mood and tone, and the occasional gem of a story make Miami Noir a collection to savor.”
Miami Herald

“For such a sun-stoked place. Miami sure is shady. Shadowy, too. Even at highest noon. Maybe it’s the heat. Maybe it’s the humidity. And maybe, just maybe, it’s our destiny . . . With echoes of Charles Willeford’s Hoke Mosely series, the Miami books of Elmore Leonard, the quirk of Carl Hiaasen, who never met a shady character he didn’t wanna write, and Edna Buchanan, who seems to know all the shadows, this batch of dirty deep South Florida fiction might just send you packing . . . your own heat.”
Sun Post

“Sixteen new, diverse and highly enter­taining mystery stories pack Akashic’s latest city-by-city tour of modern noir . . . This vol­ume is as solid as the coral rock lying beneath the Miami streets.”
Publishers Weekly

“This well-chosen short story collection isn’t just a thoughtful compilation of work by some of South Florida’s best and upcoming writers. Each Miami Noir story also is a window on a different part or Miami-Dade and its melting pot of cultures.”
Sun Sentinel

“Murder is nothing new in Miami—or any other big city, for that matter. But seldom has it been so entertaining as it is in the 16 short stories Included in Miami Noir.”
Palm Beach Daily News


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: James W. Hall, Barbara Parker, John Dufresne, Paul Levine, Carolina Garcia-Aguilera, Tom Corcoran, Christine Kling, George Tucker, Kevin Allen, Anthony Dale Gagliano, David Beaty, Vicki Hendricks, John Bond, Preston L. Allen, Lynne Barrett, Jeffrey Wehr.

From the introduction by Les Standiford:

The truth is that Miami, though naturally lovely, is a frontier town, perched on the border between the known and the rarely before experienced. The poet Richard Hugo once said that the natural place for the writer was on the edge, and ‘edge’ might well be the definitive word when it comes to this city . . . We are not only on the edge of the continent, we are to this country what New York was in Ellis Island’s heyday, what the West Coast was in the middle of the twentieth century. This is where the new arrivals debark these days, and it is no mistake that during the last decade of the last century, commentators as diverse as Joan Didion, David Rieff, and T.D. Allman devoted entire volumes to Miami’s role as the harbinger for America’s future . . . But for now, the novel of crime and punishment is the perfect vehicle to convey the spirit and the timbre of this brawling place to a wider world.

Table of Contents


Part I: Edge of the Country
“Ride Along” by James W. Hall (Coconut Grove)
“Dead Storage” by Christine Kling (County Line)
“Silence of the Stone Age” by George Tucker (North Miami)
“Sawyers” by Kevin Allen (Perrine)

Part II: Wind, Water, And Grime
“Blown Away” by Anthony Dale Gagliano (Homestead)
“One Man’s Ceiling” by Tom Corcoran (Card Sound)
“Solomon & Lord Drop Anchor” by Paul Levine (Florida Straits)
“The Last of Lord Jitters” by David Beaty (South Miami)

Part III: Vices of Miami
“The Timing of Unfelt Smiles” by John Dufresne (Sunny Isles)
“Boozanne, Lemme Be” by Vicki Hendricks (Miami Beach)
“The Recipe” by Carolina Garcia-Aguilera (Downtown)
“T-bird” by John Bond (Miami River)

Part IV: Chasing The City
“Swap Out” by Preston Allen (Miami-Dade Correctional Center)
“The Noir Boudoir” by Lynne Barrett (Upper Eastside)
“Machete” by Barbara Parker (Biscayne Bay)
“The Swimmers” by Jeffrey Wehr (South Beach)


Book Details

  • Paperback: 355 pages
  • Published: 11/1/06
  • IBSN: 9781933354132
  • e-IBSN: 9781936070381


LES STANDIFORD, who edited 2006’s Miami Noir, is the author of twenty-four books and novels, including the award-winning John Deal thriller series and the works of narrative nonfiction Last Train to Paradise, the One Read choice of a dozen public library systems, and Bringing Adam Home, a Wall Street Journal number one true crime best seller. He is director of the MFA program in creative writing at Florida International University in Miami. His latest work is Miami Noir: The Classics.

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