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Phoenix Noir

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Lee Child, Diana Gabaldon, James Sallis, and others reveal how, in Phoenix, sunshine is the new noir.

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What people are saying…

Gary Phillips was nominated for the Shamus Award for Best Short Story for “Blazin’ on Broadway” from Phoenix Noir.

“Amapola” by Luis Alberto Urrea (from Phoenix Noir) won an Edgar Award and was nominated for an Anthony award and a Macavity award.

“Patrick Millikin . . . as if to prove his witty claim that ‘sunshine is the new noir,’ offers one superb specimen, ‘Whiteout on Van Buren,’ in which [author] Don Winslow makes skillful use of a city street at high noon to provide the perfect metaphor for life and death.”
New York Times Crime Fiction Column


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: Diana Gabaldon, Lee Child, James Sallis, Luis Alberto Urrea, Jon Talton, Megan Abbott, Charles Kelly, Robert Anglen, Patrick Millikin, Laura Tohe, Kurt Reichenbaugh, Gary Phillips, David Corbett, Don Winslow, Dogo Barry Graham, and Stella Pope Duarte.

From the introduction by Patrick Millikin:

Early boosters promoted Phoenix as a desert paradise, a lush resort town where health-seekers could enjoy the benefits of clean dry air and warm winter weather . . . Yet from the very beginning, Phoenix has always had a darker side. It is a city founded upon shady development deals, good ol’ boy politics, police corruption, organized crime, and exploitation of natural resources. Close proximity to the Mexican border makes the city a natural destination spot for illegal trafficking of all kinds—narcotics, weapons, humans . . .

Modern-day Phoenix is a textbook case of suburban sprawl gone unchecked. Endless cookie-cutter housing developments, slapped up on the cheap, metastasize outward into the desert, soaking up energy and water that we don’t really have. All of that concrete and asphalt traps the heat, raising temperatures to apocalyptic extremes . . .

The stories in this collection represent our city in all of its contradictory glory, the good and the bad, urban blight and stark natural beauty, everything jumbled together and served up smokin’ hot, just the way we like it.

Table of Contents


Part I: The Big Heat
“Bull” by Jon Talton (Downtown)
“The Eighth Deadly Sin” by Charles Kelly (Hassayampa Valley)
“Dirty Scottsdale” by Diana Gabaldon (Desert Botanical Garden)
“Growing Back” by Robert Anglen (Apache Junction)

Part II: Where the Sidewalk Ends
“Amapola” by Luis Alberto Urrea (Paradise Valley)
“Public Transportation” by Lee Child (Chandler)
“Devil Doll” by Patrick Milliken (Tovrea Castle)
“Tom Snag” by Laura Tohe (Indian School Road)

Part III: A Town Without Pity
“Others of My Kind” by James Sallis (Glendale)
“Valerie” by Kurt Reichenbaugh (Grand Avenue)
“Blazin’ on Broadway” by Gary Phillips (South Phoenix)
“It’s Like a Whisper” by Megan Abbott (Scottsdale)

Part IV: The Cry of the City
“Dead by Christmas” by David Corbett (Tempe)
“Whiteout on Van Buren” by Don Winslow (Van Buren Strip)
“By the Time He Got to Phoenix” by Dogo Barry Graham (Christown)
“Confession” by Stella Pope Duarte (Harmon Park)


Book Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Published: 11/1/09
  • IBSN: 9781933354859
  • e-IBSN: 9781936070411


PATRICK MILLIKIN is a bookseller at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale. As a freelance writer, his articles, interviews, and reviews have appeared in Publishers Weekly, Firsts Magazine, Paradoxa, Yourflesh Quarterly, and other publications. He is the editor of Phoenix Noir. Millikin currently lives in central Phoenix.

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