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Tampa Bay Noir

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Tampa Bay joins Miami in representing the (alleged) Sunshine State in the Noir Series arena.

$16.95 $12.71

What people are saying…

Colette Bancroft’s story, “The Bite,” has received the 2021 Robert L. Fish Memorial Award, presented by the Mystery Writers of America!

“Wings Beating” by Eliot Schrefer has been selected for inclusion in Best American Mystery and Suspense 2021!

“Local Waters” by Luis Castillo is included in The Best American Mystery and Suspense 2021‘s Other Distinguished Mystery and Suspense of 2020!

A Tombolo Books Bestselling Book of 2021!

“At last, the popular Akashic Noir series has adopted the Tampa Bay area . . . The notion of elevating place to the status of a character in a story, a frequent topic in writers workshops, works to maximum effect. The descriptive forays are full of observations that can only be gleaned by living here.”
Tampa Bay Times

“Move over Miami, Tampa Bay proves it has a dark side too . . . This somber anthology spins tales of sinister family secrets, business deals gone bad and tragedy on the bay in short stories.”
Flamingo Magazine

“Anyone who lives in the Tampa Bay area knows there are stories of intrigue here, just waiting to be told.”
The Gabber

“A new collection of noir fiction features all sorts of miscreants finding their way through this part of Florida.”
Ocala Star Banner

“[A] lively collection of superior short stories.”
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

“These stories are so rich, detailed and engaging, that it’s hard to say one stands out over another. Each one offers its own dark seductive pleasure. And all embody what it’s like to live—and perhaps die—in Paradise.”
Florida Book Review

“[Tampa Bay Noir] has a contributor list that includes a handful of bestselling crime novelists, but more importantly, the stories are pretty excellent, too.”
Mystery Scene Magazine

“Akashic Books has long made a name for itself with an impressive string of award-winning original noir anthologies; thus, it is no surprise that its latest, Tampa Bay Noir, continues in that edgy, first-rate, compellingly dark tradition . . . All [stories] carry a punch and are worth reading. The collective impact rivals any full-length novel from the best of its many excellent authors for suspense and mystery.”
Southern Literary Review

Tampa Bay Noir is a strong addition to the Akashic Books noir short story collections. Its fifteen stories are largely atmospheric and dark, exactly what fans hope for when they pick up a new book in the series. Too, this one would be a great introduction to the books for those who are yet to discover them.”
Book Chase

“For too long readers have connected Florida Noir with the admittedly fascinating locales of Miami-Dade County, thanks to a slew of talented and popular writers no doubt, but there’s another major metropolitan area on the Gulf Coast that’s every bit Miami’s equal for bizarre noir. Tampa Bay gets a much-deserved turn in the spotlight with this new collection in the Akashic series, edited by Colette Bancroft and featuring some stellar contributions from writers out of the greater Tampa diaspora, including Michael Connelly, Tim Dorsey, Sarah Gerard, Ace Atkins, and Lori Roy.”
CrimeReads, One of the Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2020

“Books can transport us to faraway, exotic places we’ve never seen, but they can also show us new angles of familiar places we thought we knew. Places closer to home like Hyde Park, Tierra Verde, Davis Islands, Palma Ceia, Clearwater Beach, Pass-a-Grille, Indian Rocks Beach, Westshore, St. Petersburg’s 34th Street, Gibsonton, Lake Maggiore, Pinellas Park, Largo, Safety Harbor and Rattlesnake. Those are the local settings—yes, Rattlesnake is a real place!—for the 15 stories collected in Tampa Bay Noir, an anthology of new crime fiction due out in August.”
Creative Pinellas

“Being a local, it’s cool to read about locations and think, ‘I’ve been there.’ Tampa has enough sordid and colorful history to deserve another volume.”

“Every classic mystery-fiction theme is represented here—murder, fraud, love, sex, money—and, overall, the writing is top quality. Lovers of short crime fiction should eat this one up.”
Booklist Online

“Fifteen tales that reveal the dark side of sunny Tampa Bay.”
Kirkus Reviews


Akashic Books continues its award-winning series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each book comprises all new stories, each one set in a distinct location within the geographic area of the book.

Brand-new stories by: Michael Connelly, Lori Roy, Ace Atkins, Karen Brown, Tim Dorsey, Lisa Unger, Sterling Watson, Luis Castillo, Sarah Gerard, Danny López, Ladee Hubbard, Gale Massey, Yuly Restrepo Garcés, Eliot Schrefer, and Colette Bancroft.

From the introduction by Colette Bancroft:

Ask most people what the Tampa Bay area is famous for, and they might mention sparkling beaches and sleek urban centers and contented retirees strolling the golf courses year-round. But it’s always had a dark side. Just look at its signature event: a giant pirate parade.

Not only does Gasparilla honor the buccaneer traditions of theft, debauchery, and violence; its namesake pirate captain, José Gaspar, is a fake who probably never existed. And if there’s any variety of crime baked into Florida’s history, it’s fraud. From the indigenous residents who supposedly conned Spanish explorers seeking the Fountain of Youth through the rolling cycles of real estate scams that have shaped the Sunshine State for the last century or so, the place is a grifter’s native habitat.

Table of Contents


Part I: Suburb Sinister
“The Guardian” by Michael Connelly (Hyde Park)
“Chum in the Water” by Lori Roy (Tierra Verde)
“I Get the Same Old Feeling” by Karen Brown (Davis Islands)
“Triggerfish Lane” by Tim Dorsey (Palma Ceia)

Part II: Blood in the Water
“Only You” by Lisa Unger (Clearwater Beach)
“Extraordinary Things” by Sterling Watson (Pass-a-Grille)
“Local Waters” by Luis Castillo (Indian Rocks Beach)

Part III: Grifters’ Paradise
“Tall, Dark, and Handsome” by Ace Atkins (Westshore)
“The Midnight Preacher” by Sarah Gerard (34th Street)
“Jackknife” by Danny López (Gibsonton)

Part IV: Family Secrets
“It’s Not Locked Because It Don’t Lock” by Ladee Hubbard (Lake Maggiore)
“Marked” by Gale Massey (Pinellas Park)
“Pablo Escobar” by Yuly Restrepo Garcés (Largo)
“Wings Beating” by Eliot Schrefer (Safety Harbor)
“The Bite” by Colette Bancroft (Rattlesnake)

Listen to interviews with editor Colette Bancroft at WRBQ-FM (Tampa), Welcome to Florida, and A Florida Thing.

Listen to an interview with contributor Lisa Unger at WRBQ-FM (Tampa).

Watch interviews with editor Colette Bancroft and contributor Lisa Unger at Daytime (WFLA News Channel 8) and Tampa Bay’s Morning Blend (ABC Action News, WFTS Tampa Bay).

Read an interview with Colette Bancroft at the St. Pete Catalyst.

Read Colette Bancroft’s introduction to Tampa Bay Noir at CrimeReads.

Book Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Published: 8/4/20
  • IBSN: 9781617758102
  • e-IBSN: 9781617758126
  • Hardcover
  • IBSN: 9781617759512


COLETTE BANCROFT has been the book editor at the Tampa Bay Times since 2007. In addition to writing reviews and interviewing authors, she directs the annual Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading. She served two terms on the board of the National Book Critics Circle. Bancroft earned degrees in English from the University of South Florida and the University of Florida, and she wishes she had finished her dissertation on the novels of Raymond Chandler. She is the editor of Tampa Bay Noir.

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