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The Cocaine Chronicles

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The best fiction anthology of cocaine-themed tales to blow through in years, featuring all-new stories from Susan Straight, Lee Child, Jerry Stahl, Ken Bruen, Laura Lippman, Bill Moody, Nina Revoyr, and many more.

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What people are saying…

“The best stories in The Cocaine Chronicles . . . are equal to the best fiction being written today.”
New York Journal of Books

“The perfect stocking stuffer for your uncle in AA.”
New York Observer

“While The Cocaine Chronicles is a hard, honest, uncompromising read and might not be for the faint of heart, the stories it tells all have to do with a drug that’s been around for a while and is not going anywhere. Also, some stories offer a bit of hope, which shine through as invitations to never give up.”
Austin Post

The Cocaine Chronicles is a pure, jangled hit of urban, gritty, and raw noir. Caution: These stories are addicting.”
—Harlan Coben, award-winning author of Just One Look


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A selection of the Akashic Drug Chronicles Series.

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Nothing to snort at, this ambitious anthology of jaw-grinding criminal behavior is masterfully curated by acclaimed authors Phillips and Tervalon. Cocaine, that most troubling and fascinating of substances is the subject, the subtext, the whys and whereofs in The Cocaine Chronicles, a collection of original short stories that are funny and harrowing, sad and scary, but at all times riveting. The Cocaine Chronicles contains tough tales by a cross-section of today’s most thought-provoking writers.

Stories by Susan Straight, Lee Child, Ken Bruen, Laura Lippman, Nina Revoyr, Jerry Stahl, Bill Moody, Emory Holmes II, James Brown, Gary Phillips, Jervey Tervalon, Kerry E. West, Donnell Alexander, Deborah Vankin, Robert Ward, Manuel Ramos, and Detrice Jones.

Table of Contents


Part I: Touched By Death
“Ten Keys” by Lee Child
“The Crack Cocaine Diet” by Laura Lippman
“White Irish” by Ken Bruen
“Beneficent Diversions from the Crackdkins Diet” by Donnell Alexander

Part II: Fiending
“Poinciana” by Susan Straight
“The Screenwriter” by James Brown
“Twilight of the Stooges” by Jerry Stahl
“Chemistry” by Robert Ward

Part III: The Corruption
“Shame” by Kerry E. West
“Viki, Flash, and the Pied-Piper of Shoebies” by Deborah Vankin
“Golden Pacific” by Nina Revoyr
“Sentimental Value” by Manuel Ramos
“Just Surviving Another Day” by Detrice Jones

Part IV: Gangsters & Monsters
“A.K.A. Moises Rockafella” by Emory Holmes II
“Camaro Blue” by Bill Moody
“Serving Monster” by Jervey Tervalon
“Disco Zombies” by Gary Phillips


Book Details

  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Published: 11/29/11
  • IBSN: 9781617750298
  • e-IBSN: 9781453259399


GARY PHILLIPS has published novels, comics, and short stories, and edited numerous anthologies. Violent Spring, first published in 1994, was named one of the essential crime novels of Los Angeles. Culprits, a linked anthology he coedited, has been optioned as a British miniseries, and he was a staff writer on FX’s Snowfall about crack and the CIA in 1980s South Central, where he grew up. He is the editor of Orange County Noir, and the coeditor of The Cocaine Chronicles. He has contributed stories to Dublin Noir, Los Angeles Noir, Phoenix Noir, and The Heroin Chronicles. South Central Noir is his latest anthology.

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JERVEY TERVALON is the author of All the Trouble You Need, Understand This (winner of the 1994 New Voices Award from the Quality Paperback Book Club), and the acclaimed Los Angeles Times best-seller Dead Above Ground. He is the coeditor of The Cocaine Chronicles. In 2001, he received the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles National Literacy Award for Excellence in Multicultural Literature. He is also an award-winning poet, screenwriter, and dramatist. Currently, he’s the writer-in-residence at Pitzer College and is a California Arts Council Fellow. Jervey was born in New Orleans, raised in Los Angeles, and now lives in Altadena, California with his wife and two daughters.

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