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Trinidad Noir

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The Caribbean provides no shelter from the delicious terror of the Akashic Noir Series.

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Read “Crab and Dumpling” by Lisa Allen-Agostini, part of Akashic’s Mondays Are Murder series, and read “Pot Luck” by Lisa-Allen Agostini, featured as part of Akashic’s celebration of Short Story Month 2013.

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: Robert Antoni, Elizabeth Nunez, Oonya Kempadoo, Lawrence Scott, Ramabai Espinet, Shani Mootoo, Kevin Baldeosingh, Vahni Capildeo, Willi Chen, Lisa Allen-Agostini, Rian Marie Extavour, Keith Jardim, Jaime Lee Loy, Darby Maloney, Reena Andrea Manickchand, Judith Theodore, Tiphanie Yanique, and elisha efua bartels.

From the introduction by Lisa Allen-Agostini & Jeanne Mason:

People think they know the Caribbean, the white-sandy-beaches-rum-and-Coca-Cola-smiling-natives-waving-palms Caribbean—you know the one. And sure, the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago has sun, sea, beaches, the whole tourist schtick. But this southernmost country in the Caribbean archipelago is filled with paradoxes. She isn’t always the idyllic tropical dream. Far from it. Sometimes she’s a nightmare.

In Trinidad Noir, you’ll trail the country’s criminals, her prostitutes, her officious bureaucrats, her police, her ordinary citizens. Expect to be intrigued. Expect to be entertained. But don’t expect to understand Trinidad . . . Set in the various parts of the country, these stories reflect the island in all her contradictions. As you turn the pages, you will experience a nation like no other. See for yourself, but bear in mind: there’s nothing a Trini won’t do for you, and there’s nothing a Trini won’t do to you.

Table of Contents


Part I: Country
“Pot Luck” by Lisa Allen-Agostini (Sans Souci)
“The Rape” by Kevin Baldeosingh (Couva)
“The Funeral Party” by Shani Mootoo (San Fernando)
“Dougla” by Reena Andrea Manickchand (Caroni Swamp)
“Nowarian Blues” by Ramabai Espinet (Santa Cruz)
“Betrayal” by Willi Chen (Godineau)
“Bury Your Mother” by Jaime Lee Loy (Palmiste)
“Standing on Thin Skin” by Oonya Kempadoo (Maracas)

Part II: Town
“Woman Is Boss” by elisha efua bartels (Diego Martin)
“Prophet” by Lawrence Scott (Maraval)
“How to Make Photocopies in the Trinidad & Tobago National Archives” by Robert Antoni (Uptown Port-of-Spain)
“The Best Laid Plans” by Darby Maloney (San Juan)
“The Jaguar” by Keith Jardim (Emperor Valley Zoo)
“Eric’s Turn” by Rian Marie Extavour (Tunapuna)
“Lucille” by Elizabeth Nunez (St. James)
“Peacock Blue” by Vahni Capildeo (Fort George)
“Dark Nights” by Judith Theodore (East Dry River)
“Gita Pinky Manachandi” by Tiphanie Yanique (Chaguaramas)

Book Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Published: 8/1/08
  • IBSN: 9781933354552
  • e-IBSN: 9781617750601


LISA ALLEN-AGOSTINI is a writer and editor from Trinidad & Tobago. In 2013 she was short listed for the Hollick Arvon Prize for emerging Caribbean writers. She is the author of the young adult novel The Chalice Project and is the founder of The Allen Prize for Young Writers, a Trinidad & Tobago non-profit that trains and gives prizes to writers aged 12-19. She is the coeditor of Trinidad Noir.

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JEANNE MASON is a freelance editor who also writes short stories and poetry and is the coeditor of Trinidad Noir. She has lived in Paris, France, where she edited medical articles for US and UK journals. She currently resides in Trinidad and Tobago.

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