Akashic Books: Noir

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Dallas Noir Summary

Featuring brand-new stories by: Kathleen Kent, Ben Fountain, James Hime, Harry Hunsicker, Matt Bondurant, Merritt Tierce, Daniel J. Hale, Emma Rathbone, Jonathan Woods, Oscar C. Pea, Clay Reynolds, Lauren Davis, Fran Hillyer, Catherine Cuellar, David Haynes, and J. Suzanne Frank.

From the introduction by David Hale Smith: My favorite line in my favorite song about Dallas goes like this: Dallas is a rich man with a death wish in his eyes / A steel and concrete soul in a warm heart and love disguise... The narrator of Jimmie Dale Gilmore's perfect tune "Dallas" is coming to town as a broke dreamer with the bright lights of the big city on his mind. He's just seen the Dallas cityscape through the window of his seat on a DC-9 at night. Is he just beginning his quest? Or is he on his way home, flying out of Love Field, reminiscing after seeing the woman who stepped on him when he was down? In a country with so many interesting cities, Dallas is often overlooked except on November 22 every year. The heartbreaking anniversary keeps coming back around in a nightmare loop, for all of us. On that day in 1963, Dallas became American noir. A permanent black scar on its history that will never be erased, no matter how many happy business stories and hit television shows arise from here. In a stark ongoing counterweight to the JFK tragedy are those two iterations of the TV show. Dallas is not a TV show. It's a real city... For the past 40 years, my capacity to be surprised by it has not diminished one bit. I hope the stories in this collection will surprise you too.

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    • Dallas Noir

    • By: David Hale Smith
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Jennifer Van Dyck, John McLain, and others
    • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
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    My favorite line in my favorite song about Dallas goes like this: Dallas is a rich man with a death wish in his eyes / A steel and concrete soul in a warm heart and love disguise... The narrator of Jimmie Dale Gilmore's perfect tune Dallas" is coming to town as a broke dreamer with the bright lights of the big city on his mind. He's just seen the Dallas cityscape through the window of his seat on a DC-9 at night. Is he just beginning his quest?

    Regular price: £19.39

    • Kansas City Noir

    • By: Steve Paul
    • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang, Kevin T. Collins, John McLain, and others
    • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
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    Brand-new stories by: Daniel Woodrell, Matthew Eck, Catherine Browder, Nancy Pickard, John Lutz, J. Malcolm Garcia, Kevin Prufer, Linda Rodriguez, Nadia Pflaum, Phong Nguyen, Andres Rodriguez, and others. Kansas City: where East and West collide, where naked ambition meets broken dreams, where blues and the night go together like rye whiskey, vermouth, and bitters. Yes, Kansas City is a surprising place of grit, gore, and betrayal, at least in the imaginations of our diverse lineup of contributors.

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    • St. Petersburg Noir

    • By: Natalia Smirnova, Julia Goumen
    • Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck, Christian Rummel, Ken Kliban, and others
    • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
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    When you think of St. Petersburg noir, some of the greatest literary names immediately spring to mind - Alexander Pushkin, Nikolay Gogol, and Fyodor Dostoevsky. Modern day St. Petersburg lavishly offers the scenery and conditions for true noir stories, and the writers in St. Petersburg Noir succeed in concocting their own worlds within this city with stories ranging from mystical to outwardly grotesque.

    Regular price: £23.49

    • Mumbai Noir

    • By: Altaf Tyrewala
    • Narrated by: Manish Dongardive, Vikas Adam, Farah Bala, and others
    • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
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    Bombay's communal riots of 1992 - in which Hindus were alleged to be the primary perpetrators - were followed by retaliatory bomb blasts in 1993, masterminded by the Muslim-dominated underworld. Over a thousand citizens lost their lives in these internecine bouts of violence and thousands more became refugees in their own city. In a matter of months, Bombay ceased to be the cosmopolitan, wholesome, and middle-class bastion it had been for decades.

    Regular price: £23.49

    • Indian Country Noir

    • By: Sarah Cortez (editor), Liz Martínez (editor)
    • Narrated by: Christian Rummel, Victor Bevine, Scott Aiello, and others
    • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
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    Step into Indian Country. Enter the dark welter of troubled history throughout the Americas, where the heritage of violence meets the ferocity of intent. Features brand-new stories by: Mistina Bates, Jean Rae Baxter, Lawrence Block, Joseph Bruchac, David Cole, Reed Farrel Coleman, O'Neil De Noux, A.A. Hedge Coke, Gerard Houarner, Liz Martnez, R. Narvaez, Kimberly Roppolo, Leonard Schonberg, and Melissa Yi.

    Regular price: £23.49

    • Manhattan Noir

    • By: Lawrence Block (editor)
    • Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck, Vikas Adam, Scott Aiello, and others
    • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
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    "Readers of Brooklyn Noir will recall that its contents were labeled by neighborhood - Bay Ridge, Canarsie, Greenpoint, etc. We have chosen the same principle here, and the book's contents do a good job of covering the island, from C.J. Sullivan's Inwood and Charles Ardai's Upper East Side, to Justin Scott's Chelsea and Carol Lea Benjamin's Greenwich Village."

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    • Dublin Noir

    • The Celtic Tiger vs. The Ugly American
    • By: Ken Bruen (editor)
    • Narrated by: John Lee, Bronson Pinchot
    • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
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    Irish crime-fiction sensation Ken Bruen and cohorts shine a light on the dark streets of Dublin. Dublin Noir features an awe-inspiring cast of writers who between them have won all major mystery and crime-fiction awards. This collection introduces secret corners of a fascinating city and surprise assaults on the "Celtic Tiger" of modern Irish prosperity.

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    • Havana Noir

    • By: Achy Obejas
    • Narrated by: Vikas Adam, Adriana Sananes, Scott Brick, and others
    • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
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    In the stories of Havana Noir, current and former residents of the city - some international sensations such as Leonardo Padura, others exciting new voices like Yohamna Despestre - uncover crimes of violence and loveless sex, of mental cruelty and greed, of self-preservation and collective hysteria.

    Regular price: £24.19

    • Delhi Noir

    • By: Hirsh Sawhney (editor)
    • Narrated by: Anjali Wason, Neil Shah, Sanjiv Jhaveri, and others
    • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
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    The eyes of the world are gazing at India - the world's largest democracy. But the books you read about this Asian giant only show part of the picture. Delhi Noir offers bone-chilling, mesmerizing takes on the country's chaotic capital, a city where opulence and poverty are constantly clashing, where old-world values and the information age wage a constant battle. Delhi Noir's 15 original stories are written by the best Indian writers alive today - the ones you haven't yet heard of but should have.

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    • Twin Cities Noir

    • The Expanded Edition
    • By: Julie Schaper, Steven Horwitz
    • Narrated by: Christian Rummel, Bronson Pinchot, Jennifer Van Dyck, and others
    • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
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    Brand-new stories from David Housewright, Steve Thayer, Judith Guest, Mary Logue, Bruce Rubenstein, K.J. Erickson, William Kent Krueger, Ellen Hart, Brad Zellar, Mary Sharratt, Pete Hautman, Larry Millett, Quinton Skinner, Gary Bush, and Chris Everheart.

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    • Prison Noir

    • By: Joyce Carol Oates (editor)
    • Narrated by: Mark Boyett, David Marantz, Joe Barrett, and others
    • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
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    This anthology, with stories set in different prisons across the US, presents an absolutely new perspective on prison literature. Featuring brand-new stories by: Christopher M. Stephen, Sin Soracco, Scott Gutches, Eric Boyd, Ali F. Sareini, Stephen Geez, B.M. Dolarman, Zeke Caligiuri, Marco Verdoni, Kenneth R. Brydon, Linda Michelle Marquardt, Andre White, Timothy Pauley, Bryan K. Palmer, and William Van Poyck.

    Regular price: £23.49

    • New Orleans Noir

    • By: Julie Smith
    • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson, Vikas Adam, Kevin T. Collins, and others
    • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
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    Beneath the glitter of Mardi Gras lies the sleaze of Bourbon Street; under the celestial sounds of JazzFest, the nightmare screams of a city once at war within its neighborhoods, but after Hurricane Katrina, seemingly at war with nature and the rest of the country as well. New Orleans is a third world country in itself, a Latin, African, European (and often amoral) culture trapped in a Puritan nation.

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    • Philadelphia Noir

    • By: Carlin Romano
    • Narrated by: Karen White, Andy Caploe, William Dufris, and others
    • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
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    From the introduction to Philadelphia Noir: "America's first great city, first capital, and first industrial metropolis contained from the beginning the mix of poor workers and elite culture, of ethnic enclaves and religious intolerance, of easy skullduggery and flesh-pot possibilities, that led Lincoln Steffens in 1903 to famously rule it 'corrupt and contented'."

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    • Portland Noir

    • By: Kevin Sampsell
    • Narrated by: Christian Rummel, Allyson Johnson, John McLain, and others
    • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
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    In a city full of police controversies, hippie artist punk houses, and overzealous liberals, Portland, Oregon, is a place where even its fiction blurs with its bizarre realities. Brand-new stories by: Gigi Little, Justin Hocking, Christopher Bolton, Jess Walter, Monica Drake, Jamie S. Rich (illustrated by Joelle Jones), Dan DeWeese, Zoe Trope, Luciana Lopez, Karen Karbo, Bill Cameron, Ariel Gore, Floyd Skloot, Megan Kruse, Kimberly Warner-Cohen, and Jonathan Selwood.

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    • Belfast Noir

    • By: Adrian McKinty (editor), Stuart Neville (editor)
    • Narrated by: Stephen Bel Davies, Gerard Doyle, John Keating, and others
    • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
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    Reflecting a city still divided, Belfast Noir serves as a record of a city transitioning to normalcy, or perhaps as a warning that underneath the fragile peace darker forces still lurk. Featuring brand-new stories by: Glenn Patterson, Eoin McNamee, Garbhan Downey, Lee Child, Alex Barclay, Brian McGilloway, Ian McDonald, Arlene Hunt, Ruth Dudley Edwards, Claire McGowan, Steve Cavanagh, Lucy Caldwell, Sam Millar, and Gerard Brennan.

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    • Cape Cod Noir

    • By: David L. Ulin
    • Narrated by: Victor Bevine, Joe Barrett, Nick Sullivan, and others
    • Length: 7 hrs
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    From the introduction by David L. Ulin: "For me, Cape Cod is a repository of memory: forty summers in the same house will do that to you. But it is also a landscape of hidden tensions, which rise up when we least anticipate. In part, this has to do with social aspiration, which is one of the things that brought my family, like many others, to the Cape. In part, it has to do with social division, which has been a factor since at least the end of the nineteenth century, when then summer trade began."

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    • Public Transportation

    • By: Lee Child
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 13 mins
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    "Public Transportation" is a short story from the collection Phoenix Noir. 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.Patrick Millikin is a bookseller at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale.

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    • Phoenix Noir

    • By: Patrick Millikin (editor)
    • Narrated by: Victor Bevine, Bronson Pinchot, Vikas Adam, and others
    • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
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    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.

    Regular price: £24.19

    • San Francisco Noir

    • By: Peter Maravelis
    • Narrated by: Victor Bevine, Elizabeth Evans, Jeff Brick, and others
    • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
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    San Francisco Noir lashes out with hard-biting tales exploring the shadowy nether regions of scenic "Baghdad by the Bay". In this superb collection, virtuosos of the genre meet up with the best of SF’s literary fiction community to chart a unique psycho-geography for a dark landscape. From inner city boroughs to the outlands, each contributor offers an original story based in a distinct neighborhood.

    Regular price: £23.49

    • Manila Noir

    • By: Jessica Hagedorn
    • Narrated by: Tez Bois, Ramon De Ocampo
    • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
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    Manila provides the ideal, torrid setting for an Akashic Noir series volume. It's where the rich rub shoulders with the poor, where five-star hotels coexist with informal settlements, where religious zeal coexists with superstition, and where politics is often synonymous with celebrity and corruption.

    Regular price: £19.39

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