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Portland Noir (Akashic Noir)

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Staff Pick

There are a million stories in the naked city. Portland Noir collects 16 of them. The contributor list is amazing: Karen Karbo, Monica Drake, Floyd Skloot, and more. Editor Kevin Sampsell does a great job of setting the stage for the wealth of narrative that follows.
Recommended by Beth, Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Explore the dark, rainy underbelly of one of America's most beautiful but enigmatic cities.

Brand-new stories by: Gigi Little, Justin Hocking, Chris A. 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.

From the downtown streets littered with strip clubs and gutter punks to the north side where gentrification and old school hip-hop collide, Portland, Oregon, is a place that seems straight out of a David Lynch movie. It's a city full of police controversies, hippie artist houses, and overzealous liberals, where even its fiction blurs with its bizarre realities.

Portland Noir is an encompassing literary journey where your tour guides take you to the Shanghai Tunnels, dog parks, dive bars, sex shops, Powell's Books, Voodoo Doughnuts, suspiciously quiet neighborhoods, the pseudo-glitzy Pearl District, Oaks Amusement Park, and a strip club shaped like a jug. Violent crime, petty mischief, and personal tragedy run through these mysterious tales that careen through this cloudy, wet city.

Portland Noir is sure to both charm and frighten readers familiar with this northwest hub and intrigue those who have never traveled to this proudly weird city.

Review:

"The home of Chuck Palahniuk, Powell's City of Books — and the place with more strip clubs per capita than any other city in America — gets its due in this splendid entry in Akashic's noir series. Portland natives will appreciate shout-outs to lesser-known landmarks, like the weekly showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Clinton Street Theater in Ariel Gore's 'Water Under the Bridge,' while outsiders may recognize some of the city's more famous draws, like the Shanghai Tunnels in Gigi Little's 'Shanghaied.' Standouts include Floyd Skloot's eerily poignant 'Alzheimer's Noir'; Jonathan Selwood's 'The Wrong House,' about a drug deal that goes horribly awry; and Bill Cameron's 'Coffee, Black,' which features not only his series regular, retired detective Thomas 'Skin' Kadash, but also one of the city's most prized commodities: coffee. The 16 stories in this anthology demonstrate that a little rain is never a deterrent to murder. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Portland Noir peels back that feel-good, progressive veneer the city is so proud of to reveal a downbeat, often tragic underbelly unknown to those who live above it." Portland Oregonian

Review:

"Portland [Oregon] is known to the world, inasmuch as it is known, as a place where bicycles roam free, urban designers plot bioswales, and gourmet beer flows. Thank God it's not really like that. Those who live here — the talented authors in this collection, for example — understand that a death spirit presides over the land. We glimpse it in Floyd Skloot's poignant Alzheimer's gothic and Jess Walters' devilish tale of a newspaperman's revenge, in the narcotized ennui of Dan DeWeese's workaday narrator, and the petty, practical criminality depicted by Jamie S. Rich and Joelle Jones. Taken together, the voices of Portland Noir describe a city — unlike the one seen so often in the New York Times food section — of hard luck and emotional vice. Which is to say, a city you might actually want to live in." Jon Raymond, author of Livability

Synopsis:

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, Chris A. 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.

Synopsis:

Explore the dark, rainy underbelly of one of America's most beautiful but enigmatic cities.

About the Author

Kevin Sampsell is a bookstore employee and writer. He is the author of a short story collection, Creamy Bullets (Chiasmus Press), and the upcoming memoir A Common Pornography (HarperPerennial, January 2010). He is also the editor of The Insomniac Reader (Manic D Press) and the publisher of the micropress Future Tense Books.

Series Description

Launched by the summer '04 award-winning bestseller Brooklyn Noir, Akashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies. Each book is comprised of all-new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city.

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Andrea Stone-French, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by Andrea Stone-French)
I loved this book! All the stories are fantastic and it's especially cool to know the places and people the authors are writing about.
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james holmes, May 19, 2009 (view all comments by james holmes)
I think petty crime and violent mischief would be a better description for Portland.
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Nancy Nagel, May 10, 2009 (view all comments by Nancy Nagel)

Readers who know Portland will enjoy the numerous short stories that mention various city haunts. From Oaks Bottom to the Pearl District to Powell's City of Books, the stories by eighteen different authors go from the seedy underbelly to the trendy locations within the city. Those who don't know Portland may want to visit the city we like to keep weird.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781933354798
Author:
Sampsell, Kevin
Publisher:
Akashic Books
Author:
Trope, Zoe
Author:
Gore, Ariel
Author:
Karbo, Karen
Author:
Bolton, Chris A.
Author:
Hocking, Justin
Author:
Skloot, Floyd
Author:
Drake, Monica
Author:
Little, Gigi
Author:
Walter, Jess
Author:
Selwood, Jonathan
Author:
Rich, Jamie S.
Artist:
Jones, Joelle
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Detective and mystery stories, American
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Akashic Noir
Publication Date:
June 2009
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
300
Dimensions:
8.4 x 5.3 x 0.9 in 10 oz

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Product details 300 pages Akashic Books - English 9781933354798 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

There are a million stories in the naked city. Portland Noir collects 16 of them. The contributor list is amazing: Karen Karbo, Monica Drake, Floyd Skloot, and more. Editor Kevin Sampsell does a great job of setting the stage for the wealth of narrative that follows.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The home of Chuck Palahniuk, Powell's City of Books — and the place with more strip clubs per capita than any other city in America — gets its due in this splendid entry in Akashic's noir series. Portland natives will appreciate shout-outs to lesser-known landmarks, like the weekly showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Clinton Street Theater in Ariel Gore's 'Water Under the Bridge,' while outsiders may recognize some of the city's more famous draws, like the Shanghai Tunnels in Gigi Little's 'Shanghaied.' Standouts include Floyd Skloot's eerily poignant 'Alzheimer's Noir'; Jonathan Selwood's 'The Wrong House,' about a drug deal that goes horribly awry; and Bill Cameron's 'Coffee, Black,' which features not only his series regular, retired detective Thomas 'Skin' Kadash, but also one of the city's most prized commodities: coffee. The 16 stories in this anthology demonstrate that a little rain is never a deterrent to murder. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Portland Noir peels back that feel-good, progressive veneer the city is so proud of to reveal a downbeat, often tragic underbelly unknown to those who live above it."
"Review" by , "Portland [Oregon] is known to the world, inasmuch as it is known, as a place where bicycles roam free, urban designers plot bioswales, and gourmet beer flows. Thank God it's not really like that. Those who live here — the talented authors in this collection, for example — understand that a death spirit presides over the land. We glimpse it in Floyd Skloot's poignant Alzheimer's gothic and Jess Walters' devilish tale of a newspaperman's revenge, in the narcotized ennui of Dan DeWeese's workaday narrator, and the petty, practical criminality depicted by Jamie S. Rich and Joelle Jones. Taken together, the voices of Portland Noir describe a city — unlike the one seen so often in the New York Times food section — of hard luck and emotional vice. Which is to say, a city you might actually want to live in."
"Synopsis" by , 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, Chris A. 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.

"Synopsis" by ,
Explore the dark, rainy underbelly of one of America's most beautiful but enigmatic cities.
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