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Kansas City Noir (Akashic Noir)by Steve Paul
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"Light Bulb" by Nancy Pickard was selected for inclusion in The Best American Mystery Stories 2013, edited by Otto Penzler and Lisa Scottoline
"Kansas City, famous for its jazz, its barbecue, and its shady history, provides the venue for this solid addition to Akashic's acclaimed noir anthology series."
"Hard-used heroes and heroines seem to live a lifetime in the stories...Each one seems almost novelistic in scope. Half novels-in-waiting, half journalistic anecdotes that are equally likely to appeal to Kansas City boosters and strangers."
Travel has many unexpected benefits, so even if youve never had a reason to visit the city itself, youll find Kansas City Noir surprisingly well worth the price of the ticket.”
"Picture steam rising from a sewer grate on a rain-slicked street. The sound of footsteps comes closer and closer behind you as you walk down a dark, downtown Kansas City alley. If this scenario entices you, then you just might enjoy Kansas City Noir."
--Kansas City Public Television
"What we heard was REALLY GOOD. So good in fact that we picked up a copy. Now we're... getting ready to read it in one sitting."
--Tony's Kansas City
Brand-new stories from: J. Malcolm Garcia, Grace Suh, Daniel Woodrell, Kevin Prufer, Matthew Eck, Philip Stephens, Catherine Browder, John Lutz, Nancy Pickard, Linda Rodriguez, Andrés Rodríguez, Mitch Brian, Nadia Pflaum, and Phong Nguyen.
Steve Paul has been a writer and editor at the The Kansas City Star since 1975. Currently the arts editor, he writes about music, books, architecture, food, and, occasionally, murder. He's the author of Architecture A to Z: An Elemental, Alphabetical Guide to Kansas City's Built Environment. A former bookseller and a native of Boston, he has served as a board member and officer of the National Book Critics Circle.
"Kansas City, famous for its jazz, its barbecue, and its shady history, provides the venue for this solid addition to Akashic's acclaimed noir anthology series. Strong entries from some well-known names include John Lutz's 'Thelma and Laverne,' a play on the Thelma and Louise saga that offers both chills and laughs; Nancy Pickard's 'Lightbulb,' in which a guilt-stricken elderly woman, who failed as a girl to make more of an effort to report a child molester back in the '50s, finally takes action years later; and Daniel Woodrell's 'Come Murder Me Next, Babe,' which captures a marriage with one line: 'She was eighteen, said she was twenty, and had every appetite, none of which he could satisfy.' Also notable are Kevin Prufer's 'Cat in a Box,' about a cop nearing the end of the line who tries to crack a serial murder case any way he can, and Mitch Brian's 'Last Night at the Rialto,' in which bittersweet memories haunt the elderly projectionist of an old movie theater that the owner has decided to close down." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Steve Paul recruits Daniel Woodrell, John Lutz, and others to examine the seedy underbelly of this complex Midwestern city.
About the Author
Steve Paul: Steve Paul has been a writer and editor at The Kansas City Star since 1975. Currently the arts editor, he writes about music, books, architecture, food and, occasionally, murder. He's the author of "Architecture A to Z: An Elemental, Alphabetical Guide to Kansas City's Built Environment" (2011) and co-editor of and contributor to "War and Ink," a collection of essays about Ernest Hemingway's early work, forthcoming from Kent State University Press. A former bookseller and a native of Boston, he has served as a board member and officer of the National Book Critics Circle.
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