Synopses & Reviews
Fiction. Mystery. In this collection of stories edited by Julie Smith, its contributors divulge the dark secrets of a city traumatized long before the storm. The city was always the home of the lovable rogue, the poison magnolia, the bent politico, the sociopath street thug, and especially, the heartless con artist-but in post-Katrina times it struggles against . . . well, the same old problems, just writ large and with a new breed of carpetbagger thrown in. Combine all that with a brilliant literary tradition and you have NEW ORLEANS NOIR, a sparkling collection of tales exploring the city's wasted, gutted neighborhoods, its outwardly gleaming "sliver by the river," its still-raunchy French Quarter, and other hoods so far from the Quarter they might as well be on another continent. It also looks back into the past, from that recent innocent time known in contemporary New Orleans as "pre-K," to the mid-nineteenth century, the other time the city was mostly swampland.
"The excellent 12th entry in Akashic's city-specific noir series illustrates the diversity of the chosen locale with 18 previously unpublished short stories from authors both well known (Laura Lippman, Barbara Hambly) and emerging (Kalamu Ya Salaam, Jeri Cain Rossi). Appropriately, Smith divides the book into pre- and post-Katrina sections, and many of the more powerful tales describe the disaster's hellish aftermath. Standouts in the first section, 'Before the Levees Broke,' include Laura Lippman's short, twisted tale of victims and victimizers, 'Pony Girl,' and Tim McLoughlin's 'Scared Rabbit,' a tight, punchy account of a police shooting. Among the contributions to the post-Katrina 'Life in Atlantis' section, Thomas Adcock's gritty crime tale, 'Lawyers' Tongues,' captures the chaos of the hurricane's wake with notable skill." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
New Orleans has always had a heart of noir.
Brand-new stories by: Thomas Adcock, Ace Atkins, Patty Friedmann, David Fulmer, Barbara Hambly, Greg Herren, Laura Lippman, Tim McLoughlin, James Nolan, Ted OBrien, Eric Overmyer, Jeri Cain Rossi, Maureen Tan, Jervey Tervalon, Olympia Vernon, Christine Wiltz, Kalamu Ya Salaam, and Julie Smith.
Julie Smith is the author of two detective series set in New Orleans and an Edgar Award winner. A former reporter for the New Orleans Times-Picayune and the San Francisco Chronicle, she lives in the Faubourg Marigny section of New Orleans, which is much funkier than it sounds.
About the Author
Julie Smith is the author of two detective series set in New Orleans, and an Edgar Award winner. A former reporter for the New Orleans Times-Picayune and the San Francisco Chronicle, she lives in the Faubourg Marigny section of New Orleans, which is much funkier than it sounds like.