Synopses & Reviews
Fiction. Short stories. Akashic Books continues its award-winning series of original noir anthologies, each comprised of all-new stories set in distinct neighborhoods or locations within the city of the book. With TORONTO NOIR, the series moves fearlessly north of the U.S. border for the first time. "TORONTO NOIR lets a bit of moonlight contour the ever-mobile city, allowing a glimpse, a brief catch and release...Sift through the stiff pages written by people who inform and present their city in a way no double-decker gimmick bus whizzing past the Rogers Center and Casa Loma could ever hope to do." - Janine Armin and Nathaniel G. Moore, from the introduction. Featuring brand-new stories by: RM Vaughan, Nathan Sellyn, Ibi Kaslik, Peter Robinson, Heather Birrell, Sean Dixon, Raywat Deonandad, Christine Murray, Gail Bowen, Emily Schultz, Andrew Pyper, Kim Moritsugu, Mark Sinnet, George Elliott Clarke, Pasha Malla, and Michael Redhill.
"Most U.S. readers will be surprised to learn from the editors' introduction to this fine addition to Akashic's noir series that Toronto is 'North America's most multicultural metropolis outside of Miami.' That diversity is well served by the volume's 16 selections, only one of which is by an author likely to be familiar to American mystery fans. Peter Robinson (Friend of the Devil and 16 other Inspector Banks novels) demonstrates his mastery of the short story with 'Walking the Dog': Lloyd Francis's attractive wife, Laura, begins a torrid affair with a model, Ray Lanagan, and before long Laura and Ray are scheming to bring about Lloyd's untimely demise. Robinson deftly inserts two major surprises into the plot, which should please James M. Cain and Cornell Woolrich fans. The anthology's other standout is Gail Bowen's 'The King of Charles Street West,' which, with its complex and insightful revenge plot line, should help gain Bowen, an Arthur Ellis Award winner, a wider U.S. following." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
A multicultural nexus, Toronto hosts Indian, Portuguese, African, Italian, and Chinese communities that provide fertile backdrops for Toronto Noir
s corrosive exposés.
Features brand-new stories by: RM Vaughan, Nathan Sellyn, Ibi Kaslik, Peter Robinson, Heather Birrell, Sean Dixon, Raywat Deonandad, Christine Murray, Gail Bowen, Emily Schultz, Andrew Pyper, Kim Moritsugu, Mark Sinnet, George Elliott Clarke, Pasha Malla, and Michael Redhill.
The Akashic Noir Series moves fearlessly north!
About the Author
Janine Armin writes regularly for the Toronto Globe and Mail and contributes to Bookforum, the Village Voice and Maisonneuve. She lives in Toronto. Nathaniel G. Moore is the author of Bowlbrawl (Conundrum) and Let's Pretend We Never Met (Pedlar). He is the features editor of The Danforth Review and a columnist for Broken Pencil. He divides his time between Montreal and Toronto.