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Miami Noir (Akashic Noir)

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"For different reasons these stories cultivate a little something special, a radiance, a humanity, even a grace, In the midst of the noir gloom, and thereby set themselves apart. Variety, familiarity, mood and tone, and the occasional gem of a story make Miami Noir a collection to savor."
-- Miami Herald

"For such a sun-stoked place. Miami sure is shady. Shadowy, too. Even
Paperback, 355 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by Akashic Books (first published January 1st 2006)
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182nd out of 286 books — 45 voters
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Laura Keane
Jan 24, 2015 Laura Keane rated it liked it
The first story, by James W. Hall, is worth the cost of the book. Brilliant writing and gritty funny tale. Other stories were less successful but my Florida obcession made me persevere.
Dec 09, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it
A good addition to the Noir series, Miami Noir is a collection of stories that take place in or around Miami. I found it to be a good solid collection. In James W Hall's "Ride along" a college creative writing professor gets more than he bargains for when he pairs up with a career criminal in order to get firsthand experience of violence for his writing. In Dead Storage, a teenager takes indirect revenge on he abusive father. Kevin Allen wrote the only story set in the past, about a poor father ...more
Cathy DuPont
May 16, 2012 Cathy DuPont rated it liked it
I love noir and apparently there's a series of noir with some known and not quite so known writers contributing. Just to name a few, there's Brooklyn Noir, D. C., LA and New Orleans, London, San Francisco, and many more. My edition had map of Miami area with places starred by palm tree where the stories were placed. Nice little touch!

Bought this one because it had so many of my favorite authors; James W. Hall, Paul Levine, Tom Corcoran, Barbara Parker and edited by Les Standiford whose writing I
Robert Lozowchuk
Jan 01, 2013 Robert Lozowchuk rated it really liked it
I have recently discovered this whole genre of books that are short stories by current popular authors of mystery/thriller. They are collections of short stories by the authors from the particular city the book is named for???. ( For instance,"Miami Noir", is short stories from authors who live in Miami, and that are set in, Miami.) I have also read,"London Noir, San Francisco Noir, Los Angeles Noir,(1 & 2), and, Manhattan Noir,(1 & 2). They are a great way to find new authors and then ...more
Allison Schnackenberg
Aug 10, 2013 Allison Schnackenberg rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
Abandoned this one about half way through. I've been reading "Florida stuff" as I'm going to be spending some time there later this year. This collection was.... eh. If I didn't know much about noir, I'd come away from the first half of Miami Noir thinking that incest was a plot requirement. Strange that there is so much of it here, and that it doesn't really add any depth to the narratives here - which are, admittedly, short stories so in need of quick resolution. Just all felt a bit hackneyed, ...more
Jan 22, 2012 Michelle rated it really liked it
After reading the LA Noir collection, I was reluctant to read the rest of the series. I mean, why bother? Noir was conceived, born, and raised in Los Angeles. Other cities don't count. And this held true until this book. Detroit? Not so much. Brooklyn? Yawn. But well done, Miami! The juxtaposition of darkness and hazy light is brilliant. Bright, brash colors and dark, deep crime. Hurrah for the birthplace of Dexter. Is it better than the LA collection? No, but it wins second place from a picky n ...more
Aug 24, 2011 Chris rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
One of the longer books in the series and full of good stories. Hurricanes are in several as well as white trash, an alligator, Haitans, Cubans, drugs, gamblers, runaways, and insane people. There are the usual ex-cops turned PI's as well as one who has become a collector from estate sales. Just a very interesting melange of stories and in some of them all the characters and elements merge.
Oct 10, 2010 Alice rated it it was amazing
I knew this anthology was going to be great because it's edited by Les Standiford, the director of the creative writing program at Florida International University. Standiford is an outstanding fiction and nonfiction writer. This book made me want to book a trip to Miami.
Jul 29, 2015 Tuxlie marked it as to-read
Shelves: crime

James Hall, Barbara Parker, John Dufresne, Paul Levine, and others reveal the dark and delicious side of Paradise.


Nov 04, 2015 Dylann rated it really liked it
Shelves: florida-books
Some of these were fantastic, others not so much, but overall the good ones made it definitely worth the read.
Dec 25, 2009 Eli rated it really liked it
The quality of stories was uneven, but the good ones were quick to grab your attention. A brisk and entertaining read.
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Les Standiford is a historian and author and has since 1985 been the Director of the Florida International University Creative Writing Program. Standiford has been awarded the Frank O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, a Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in Fiction, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, and belongs to the Associated Writing Programs, Mystery Writers of Ameri ...more
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