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Detroit Noir (Akashic Noir)

3.28 of 5 stars 3.28  ·  rating details  ·  105 ratings  ·  23 reviews

From crime stories in the classic hard-boiled style to the vividly experimental, from the determination of those risking everything to the desperation of those with nothing left to lose, Detroit Noir delivers unforgettable tales that capture the city’s dark vitality.

Includes stories by: Joyce Carol Oates, Loren D. Estleman, Craig Holden, P.J. Parrish, Desiree Cooper, Nis

Paperback, 300 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Akashic Books
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In 2004, the small New York publisher Akashic launched a very clever series of books emphasizing original noir fiction associated with particular cities and regions. It has now reached at least 41 with many more on the way. Every place has its dark side--some more than others--but the idea was attractive to those of us who wished to see their hometowns or favorite sites cast within the noir genre. I guess it is no mystery what my hometown was or why I might be interested in some of my former ven...more
Deciding between three and four stars on this one is tough. Admittedly, I don't read a whole lot of short story compilations. This must have been my first in about a decade.

That said, I really got into three quarters of the stories. While the setting was always somewhere in the Detroit area, the time changed with each story. Figuring out when the story was taking place was a fun task parallel with enjoying the story.

I'm not certain if it's a fault of the stories themselves, or of the length of t...more
A collection of short stories about my hometown. Overall, it was hit or miss: some were quite good, others were not. For me the most interesting aspect of this book is seeing the commonalities across stories, which I think really speaks to the culture of the city. Sadly, Detroit's authors define the city through pervasive awareness of racial and class divides and a constant sense of destitution and decay. I moved away from Detroit eight years ago, and this book reminded me of the many problems s...more
Patrick C.
This is my first book in the Noir Series from Akashic Noir, and I enjoyed it. The short stories from a variety of writers, most with ties to Detroit go well beyond the mystery genre, but they all capture a sense of Detroit....

I'll miss having these short stories at hand for the quick diversionary read.

I'll definitely look into other books in this series.
Some wonderful short stories that all take place somewhere in Detroit. The collection of writers were all from Detroit and included some noteables....Loren Estleman, Joyce Carol Oates, Craig Holden, Desiree Cooper from NPR, and my favorite, Michael Zadoorian. A great accumulation of memories of what Detroit used to be and the complex reality of what is today.
This is a collection of unrelated short stories, and I just generally have a harder time reading these kinds of books. However it was very interesting to read about Detroit, with familiar landmarks involved. The stories were pretty good, and all had some definite "noir" undertones.
Many of these stories could take place in any city, however the ones that apply to Detroit are wonderful like the Motown story. I wanted to know more about the characters and stories at the end of each short story. This book does not really allow to reader to know Detroit.
Marcy Heller
Great writers whose stories may entice as they're set in places such as Palmer Woods, Grosse Pointe, and the freeways and streets we know, but such dismal, dark and hopeless stories. There's a whole series of these short-story collections set in many cities--too bad.
Interesting info about Detroit in the intro, going from the great city it once was to a virtual ghost town. The short stories give you a real flavor for the city.
interesting read - lots of short stories with different perceptions on the detroit of the past and the present - specific to intersections and neighborhoods
As with any anthology your going to have some hits and some misses. The Craig Bernier and Roger K. Johnson stories are definite highlights...
Steve Larson
Born and bred so it was very touching. Detroit is a tough place and the stories here highlight the goods and bands of such an environment.
May 26, 2009 Kirsten rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Native Detroiters - Fans of noir fiction
Recommended to Kirsten by: Browsing at Borders
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I really liked many of the stories in this book, others were bearable. Always - enjoy the local backdrop when you can get it.
The retro stories suggest that no one saw the demise of the American auto industry or else they were in deep denial.
Chris Tolen
Great short detective stories set in Detroit. As the title implies, this IS noir!
Exploring the dark streets of Detroit Rock City through short story noir....
Many of these stories are NOT noir. Disappointing collection.
Enjoyed reading these short stories from local authors

Good read
Some stories are excellent. The majority, however, are not memorable.
Dee L.
Grim but true to the real struggles of Detroit.
Interesting compilation, mediocre writing.
I'll be checking out more of these!!!
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