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D.C. Noir 2: The Classics (D.C. Noir #1)

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Classic reprints from: Edward P. Jones, George Pelecanos, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Richard Wright, Langston Hughes, James Grady, Julian Mayfield, Marita Golden, Elizabeth Hand, Julian Mazor, Ward Just, Jean Toomer, Roach Brown, Larry Neal, and others.

George Pelecanos is an independent film producer, the recipient of numerous international writing awards, a producer and an Emm
Paperback, 326 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Akashic Books (first published January 1st 2008)
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Denise Dougherty
Love the Noir city series. This, in particular, was a surprise as it featured a very old fav - Ross Thomas whose books I inhaled during the 1980s. It was fun to read him again. I also like that the City Noir series is revisiting some (cities) with Classics versions and pulling from earlier published authors - like Ross Thomas.

What I like best about City Noir series is that it will take me years to plow through them. Isn't that good news?

Barbara Gavin
A collection of very good short stories
The selections that had the greatest impact on me were the grittiest, James Grady's "Kiss the Sky" (1996) and an excerpt from Cast a Yellow Shadow, by Ross Thomas, from 1967.
I've actually only read three of the stories in this collection so far--"The Dead Their Eyes Implore Us" by George Pelecanos, "A Rich Man" by Edward P. Jones, and "Wonderwall" by Elizabeth Hand--but they were all fantastic stories, really wonderful stuff.
Ron Burch
More from this hit noir series. Standouts for me was Edward P. Jones' "A Rich Man," which I thought you can also read in his "Aunt Hagar's Children" collection. Also Paul Laurence Dunbar's story, which was written in 1900, and still seems frighteningly relevant.
This anthology is a great sampler of literature by DC authors. It covers the real city - all those neighborhoods beyond Capitol Hill and K Street. Includes a fine piece by Paul Lawrence Dunbar.
A collection of short stories from DC-native writers spanning from 1900 to the present. The early stories have a lot of racial undertones to them. Fun, and interesting, reading so far.
Jill Yesko
A very mixed bag. Not all the stories are classic noire. Methinks the editor rounded up some fellow authors to round out the collection.
Aug 20, 2008 Marc is currently reading it
more to dc than the west wing. Noir short stories reveal a complex city on and off the hill.
Jul 01, 2009 Elaine marked it as to-read
Too many other books to read so I'll get this back from the library another time.

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If you know DC, this is a must for you. I read about 2 stories every night on vacation.
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George P. Pelecanos (born 1957 in Washington, D.C.) is an American author of detective fiction set primarily in the capital of the United States, Washington, D.C. He is also a film and television producer and a television writer. He has worked extensively on the HBO series The Wire. His novels use an ensemble cast of characters, following their exploits across several generations. While there are ...more
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