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Orange County Noir (Akashic Noir)

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Orange County, California, brings to mind the endless summer of sand and surf, McMansion housing tracts, a conservative stronghold, and tony shopping centers. It's a place where pilates classes are run like boot camps, real estate values are discussed at your weekly colonic, and ice cream parlors on Main Street, USA, exist side-by-side with pho shops and taquerias. Orange...more
Paperback, 309 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Akashic Books
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D.W. Miller
I read this book as research for a short story I was asked to write for a similar anthology. I was hoping to come away with some different ideas of what Noir fiction is, what it can do, and what the genre encompasses; however, I was sorely dissapointed.

Every story in Orange County Noir deals with murder in one form or another. The motivations for murder vary story to story, of course, but generally stick close to age-old stereotypes and plot devices. For the most part, I'd say the stories in thi...more
These stories were entertaining and imaginative. Some of the writing was pretty bad and read like map quest directions on how to get around the neighborhood in question. My favorite was the story about Disneyland. The juxtaposition of the Happiest place on earth and the security detail after the age of terror was really fun. The ending wasn't good, though. The collection didn't include the Asian communities and hooked a little too much into the LA show business themes (although I liked most of t...more
Except for the typical shortcomings of short stories, this was a good collection
Another great collection of short stories set in the OC. Lots of "you can see where they are going and then they twist" type plots. One memorable line in here is "Orange County, where Republicans go to die." We meet college professors, druggies, over the hill celebrities, trophy wives, taxi drivers,and even Disneyland security guards all twisting each other in these noir shorts.
I was right to not have high expectations for this book. Some of the stories are ok but the only thing I actually enjoyed about this book was reading the descriptions of the various Orange County cities. Having lived in the OC for a few years, I recognized many of the locations. All in all, the book was quite unmemorable.
Leenda dela Luna
I really enjoyed this collection. Several of the stories do NOT end with death, which made them a nice surprise. I thought the Santa Ana story was the best of the collection.
May 31, 2010 Mary rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: mystery readers and crime fiction afficionados
Catching up on all the fabulous stories by my fellow contributors. It's chock full of femme fatales, sad sacks, villains and heroes.
Claire Wessel
I don't normally go for short stories, but this one was fun because each story really encapsulated the town it took place in.
This collection is great. Rob Robarge's story is unequivocally my stand out favorite.
I love reading these short stories and recognizing the towns from OC where I live.
Excellent stories (besides my own)!
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GARY PHILLIPS lives in Los Angeles and is best known for his novels and short stories featuring PI Ivan Monk. He has worked a lot of different gigs in his time: a graveyard shift security guard, a printer, a union organizer, co-director of the MultiCultural Collaborative (a nonprofit set-up to improve race relations after the ’92 LA riots) and as political director of a city council campaign. He w...more
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