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The Cocaine Chronicles (Akashic Drug Chronicles)

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"The Cocaine Chronicles is a pure, jangled hit of urban, gritty, and raw noir. Caution: These stories are addicting."
--Harlan Coben, award-winning author of Just One Look

The best fiction anthology of cocaine-themed tales to blow through in years, featuring ALL NEW stories from Susan Straight, Lee Child, Jerry Stahl, Ken Bruen, Laura Lippman, Bill Moody, Nina Revoyr, Emory

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Published December 16th 2009 by Akashic Books (first published April 1st 2005)
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Badly Drawn Girl

With a topic as dynamic and dramatic as cocaine, one would imagine limitless possibilities for short stories. But apparently that wasn't the case for the writers of this short story anthology. The majority of the stories are stale stereotypical ramblings by writers who obviously have no experience with the drug and are unable to imagine anything beyond the same media fueled drivel. Violence, sex and paranoia may be a part of the cocaine experience for some, but there is so much more to the drug
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Darrell
Jan 13, 2008 Darrell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


short stories about cocaine (sellers, dealers and for one story... zombies!)

good read

all talented contributors
Woody
Feb 10, 2014 Woody rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Slightly more upbeat than Speed, but not by a whole lot. Anal intake was eye-opening, for sure.
Maddy
Nov 29, 2014 Maddy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever been on a night out with friends and your not drinking or maybe your the designated driver, well this book is a bit like that. The night starts off well and everyone is having fun, then the more alcohol that is consumed the more the conversations and behavior of your once composed friends start to go down the toilet in a swirl quicker than the toilet flush!

I have always observed that the conversations of people when drunk or high start to take on a bit of the fantastic and the ridi
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Alicia
Apr 11, 2016 Alicia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were a couple stories that I sort of glossed over because they didn't grab me but such is the case with any anthology. Otherwise I adored this.
Julie Alef
Jun 05, 2015 Julie Alef rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wide and bouncing array. Many authors really stepped out of themselves.
Matt
Apr 23, 2016 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read the Lee Child short story, Ten Keys for Octavian.
Frank
Oct 29, 2014 Frank rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Of the 17 short stories, only 4 or 5 were good.
Kristen
Dec 03, 2013 Kristen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drugs
A lot of people say it was bad or not worth reading and I would disagree.. I found one or two of the stories almost impossible to follow because it was clear the authors were writing to achieve a 'drug induced' perspective and I just couldn't figure them out. Some of the stories endings are shocking and others just sad. It gives a good variety of perspective from different people. I read quite a bit of drug related or addiction books and I won't say it was a favorite but I'm not sorry I read it ...more
I.B. FREEMAN
Jan 28, 2009 I.B. FREEMAN rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Horrible. This book should be used for toilet paper. It had such a striking cover but the stories are dull and make no sense. I cant believe that some of the author who wrote stories for this book have won awards. I thought I was reading a collection of works from a bunch of 7th graders
Bunny
Aug 15, 2011 Bunny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As with most short story collections some are better than others. Gives an interesting perspective as to what an author can do when given such a broad subject that generally seems to be so narrowed down automatically.
Hafsa
Apr 09, 2013 Hafsa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was hoping it would be more interesting. The stories were dry and I only found about two or three readable. The other stories seemed to be going nowhere and frankly, were boring.
David Dziorney
Some of the stories were alright but a lot of them I found myself skimming through. I figured with a book about cocaine there would be some better stories.
Melissa
Jun 22, 2016 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: peace-corps
some of the stories I loved, some were OK, some I couldn't get past the 2nd page. interesting mix of shorts with only one common thread.
ems
Oct 17, 2013 ems rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
Grocery-store-checkout-line-worthy writing.
Sarah
May 24, 2009 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Weird. And good. But mostly weird.
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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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