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Crime Plus Music: Twenty Stories of Music-Themed Noir

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Modern life seems to have a soundtrack for everything. Even crime.

CRIME + MUSIC: The Sounds of Noir, collects twenty darkly intense, music-related noir stories by world-renowned mystery authors Brendan DuBois, Alison Gaylin, Craig Johnson, David Liss, Val McDermid, Gary Phillips, Peter Robinson and, from the music world, Galadrielle Allman, author of Please Be With Me: A S
Paperback, 318 pages
Published October 18th 2016 by Three Rooms Press
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
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The biggest reason for me to reading this collection of short stories was that a story by Craig Johnson was included. Unfortunately, it was a story I had already read and not a favorite short story of mine. But, re-reading made me like it better this time. Many of the names in this book were unknown to me, besides Craig Johnson have I previous read books by Alison Gaylin, Val McDermid, and Peter Robinson. So, I was curious to see which stories would work for me. And, I'm really pleased to say th ...more
Margaret Sankey
May 29, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a themed collection of stories collected from all-stars of procedurals, on the connection of music and our darker impulses, and set in the world of music performance and production. A "girl" rock group who get revenge on their sleazy manager, a rising singer who steals from and abandons his backup band on the road, a haunted jazz man, the dark corners of local talent contests, AM radio and fleeting fame. They stories are of varying quality, some one-shots, some connected to long-running ...more
Andrew Langert
Mar 10, 2017 rated it liked it
This collection of short stories, with music an element in each story, was pulled together by Jim Fusilli, the Wall Street Journal's rock music critic. I don't read books of short stories very often, but they can be a good way to discover new authors. I did not know, for example, that Fusilli himself has written eight novels in addition to his WSJ work that I am so familiar with. His short story, which concludes this collection, is one of the better ones in this book.
Many of the stories in this
Jeremy Wagner
Nov 19, 2016 rated it liked it
I bought this book purely for the Peter Blauner short story, "The Last Temptation of Frankie Lymon," which is the first story in this collection. Blauner is one of my favorite authors, and I know I'll sound biased when I say his story was my favorite and worth the price of admission.

After the first tale, I dove in to the other stories. I found some of them to be pretty good, while I felt other stories here portrayed musicians and the business in a very clichè way--making me wish the authors trie
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I find short stories to be incredibly rich in nuance when handled well by an author who understands the genre. It's about mood, character, place, etc. but with a subtlety that is unnecessary in a full novel. What's said is important but what is unsaid taps into an underused part of our makeup, imagination.

These 20 stories have only one thing in common, music. An old guitar, a song, a particular band. Some lead to death, others to redemption, murder, and loss. All work well. They draw you in, let
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I won this book through a Goodreads Givaway.

Normally short story collections that aren't by one author can be a bit of mixed bag. While I wouldn't say I didn't like some stories more than others, I did enjoy every story. I liked the different directions authors took with the theme. There were stories that were silly, fun, sad, chilling, and everything in between. The only thing that I think would have made this collection better for me would have been if the authors had written a little bit abou
Lisa Cobb Sabatini
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I won Crime Plus Music: Twenty Stories of Music-Themed Noir, edited by Jim Fusilli from Goodreads.

Crime Plus Music, an anthology of twenty short stories written by various writers, edited by Jim Fusilli, presents the darker side of the music world. From rock stars to DJs to amateurs, individuals who roam the stages and back roads of the world of music often discover that it can be decidedly deadly.
A collection of tales for those readers who also love music, Crime Plus Music will have you tapping
Randall J.
May 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
A hit and miss collection of short stories, but far more hit than miss.
Brett Wallach
Feb 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Like an album with a great single lead off track, this one fades away after the terrific "Frankie Lymon" story by Peter Blauner. Most of the rest are just meh, though Craig Johnson and A.J. Hartley offer good cuts.
Kara Whipple
Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Some of the stories were really good! But the rest were just okay.
Jul 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good and Bad

Liked The Blackbird, The Long Black Veil, The Long Lament, and Vincent Black Lightning. The others, meh. Just not my style.
Mark Taylor
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Love the idea. 4 or 5 good stories, but overall too much rape -taking the easy path to character motivation and a couple of stories have the same plot twist, lazy editing if you ask me.
Susan Storer
Feb 20, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a highly personal reaction--I didn't enjoy this book as much as I expected to. I expected to read about different kinds of music and musicians and maybe one or two stories where the crime was directly related to music. Instead it was rock and jazz musicians, and too much of the crime was drug-related. That being said, I did like the story Fusilli wrote and will probably look up more of his stuff.
Dec 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I won this book through Goodreads. This is a great collection of authors. Enjoyed them all and likes the whole music aspect of it.
Overall, I enjoyed the stories. Some of them had cliffhanger endings while others you knew exactly what happened.
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Jim Fusilli is a music critic for The Wall Street Journal and National Public Radio's All Things Considered.