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Palm Springs Noir

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Palm Springs now joins Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County, San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley in California's Noir Series arena.

Included in Publishers Weekly 's Adult 2021 Announcements (Mysteries & Thrillers)

Akashic Books continues its award-winning series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each book comprises all new stories, each
Published July 6th 2021 by Akashic Books
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Palm Springs is supposed to be the glamorous movie star Mecca in the Southern California desert. Akashic Noir shows us what's behind the hidden curtain when the desert paradise is the end of the road for some folks, a place they got stuck in and now they are drowning in like quicksand. The desert that surrounds paradise is hot, dry, empty, foreboding. Out beyond the ritzy golf clubs are trailer parks and rundown liquor stores and a huge inland sea so devoid of life that it's even slowly melting ...more
Sam Sattler
Jul 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Palm Springs Noir is one of the latest crime fiction collections in the Akashic Books series that now numbers close to 120 such books. The stories, with a couple of exceptions, in each book are all set in one city or region of the world, and this time around all the action takes place in Palm Springs itself or in places like Joshua Tree National Park, the Coachella Valley Preserve, or Desert Hot Springs which are all nearby. And, as usual, the stories will not disappoint fans of the genre.

The t
Tonstant Weader
Jul 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Palm Springs Noir is the most recent of the Akashic Noir series. Set in the legendary resort city about a hundred miles from Los Angeles. In any resort area, there is always an innate tension between those who visit and those who live there. Usually, the visitors have conspicuous wealth while the townspeople are often living hardscrabble lives in low-paying service jobs that cater to the wealthy who make their homes unaffordable. Palm Springs is no different and that tension infuses several of t ...more
Jun 22, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
PALM SPRINGS NOIR is edited by Barbara DeMarco Barrett.
This anthology series is published by Akashic Books and was launched in 2004. “Each anthology comprises all new stories, each one set in a distinct location within the geographical area of the book.”
In PALM SPRINGS NOIR, we experience classic noir stories from South Palm Canyon, Historic Tennis Club, Cathedral City, Little Tuscany, Twin Palms, Wonder Valley, Deepwell, Anza, Bermuda Dunes, Indio, Anza-Borrego, Desert Hot Springs, Joshua Tree
Les Gehman
Jun 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is another great collection of noir from Akashic. Every story is very good, and most of them are excellent. I particularly enjoyed "The Expendables" by Rob Roberge and "The Salt Calls Us Back" by Alex Espinoza. I think editor Barbara DeMarco-Barrett describes noir perfectly when she says "In noir, the main characters might want their lives to improve and may have high asperations and goals but they keep making bad choices, and things go from bad to worse."

[Note: the publisher provided me wi
Jul 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I cannot say how much I love this series! The authors being from/or currently living in the area and providing a backdrop that makes you feel like you are there! The authors who highlight different areas and write gripping stories, this is the perfect noir series!

I look forward to reading the rest of the California series asap!!
Jun 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this latest entry in Akashik’s Noir series. You wouldn’t expect Palm Spring and Joshua Tree as the most likely setting for noir, but the stories here play out superbly.
It pains me to write this review. I’ve read many Akashic Noir collections, and I've loved the vast majority of them. As with most short story anthologies, the stories are a mixed bag ranging from terrible to amazing, with most falling somewhere in the good to great categories. Out of the typical 14 stories in each collection, there are usually one or two I really dislike, and a handful of gorgeous standouts, while I enjoy the rest. Palm Springs Noir is, sadly, an outlier. To me, the majority of ...more
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