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Indian Country Noir

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  64 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Step into Indian Country. Enter the dark welter of troubled history throughout the Americas, where the heritage of violence meets the ferocity of intent.Features brand-new stories by: Mistina Bates, Jean Rae Baxter, Lawrence Block, Joseph Bruchac, David Cole, Reed Farrel Coleman, O'Neil De Noux, A.A. Hedge Coke, Gerard Houarner, Liz Martínez, R. Narvaez, Kimberly Roppolo, ...more
Paperback, 282 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Akashic Books (first published 2010)
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Dan Schwent
Mar 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Indian Country Noir is a collection of noir tales focusing on Native Americans.

Helper: As two men are coming for him, Indian Charlie remembers the past deeds that brought them to him. This story starts the collection with some action and dirty deeds. Good stuff.

Osprey Lake: On the run after a hold up, Don and Heather hole up in a secluded cabin built on a sacred hill. I could feel the biting cold while reading this. I felt bad for Heather as the situation unfolded.

Dead Medicine Snake Woman: A fo
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Steve
Oct 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Indian Country Noir is an anthology from the Akashic Noir series. This is my first foray into the series, which I’ve been a bit skeptical about, in part due to the number of titles (45 and counting – which includes Richmond?) that the series has produced. Are there really that many good noir stories out there? Historically, geography (which is the focus of each book in the series) has played a role in Detective fiction, with various authors exploring the unique underbelly of their chosen cities. ...more
Francis
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
If you like noir stories then the Akashic Noir series is always a good source for some dark tales. The stories in this book are a little more varied than the title may suggest to you. Yes the theme is Indian but the locals cover most of North America and one from the Caribbean. Also surprising to me were several of the writers involved, mainly, Reed Farrel Coleman and Lawrence Block. Not the first names that would come to my mind in an anthology with this title, but then both good tales as would ...more
Rena Jane
Jul 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Short stories by many Naative American authors including the editors and Joseph Bruchac.

Many stories involve solving murder mysteries or evil done to Native American characters. All stories well crafted, and interesting. Felt real.
Chris
Aug 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories
Stories about Indians by Indians and non-Indians, that is the commone denominator in this unique non-geographic specific noir volume. We have stories set not just in the US but in Canada and Puerto Rico. I'm really enjoying this series. It should become a collectible.
Les
Dec 24, 2016 rated it liked it
I thought checking this book out would provide me with some Native/indigenous writers to read more of. It was a mixed bag on this end. I skipped most of the non-indigenous writers and when I went back on that read to regret it ("Getting Lucky" by Lawrence Block was horrible to read - who cares about a two-character story about two people not worth caring about). It is noir, so some of the boilerplate story lines and verbiage (how much can alcoholism be talked about within 14 stories when the sto ...more
Malcolm
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sardonic, delightfully twisting with a degree of satisfaction as the (anti)hero delivers a poke-in-the-eye to power or oppression (sides of the same coin in noir-world): I enjoy a good bit of noir-land. In this case it is woven into 14 stories native lead characters or native themes, mainly in the US mainland but taking in Puerto Rico and Canada and for the most part written by native authors. There are tales of revenge, of self-protection, of the grime-laden world outside the confines of what t ...more
Kris
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Akashic Books does a phenomenal job with their Noir anthologies. I originally found out about this series from Curt Colbert, a mystery writer in Seattle who edited the Seattle Noir anthology. Incidentally, Curt does a wonderful series of detective noir based in Seattle. Check out Rat City, the first in the series to get a taste of what it is all about.

Indian Country Noir did not disappoint. The book is divided into four parts representing tribal areas in the North, South, East and West of the Un
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Tuxlie
Jul 29, 2015 marked it as to-read
Shelves: crime
Step into Indian Country. Enter the dark welter of troubled history throughout the Americas, where the heritage of violence meets the ferocity of intent. Features brand-new stories by: Mistina Bates, Jean Rae Baxter, Lawrence Block, Joseph Bruchac, David Cole, Reed Farrel Coleman, O'Neil De Noux, A.A. Hedge Coke, Gerard Houarner, Liz Mart�nez, R. Narvaez, Kimberly Roppolo, Leonard Schonberg, and Melissa Yi. Sarah Cortez, a law enforcement officer, is the award-winning author of the poetry collec ...more
Margaret Sankey
Jul 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I really like this whole series. The editors collect or commission lesser-known regional and short story writers to reflect on what is sinister and potentially a good place to commit a murder in their particular location.
Albert
Aug 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: regional
Extremely well written anthology bends the boudnaries between fiction and non-fiction.
Allicia
couldn't really finish this book. it wasn't that great to me. I got bored of life's under class delinquents.
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SARAH CORTEZ, resident of Houston and member of the Texas Institute of Letters, is the author of two poetry collections and winner of the PEN Texas literary award in poetry. Her mixed-genre memoir, Walking Home: Growing up Hispanic in Houston, was published by Texas Review Press in 2012. She has edited six anthologies, ranging from crime fiction to memoir to poetry.

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