May is Short Story Month. This is a great time to ease a book group into approaching the short story with more than just trepidation. And what better way than to coat the short story in a little urban grit to make it go down smoother? Groups can discuss the elements of noir and how the authors were able pack them all into a short story. Readers may also enjoy discussing the historical neighborhoods of their cities.
Consider asking the readers to all read a different story from a collection and present it to the group. Montana Noir. Average Rating:. Rate this:. A Parade magazine pick, included in "Books We Love" section "What could be a more unlikely breeding ground for noir fiction than Montana, whose wide-open landscapes seem the polar opposite of the mean streets of Los Angeles?
From the introduction by James Grady and Keir Graff: This anthology is a road trip through the dreams and disasters of the true Montana, stories written by authors with Montana in their blood, tales that circle you around the state through its cities and small towns. That''s life everywhere.
This is our Montana. ISBN: Characteristics: pages : map ; 21 cm. From the critics. Comment Add a Comment. Sexism to the point of misogyny.
Age Add Age Suitability. Summary Add a Summary. Notices Add Notices. Quotes Add a Quote. Find it at SPL. Powered by BiblioCommons. Present-day Seattle has become a pricey, cosmopolitan center, home to Microsoft and Starbucks. The city is famous as the birthplace of grunge music, and possesses a flourishing art, theatre, and club scene that many would have thought improbable just a few decades ago. But some things never change—crime being one of them. But most crooks are just ordinary people, not professional thieves or crime bosses—they might be your pleasant neighbor, your wife or lover, your grocer or hairdresser, your minister or banker or lifelong friend—yet even the most upright and honest of them sometimes fall to temptation.
Within the stories of Seattle Noir, you will find: a wealthy couple whose marriage is filled with not-so-quiet desperation; a credit card scam that goes over-limit; femmes fatales and hommes fatales; a delicatessen owner whose case is less than kosher; a famous midget actor whose movie roles begin to shrink when he starts growing taller; an ex-cop who learns too much; a group of mystery writers whose fiction causes friction; a Native American shaman caught in a web of secrets and tribal allegiances; sex, lies, and slippery slopes.
Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published June 1st by Akashic Books first published More Details Original Title. Jake Rossiter and Miss Jenkins 2. Seattle, Washington United States.
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Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jul 03, Christina Mitchell rated it really liked it. This book of short stories by Seattle writers brings Seattle old and new alive as a place of shadowy nooks and crannies exuding questionable morals - and, really, isn't that just Seattle?
The various protagonists may not always have a happy ending, but that's the point of noir. One story even brings Sherlock Holmes and Moriarity sort of to Seattle. I think I will take the book with me on my next trip up and visit the settings of the stories. If your interested, this volume is one of a series.
Metsker's, if I can plug, is a wonderful Seattle map store of which I am very fond. They have all sorts of cool maps and map-like treats.
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They are a Seattle original located near Pike's Market and worth your patronage. View 1 comment. Jun 15, Larisa rated it liked it. As with any short story collection, some are better than others in this collection that takes readers on a tour of the seamy underbelly of several of Seattle's neighborhoods.
The writing in a few seems forced, but there are a few that took some wonderful surprise twists and one that made me laugh out loud at the end. My favorites were the stories by Simon Wood and Curt Colbert--if all the stories were on that level I would have given the book an extra star. A good, quick, fun read overall. Jan 07, Lara Seven rated it liked it. May 22, Harris rated it it was ok Shelves: ebook , mystery , library-book , usa , fiction.
I have probably spent more time in Seattle than any other city outside the Twin Cities, and I definitely regard it fondly and look forward to any chance to visit. While the Pacific Northwest shares some cultural traits with my home in the Upper Midwest, the coast and the mountains give it an entirely different feel. There is a grittiness along the steep, mist drenched streets of Seattle that can not be found in Minneapolis-St.
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Paul, though perhaps may be found a bit in Duluth. In any case, there I have probably spent more time in Seattle than any other city outside the Twin Cities, and I definitely regard it fondly and look forward to any chance to visit. In any case, there is much material to draw upon along the shores of Puget Sound for noir tales, and I was looking forward to reading about the human drama found under the shadow of the gleaming white Space Needle and the distant snowy form of Mount Rainier.
There was something lacking in a lot of the stories in this collection, sadly. The city of Seattle seems merely incidental in a majority of these tales, and for the most part, they seem to stick to tired, well worn noir cliches, with few surprises. Corrupt cops, homeless PIs, mysterious murders- nothing that really sticks out; even the s and s period pieces lacked much of a sense of place.
There was also a rather unfortunate element of racism in a few of the stories as well, especially What Price Retribution? The rest of the stories were, at best, okay.
Jun 05, Jodi rated it liked it. Sep 21, Aaron VanAlstine rated it liked it. Several decent stories but most would likely not be published elsewhere. Nov 15, Donna Davis rated it liked it Shelves: mystery-crime-fict-etc , collections-anth , reviewed , pacific-northwest-author. No doubt, as many others have observed, it would be fairer to rate each writer individually here, because this is a very mixed bag. I enjoyed the anchor pieces that began and ended the collection, and it was the presence of a relatively brief piece by GM Ford that made me go looking for it.
I liked the story set in Chinatown, as well as the lampoon of the very-elite Magnolia by new-to-me writer Skye Moody. I understand that the writer with the Nordstrom-this and Nordstrom-that is an award winner No doubt, as many others have observed, it would be fairer to rate each writer individually here, because this is a very mixed bag. I understand that the writer with the Nordstrom-this and Nordstrom-that is an award winner, but I would not give an award for this particular story, which became so pretentious and tedious that I skipped to its ending once I was halfway through and saw how much was left to go.
I emerged relatively cheerful though, because I read it free.