Edge City

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A thinly veiled portrait of San Francisco’s North Beach is the setting of this novel, and its newest resident is Reno, an angry fledgling just hatched out of prison. Getting out is like a weird dream, and the streets of the city are a muddle of sensations pooling around her. Staggering out onto the late-night streets, Reno ends up at the infamous Istanbul Club: dim lights, Arabic music, and sensual Su’ad dancing. She soon encounters the club’s cast of characters. There’s Huntington, the poisonous charmer who ...

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Overview

A thinly veiled portrait of San Francisco’s North Beach is the setting of this novel, and its newest resident is Reno, an angry fledgling just hatched out of prison. Getting out is like a weird dream, and the streets of the city are a muddle of sensations pooling around her. Staggering out onto the late-night streets, Reno ends up at the infamous Istanbul Club: dim lights, Arabic music, and sensual Su’ad dancing. She soon encounters the club’s cast of characters. There’s Huntington, the poisonous charmer who lives above the club and is perverse and powerful in the way only the wealthy can be, and Eddie, the underage bartender who is happy to chemically enhance every waking moment. Slowmotion, the sound and light technician, huge and darkly mysterious, has connections to people and places that Reno didn’t even know existed. Slowmotion’s elegant friend, Poppy, offers mental transport to realms beyond Xanadu; in her little valise there’s everything necessary for any trip. The owner of the club, handsome gambler Sinclair, hires Reno to waitress. Grumbling, drinking, snarling and swearing, Reno bangs her way through everyone else’s complicated plans, entangling herself in a byzantine labyrinth of betrayal, revenge, general mayhem, and even some good times. The first novel to focus on tough female, queer, outlaw culture in the Bay Area, this new edition features an exclusive interview with the author.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Just out of prison, Soracco's light-fingered heroine, Reno, slips into the Club Istanbul (in an unspecified American city) for a few drinks. As she watches her meager stash vanish in alcohol, she recognizes an old friend, Susanna--professional name Su'ad the Fortunate--belly dancing on stage. Soon Reno is waitressing amidst the surface sleaze of B-girls and watered-down booze, her eye on the best chance to score some money. Upstairs lives the up-to-no-good Mr. Huntington; downstairs the new manager Sinclair observes the assembled lost souls eager to stuff crumpled greenbacks down the front of Su'ad's sequined bra. An atmosphere thick with the suggestion of villainy clears as blackmail and murder emerge, deeds committed by any one (or more) of an extensive cast of losers, including Reno, who seems destined never to get a break. Soracco ( Low Bite ) keeps her eye on minutiae; thus readers learn more than they may need to know about how to light a stage full of moving flesh. Meandering through pools of booze and moments of tawdry sex and petty larceny, Soracco's dense, bravura narrative is nevertheless a triumph of (hard-boiled) style over substance. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Prose edged with sarcasm, deadly wit, and violence lends credence to hard-talking Reno, newly paroled burglar looking for a break. In the Club Istanbul, she runs into a former friend, an ``Arabian'' nude dancer who reintroduces her to a seamy world of booze, drug deals, blackmail, and murder. As a cocktail waitress trying to stay legit, Reno focuses the work's graphic and realistic lens. This has big-city tough stuff and interesting characters, but no particular detective to follow. Edge City is a marginal purchase.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604865035
  • Publisher: PM Press
  • Publication date: 10/25/2012
  • Series: Green Arcade
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Sin Soracco is the author of Low Bite. She lives in the Mission District of San Francisco and on the Lower Russian River in Sonoma County, California.

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