L.A. Noire: The Collected Stories [NOOK Book]

Overview

Rockstar Games has partnered with Mulholland Books to publish a collection of short fiction expanding the world of the newest groundbreaking achievement in storytelling: the interactive crime thriller L.A. Noire.

1940s Hollywood, murder, deception and mystery take center stage as readers reintroduce themselves to characters seen in L.A. Noire. Explore the lives of actresses desperate for the Hollywood spotlight; heroes turned defeated men; and...
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L.A. Noire: The Collected Stories

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Overview

Rockstar Games has partnered with Mulholland Books to publish a collection of short fiction expanding the world of the newest groundbreaking achievement in storytelling: the interactive crime thriller L.A. Noire.

1940s Hollywood, murder, deception and mystery take center stage as readers reintroduce themselves to characters seen in L.A. Noire. Explore the lives of actresses desperate for the Hollywood spotlight; heroes turned defeated men; and classic Noir villains. Readers will come across not only familiar faces, but familiar cases from the game that take on a new spin to tell the tales of emotionally torn protagonists, depraved schemers and their ill-fated victims.

With original short fiction by Megan Abbott, Lawrence Block, Joe Lansdale, Joyce Carol Oates, Francine Prose, Jonathan Santlofer, Duane Swierczynski and Andrew Vachss, L.A. Noire: The Collected Stories breathes new life into a time-honored American tradition, in an exciting anthology that will appeal to fans of suspense and gamers everywhere.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316200868
  • Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
  • Publication date: 6/6/2011
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 106,760
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Lawrence Block is a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America and the New York Times bestselling author of A Drop of the Hard Stuff, the newest in the highly respected Matthew Scudder series, as well as over fifty other books.

Duane Swierczynski is the Edgar-nominated author of Expiration Date, Fun and Games, which will be released in June 2011, and many other acclaimed thrillers.

Joe R. Lansdale is the Edgar Award-winning author of The Bottoms, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Devil Red, and many other acclaimed crime novels.

Jonathan Santlofer is the author of five crime novels, including The Murder Notebook, and a highly respected visual artist.

Joyce Carol Oates is the recipient of the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, the winner of the National Book Award, and the author of over fifty novels.

Francine Prose is the New York Times bestselling author of A Changed Man, which won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Blue Angel, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and fourteen other books.

Megan Abbott is the Edgar Award-winning author of six novels, including the upcoming The End of Everything, coming in July 2011.

Andrew Vachss is the author of The Weight, the Burke series, and many other acclaimed crime thrillers.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted June 26, 2011

    Book stands well on it's own.

    Don't let the videogame pedigry scare you off. If you're a fan of the genre this is a great anthology.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2011

    I can't wait!

    If this is anything like the game, I will be reading until my Nook's backlight dies, and the screen gets a rubmark on it from changing pages. Rockstar pulled this out of nowhere, and they PERFECTED it!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Perfect L.A. Noire companion.

    This was the prefect book to read to get the feel of the game.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2012

    Very Impressed.

    For any fan of the Noir genre, this collection of short stories is a refreshing addition to the style. It is just as entertainingly read by itself without prior knowledge of the game it is based upon as it is a companion to the game. Enthusiasts of L.A. Noire will recognize many elements from the gameplay, but standing on its own "L.A. Noire: The Collected Stories" is an anthology of diverse yet well-written short stories from many of the genres most accomplished authors. Well done, Rockstar Games!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 28, 2012

    Excellent short read!

    I've been obsessed with 1940's L.A. and the Black Dahlia murder case for quite some time now so, naturally L.A. Noire is one of my all time favorite video games. Alas, the game was too short for my liking so I was ecstatic when I discovered this collection of short stories. All are beautifully written and captivating. I'd recommend to anyone fans of Noir or not.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Noir is good

    The ads for the game, LA Noire, look fun. It's not available on PC though so I guess it'll be a while before my guys start playing it. Still, the idea of a fictional LA, noir and as filled with stories as the movies I remember, is certainly intriguing. Even more intriguing was finding a book of tales built to go with the game; getting hold of a free ecopy to review was the icing on the cake.

    Reading these tales is like a retreat into old noir movies. The Black Dahlia tells her side of the story, from her side of the grave; an LA cop recounts the pain of secrets that cannot be told; the sound of a neck breaking lifts your head from the page; the trickle of ice down your back. There's anger, betrayal, cruelty, temptation and vice in this collection, and the whole is encased in bite-sized, noir-flavored pieces, quickly read but slowly remembered, like the taste of a world that's not quite real.

    Each different, each scary in a different way, each intriguing, each filled with character at least as much as events, each powerfully told, LA Noire contains a great collection of tales to read and enjoy in the darkening evening, and to leave your mind filled with thoughts of darkness that lies just beyond the glow of Sunset.



    Disclosure: I was lucky enough to get a free ecopy of this book for review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2011

    Games To Books

    Even though this is a game, and a great one at that, I am utterly impressed with the fact that they made a book. Go rockstar entertainment!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 10, 2011

    an excellent collection

    L.A. Noire is an excellent compilation of stories by some of my favorite authors. What a great read! Jonathan Santlofer put together this collection and it turns out that my favorite story is his. "What's in a Name?" is exciting, terrifying, and witty (just like all of Santlofer's wonderful books.) I couldn't help but think that this would be a great movie! In fact, I always feel this way when I read Santlofer's books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2014

    below average

    pretty much a waste

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    Yes

    Good

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  • Posted October 25, 2013

    Great Book after playing the PC Game

    I enjoy reading books about the games I play. This gives much broader joy from the title. I recommend reading this book if you have played L.A. Noire game.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    MIDNIGHTMOON'S DEN

    Is claimed!!! (Post)

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  • Posted March 22, 2012

    Hmmm. It was okay. Some of the stories I liked, some I didn't. U

    Hmmm. It was okay. Some of the stories I liked, some I didn't. Ultimately, none of them stuck with me enough to really stand out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Ok

    Ok

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    LA Noire !!!!

    GREAT!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 8, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    A cool collection.

    Retro-style mysteries. Seedy under belly of 1940's L.A. and hard-boiled detectives galore. Any fans of Mickey Spillaine or the genre will enjoy. -Michael

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2011

    Disjointed & difficult to read. Glad it was free

    A couple of the short stories were really good, however most of them seemed to have had some of the pages ripped out.

    I did not enjoy it at all. There was no rhyme or reason in most of them. Glad it was free.

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  • Posted June 20, 2011

    Awesome

    Amazing writing. Sheds fantastic light regarding the characters in the game.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2011

    Weird pricing

    So I paid for this a few days ago - will you be giving me a refund?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2011

    The game and its awesome

    But a book, thats FREE? aweaome

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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