London Noir [NOOK Book]

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Brand-new stories by: Desmond Barry, Ken Bruen, Stewart Home, Barry Adamson, Michael Ward, Sylvie Simmons, Daniel Bennett, Cathi Unsworth, Max Décharné, Martyn Waites, Joolz Denby, John Williams, Jerry Sykes, Mark Pilkington, Joe McNally, Patrick McCabe, and Ken Hollings.

Cathi Unsworth moved to Ladbroke Grove in 1987 and has stayed there ever since. She began a career in rock writing with Sounds and Melody Maker, before co-editing the arts journal Purr and then Bizarre ...

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London Noir

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Overview

Brand-new stories by: Desmond Barry, Ken Bruen, Stewart Home, Barry Adamson, Michael Ward, Sylvie Simmons, Daniel Bennett, Cathi Unsworth, Max Décharné, Martyn Waites, Joolz Denby, John Williams, Jerry Sykes, Mark Pilkington, Joe McNally, Patrick McCabe, and Ken Hollings.

Cathi Unsworth moved to Ladbroke Grove in 1987 and has stayed there ever since. She began a career in rock writing with Sounds and Melody Maker, before co-editing the arts journal Purr and then Bizarre magazine. Her first novel, The Not Knowing, was published by Serpent’s Tail in August 2005.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
While few of the names in the 10th entry in the city noir anthology series that began with Brooklyn Noir (2004) will be familiar to American readers (where, for example, are Robert Barnard and John Harvey?), by way of compensation eight of the 17 contributions focus on punk rock. Ken Bruen, best known for his native Dublin settings, offers a sharp jab to the gut in "Loaded." Michael Ward's "I Fought the Lawyer" profiles one of the worst blackmail schemes ever devised. Unsworth's tale, "Trouble Is a Lonesome Town," riffs nicely on the seedy PI who gets in over his head. Martyn Waites's "Love" is a frightening portrait of a skinhead recruit. Joolz Denby's "Sic Transit Gloria Mundi" effectively traces the arc of would-be punk stars from the country trying to find fame in the big city. If this volume doesn't match the quality of the best in the series, there are still pleasures to be found, especially for those into the contemporary London music scene. (Aug.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936070367
  • Publisher: Akashic Books
  • Publication date: 8/1/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 270
  • Sales rank: 1,167,835
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Cathi Unsworth moved to Ladbroke Grove in 1987 and has stayed there ever since. She began a career in rock writing with Sounds and Melody Maker, before coediting the arts journal Purr and then Bizarre magazine. Her first novel, The Not Knowing, was published by Serpent's Tail in August 2005.
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Table of Contents

Backgammon 21
Loaded 36
Rigor Mortis 44
Maida Hell 54
I fought the lawyer 79
I hate his fingers 99
Park Rites 115
Trouble is a lonesome town 124
Chelsea three, Scotland Yard Nil 142
Love 157
Sic transit Gloria Mundi 176
New rose 186
Penguin Island 200
She'll ride a white horse 225
South 234
Who do you know in heaven? 242
Betamax 261
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2014

    Wake up reviewers noir neans dark or black and usually dire and depressing why is everyone surprised to find all

    Their favorite places countries or cities are miserable and unpleasant most mystery writers now do the same and to heck with the tourist trade and chamber of commerce and real estate agents every where chanting location location and location our local writers know better and our regional books sell very well and even the "haunted houses" sell well but that might be because of the wood floors and wonderful wood trim and built ins Noir books dont get book signings here at library or at book store or on pbs m.a.@sparta

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    London in Rather Too Bleak Light

    This is the second book I have read in this series, and while I like the books, they get a bit over bearing after a while. "London Noir" paints a consistently bleak and desperate picture of one of my favorite cities, and there is simply no let up in the constant parade of hopeless characters. I found that the stories - for this is a collection of short stories, each anchored in a specific geographic location around London - to get increasingly less well written, definitely less interesting, and even a bit more bizarre, as the book went on.There are some well known authors, such as Ken Bruen, but many are first time writers, or at least new to the genre. Like Cinema Noire, the stores all have a dark, crime ridden atmosphere, populated by characters on the periphery of society. Many are interesting, but because they are short stories, you really make no connections with any character. There is no single character that runs through the stories to give any sense of continuity (they are all written by different authors), and I think that also hurts the collection. While I recommend the book, maybe just because I'll read almost anything about London, come with the proper expectations. I'll keep reading through the series (I think there are 16 or 17 books now) as time and interest permits

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