Phoenix Noir

Phoenix Noir

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by Patrick Millikin
     
 

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Patrick Millikin...as if to prove his witty claim that 'sunshine is the new noir,' offers one superb specimen, 'Whiteout on Van Buren,' in which [author] Don Winslow makes skillful use of a city street at high noon to provide the perfect metaphor for life and death.”—New York Times Book Review

Brand-new stories by: Diana Gabaldon,

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Patrick Millikin...as if to prove his witty claim that 'sunshine is the new noir,' offers one superb specimen, 'Whiteout on Van Buren,' in which [author] Don Winslow makes skillful use of a city street at high noon to provide the perfect metaphor for life and death.”—New York Times Book Review

Brand-new stories by: Diana Gabaldon, Lee Child, James Sallis, Luis Alberto Urrea, Jon Talton, Megan Abbott, Charles Kelly, Robert Anglen, Patrick Millikin, Laura Tohe, Kurt Reichenbaugh, Gary Phillips, David Corbett, Don Winslow, Dogo Barry Graham, and Stella Pope Duarte.

Patrick Millikin is a bookseller at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale. As a freelance writer, his articles, interviews, and reviews have appeared in Publishers Weekly, Firsts Magazine, Paradoxa, Yourflesh Quarterly, and other publications. Millikin currently lives in central Phoenix.

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Publishers Weekly
The 16 stories in this stellar volume in Akashic's noir series paint a vivid portrait of the underside of Phoenix, where the gulf between rich and poor ensures “[c]rime, and lots of it,” as Millikin observes in his introduction. The writers make superb use of locale so that the sprawl, desert, history and especially the heat become “characters” in their fiction. Among the standouts are Robert Anglen's “Growing Back,” an unforgettable journey through a prisoner's consciousness, from the hell of his crimes and incarceration to the incestuous bed he shared with his mother; Luis Alberto Urrea's “Amapola,” in which a teenage lothario makes the possibly fatal mistake of falling for a drug lord's daughter; and Laura Tohe's “Tom Snag,” an updated version of the Native American shape-shifter myth as visited upon a hammered, horny barfly. Other contributors include Gary Phillips, Don Winslow, Lee Child, James Sallis and Megan Abbott. This book is an absolute must-read for noir fans. (Nov.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781936070411
Publisher:
Akashic Books
Publication date:
11/01/2009
Series:
Akashic Noir Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
202,969
File size:
751 KB

Meet the Author

Patrick Millikin is a bookseller at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale. As a freelance writer, his articles, interviews, and reviews have appeared in Publishers Weekly, Firsts Magazine, Paradoxa, Yourflesh Quarterly, and other publications. Born in Los Angeles, he moved to Arizona in 1972 and grew up in Scottsdale. Millikin currently lives in central Phoenix.

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Phoenix Noir 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
NomdeplumeAZ More than 1 year ago
Short stories by a slew of writers exploiting their individual views. I cannot agree with all of their viewpoints but do respect their right to express their opinions. Still an engaging book for residents and visitors alike! Apache Junction is a fantasticaly beautiful town. Do not be frightened away by this books description of it's under belly! However when the sun sets and the darkening shadows creep over Superstition Mountain---well just be careful.
Carollan More than 1 year ago
I've started several of these Noir books and I really like them....gives you the atmosphere of each location .
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