"Park's introduction, in effect a true-crime case study, is as gripping as any of the 13 stories set in or around Buffalo, N.Y., in this strong Akashic noir volume, whose contributors include several mystery heavyweights....Those curious about the criminal side of the second-biggest city in New York will be rewarded."
"The anthology features 12 dark tales of Buffalo, written by 13 authors with strong ties to Buffalo. Each story represents a different neighborhood and cross-section of the city, and the resulting collection feels like a vivid, comprehensive tour of a distinctive place, administered by locals. There's nothing quite like noir to shine a light, after all."
Los Angeles Review of Books
"12 original short stories by established local authors with flawless credentials....Together, the stories cover cityscapes well-known to Buffaloniansto name a few, Elmwood Avenue, Niagara Street, Black Rock, North Park, Delaware Park, and Allentown. Local landmarks Peace Bridge and the Anchor Bar made it in there, too."
"Superb....What we have in this anthology brilliantly edited by Ed Park and Brigid Hughes are 12 writers with strong Buffalo connections writing dark tales specifically for this anthology and set in Buffalo....It's a dark but very happy surprise between paper covers."
The Buffalo News
"Our fair city finally lands its volume in the acclaimed City Noir series from Brookyn's Akashic Books, and it's a dandytwelve stories from writers born or otherwise attached here, with a stunning cover taken from a photo by area writer and chef Joe George. The stories, with settings all over the city, provide a virtual tour of what's noir about Buffalo, and Buffalo about noir."
"Buffalo gets its day in the dark with 183 pages of marvelous yarns....A true treat."
Akashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each story is set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the city of the book.
Featuring brand-new stories by: Joyce Carol Oates, Lawrence Block, Ed Park, Gary Earl Ross, Kim Chinquee, Christina Milletti, Tom Fontana, Dimitri Anastasopoulos, Lissa Marie Redmond, S.J. Rozan, John Wray, Brooke Costello, and Connie Porter.
Buffalo, New York, is still the second-largest metropolis in the state, but in recent years its designation as the Queen City has been elbowed aside by a name that's pure noir: The City of No Illusions. Presidents came from here; and in 1901, a president was killed here while visiting the Pan-American Exposition, by a man who checked into a hotel under a name that translates as Nobody.
As Buffalo saw its prosperity wane, those on the outside could only see harsh winters and Rust Belt grit, chicken wings and sports teams that came agonizingly close. (Vincent Gallo's Buffalo 66 is less the doomed quest of a would-be assassin than the collective fever dream of every Bills fan.)
Anyone who has spent more than a few days in Buffalo will tell you that this city can spar with any other major American metropolis in the noir arena. This highly anticipated entry in the Akashic Noir Series includes stories from Buffalo-affiliated mystery titans as well as up-and-comers.
About the Author
Brigid Hughes is the founding editor of the literary magazine A Public Space, and a contributing editor at Graywolf Press. She was born and raised in Buffalo.
Table of ContentsTable of Contents
Part I: Buffalo Unveiled
“Dr. Kirkbride’s Moral Treatment Plan” by Christina Milletti (Elmwood Village)
“It’s Only for Forever” by Tom Fontana (Niagara Street)
“The Ehrengraf Settlement” by Lawrence Block (Nottingham Terrace)
“The Bubble Man of Allentown” by Dimitri Anastasopoulos (Black Rock)
Part II: Hearts & Minds
“Falling on Ice” by Lissa Marie Redmond (South Buffalo)
“Parkside” by S.J. Rozan (North Park)
“Chicken Noodle’s Night Out” by John Wray & Brooke Costello (Anchor Bar)
“Peace Bridge” by Connie Porter (East Side)
Part III: Bloodlines
“Valentine” by Joyce Carol Oates (Delaware Park)
“The Odd” by Ed Park (Central Business District)
“Good Neighbors” by Gary Earl Ross (Allentown)
“Hand” by Kim Chinquee (Historic District)