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Los Angeles Noir 2: The Classics
     

Los Angeles Noir 2: The Classics

by Denise Hamilton
 

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From Hollywood starlets to downtown taxi dancers, and from Central Avenue speakeasies to clapboard Venice Beach shacks to Depression-era hobos riding the rails, this volume brings you the masters of the genre penning tales of love, lust, and loss in the City of Angels.

Includes classic stories by: Raymond Chandler, Paul Cain, James Ellroy, Leigh Brackett, James

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From Hollywood starlets to downtown taxi dancers, and from Central Avenue speakeasies to clapboard Venice Beach shacks to Depression-era hobos riding the rails, this volume brings you the masters of the genre penning tales of love, lust, and loss in the City of Angels.

Includes classic stories by: Raymond Chandler, Paul Cain, James Ellroy, Leigh Brackett, James M. Cain, Chester Himes, Ross MacDonald, Walter Mosley, Naomi Hirahara, Margaret Millar, Joseph Hansen, William Campbell Gault, Jervey Tervalon, Kate Braverman, and Yxta Maya Murray.

Editor Denise Hamilton is the author of the Eve Diamond series and the editor of Los Angeles Noir. Her latest novel, Los Angeles Times bestseller The Last Embrace, has been compared to works by James Ellroy and Raymond Chandler. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Publishers Weekly
Like Manhattan Noir 2 and other previous “classics” entries in Akashic’s noir series, this entry, with its high-quality stories from such genre masters as Raymond Chandler and James M. Cain, outshines the typical all-original anthology in the series. Hamilton has been wise to select lesser-known works by legendary writers, guaranteeing that the volume will appeal both to fans unfamiliar with the stories and readers new to their hard-edged prose. The two best come from the pens of husband and wife Ross Macdonald and Margaret Millar. Macdonald’s Lew Archer looks into an actress’s disappearance in his taut “Find the Woman,” while Millar’s “The People Across the Canyon,” about a young girl who forms an unhealthy attachment to some new neighbors, offers an unconventional look at the darkness in the human soul. With the exception of Walter Mosley’s “Crimson Shadow,” the tales in the final “modern” section fall short by comparison. (Apr.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781617752209
Publisher:
Akashic Books
Publication date:
04/01/2010
Series:
Akashic Noir Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
300
File size:
648 KB

Meet the Author

Denise Hamilton writes the Eve Diamond series. Her books have been shortlisted for the Edgar, Macavity, Anthony and Willa Cather awards. The Los Angeles Times named 'Last Lullaby' a 'Best Book of 2004' and it was also a USA Today Summer Pick and a finalist for a Southern California Booksellers Association 2004 award.'

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