South Central Noir

South Central Noir

by Gary Phillips
South Central Noir

South Central Noir

by Gary Phillips


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The Akashic Noir Series’ forensic study of Southern California sharpens its focus on one of Los Angeles’s most recognized neighborhoods.

“If you’re of a certain age, your perception of South Los Angeles might have been formed by riots and rappers. Or maybe you know it through television . . . But Gary Phillips, who grew up there, has a more historically complex point of view . . . For Phillips and the 13 other writers who contributed to his just-published anthology, those narrower, pop-infused renditions are just the tip of the iceberg . . . with the result that their work—and their city—is much richer for the exercise.” Los Angeles Times

"Let's make some space for crime fiction in miniature. Akashic Books offers its latest city-centric noir anthology with South Central Noir, which includes 14 top-notch stories about one of Los Angeles's most chronicled neighborhoods. The editor, Gary Phillips—whose most recent novel is One-Shot Harry—has assembled a formidable group of writers that includes Jervey Tervalon, Tananarive Due, Naomi Hirahara, Steph Cha and Penny Mickelbury." New York Times Book Review

From the Introduction by Gary Phillips

"Within these pages you’ll find stories of those walking the straight and narrow—until something untoward happens. Maybe it’s someone taking a step out of line, getting caught up in circumstances spiraling out of their control. Maybe they’re planning the grift, the grab . . . whatever it is to finally put them over. Other times the steps they take are to get themselves or people they care about out from under. You’ll find the offerings in these pages are a rich mix of tone—tales told of hope, survival, revenge, and triumph. Excursions beyond the headlines and the hype.

The settings herein reflect South Central today or chronicle its colorful past, such as the days of the jazz joints along Central Avenue . . . From South Park to East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, from the borderlands of Watts to the one-time Southern Pacific railroad tracks paralleling Slauson Avenue, take a tour of a section of Los Angeles that may be unfamiliar to you but you will get to know, at least a little, by the time you finish reading this entertaining and engaging anthology."

Featuring brand-new stories by: Steph Cha, Nikolas Charles, Tananarive Due, Larry Fondation, Gar Anthony Haywood, Naomi Hirahara, Emory Holmes II, Roberto Lovato, Penny Mickelbury, Gary Phillips, Eric Stone, Jervey Tervalon, Jeri Westerson, and Désirée Zamorano.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781636140544
Publisher: Akashic Books, Ltd.
Publication date: 09/06/2022
Series: Akashic Noir Series
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 668,810
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

GARY PHILLIPS has published novels, comics, and short stories, and edited numerous anthologies. Violent Spring, first published in 1994, was named one of the essential crime novels of Los Angeles. Culprits, a linked anthology he coedited, has been optioned as a British miniseries, and he was a staff writer on FX’s Snowfall about crack and the CIA in 1980s South Central, where he grew up. He is the editor of Orange County Noir and the coeditor of The Cocaine Chronicles. He has contributed stories to Dublin Noir, Los Angeles Noir, Phoenix Noir, and The Heroin Chronicles. South Central Noir is his latest anthology.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Part I: Always and Forever
"All Luck" by Steph Cha (South Park)
"How Hope Found Chauncey" by Jervey Tervalon (Snooty Fox Motor Inn)
"The Golden Coffin" by Emory Holmes II (Dunbar Hotel)
"The Last Time I Died" by Jeri Westerson (Crenshaw Boulevard)
"All That Glitters" by Gar Anthony Haywood (Watts Towers)

Part II: Cold Sweat
"Collections" by Eric Stone (Central Avenue)
"Haint in the Window" by Tananarive Due (Leimert Park Village)
"I Am Yojimbo" by Naomi Hirahara (Kokusai Theatre)
"Mae’s Family Dining" by Penny Mickelbury (Slauson Avenue)
"Death of a Sideman" by Gary Phillips (Exposition Park)

Part III: The World Is a Ghetto
"Sabor a Mi" by Roberto Lovato (Slauson Park)
"If Found Please Return to Abigail Serna, 158 3/4 E MLK Blvd" by Désirée Zamorano (Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.)
"Where the Smoke Meets the Sky" by Nikolas Charles (South Figueroa Street)
"Jayson and the Liquor Store" by Larry Fondation (Imperial Highway)

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