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"[An] irresistible sequel to Smith's New Orleans Noir....Anyone who knows New Orleans even slightly will relish revisiting the city in story after story. For anyone who has never been to New Orleans, this is a great introduction to its neighborhoods and history." -- Publishers Weekly , Starred review "Ten years after the publication of the original New Orleans Noir, Akashi "[An] irresistible sequel to Smith's New Orleans Noir....Anyone who knows New Orleans even slightly will relish revisiting the city in story after story. For anyone who has never been to New Orleans, this is a great introduction to its neighborhoods and history." -- Publishers Weekly , Starred review "Ten years after the publication of the original New Orleans Noir, Akashic's 'Noir' series returns with a follow-up....Each entry is strong, but the collection is worth reading alone for Poppy Z. Brite's 'Mussolini and the Axeman's Jazz,' a delirious and brutal ghost story....Strongly recommended for fans of the Akashic anthologies and Hard Case Crime mysteries and lovers of New Orleans fiction. Devotees of Southern gothic fiction (e.g., the works of Flannery O'Connor and Tom Franklin.) will also find much to enjoy." -- Library Journal , Starred review "Smith, who edited Akashic's original New Orleans Noir (2007), goes back for a second trip to the Big Easy." -- Kirkus Reviews "A riveting read." --Back to Books "Eighteen diverse stories...capture the feeling of this fascinating city. New Orleans Noir: The Classics embraces the city's rich literature and spans two centuries, from the pre–Civil War era to post-Katrina." --Underrated Reads "This anthology really has the feel of New Orleans....I enjoyed this batch of stories. Good ones all the way through. Give it a try." --Journey of a Bookseller Akashic Books continues its award-winning series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each volume comprises stories set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city. Classic reprints from: James Lee Burke, Armand Lanusse, Grace King, Kate Chopin, O. Henry, Eudora Welty, Tennessee Williams, Shirley Ann Grau, John William Corrington, Tom Dent, Ellen Gilchrist, Valerie Martin, O’Neil De Noux, John Biguenet, Poppy Z. Brite, Nevada Barr, Ace Atkins, and Maurice Carlos Ruffin. From the introduction by Julie Smith: "A glittering constellation of writers has passed through New Orleans--including Mark Twain, Sherwood Anderson, O. Henry, and even Walt Whitman, to name some of the not-so-usual suspects. Then there are the ones whose sojourns here are better known, the ones on whom we pride ourselves, such as Tennessee Williams, William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Ellen Gilchrist, and James Lee Burke. It was an anthologist's feast--just about everybody who came to New Orleans wrote about it. But there were surprises as well... If you're from New Orleans, the neighborhood theme will resonate like Tibetan temple bells. And yet, surely every city has similar hoods, similar behavior patterns, similar travails--and has had them forever. 'Indeed,' wrote Voltaire, 'history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes.'"


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"[An] irresistible sequel to Smith's New Orleans Noir....Anyone who knows New Orleans even slightly will relish revisiting the city in story after story. For anyone who has never been to New Orleans, this is a great introduction to its neighborhoods and history." -- Publishers Weekly , Starred review "Ten years after the publication of the original New Orleans Noir, Akashi "[An] irresistible sequel to Smith's New Orleans Noir....Anyone who knows New Orleans even slightly will relish revisiting the city in story after story. For anyone who has never been to New Orleans, this is a great introduction to its neighborhoods and history." -- Publishers Weekly , Starred review "Ten years after the publication of the original New Orleans Noir, Akashic's 'Noir' series returns with a follow-up....Each entry is strong, but the collection is worth reading alone for Poppy Z. Brite's 'Mussolini and the Axeman's Jazz,' a delirious and brutal ghost story....Strongly recommended for fans of the Akashic anthologies and Hard Case Crime mysteries and lovers of New Orleans fiction. Devotees of Southern gothic fiction (e.g., the works of Flannery O'Connor and Tom Franklin.) will also find much to enjoy." -- Library Journal , Starred review "Smith, who edited Akashic's original New Orleans Noir (2007), goes back for a second trip to the Big Easy." -- Kirkus Reviews "A riveting read." --Back to Books "Eighteen diverse stories...capture the feeling of this fascinating city. New Orleans Noir: The Classics embraces the city's rich literature and spans two centuries, from the pre–Civil War era to post-Katrina." --Underrated Reads "This anthology really has the feel of New Orleans....I enjoyed this batch of stories. Good ones all the way through. Give it a try." --Journey of a Bookseller Akashic Books continues its award-winning series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each volume comprises stories set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city. Classic reprints from: James Lee Burke, Armand Lanusse, Grace King, Kate Chopin, O. Henry, Eudora Welty, Tennessee Williams, Shirley Ann Grau, John William Corrington, Tom Dent, Ellen Gilchrist, Valerie Martin, O’Neil De Noux, John Biguenet, Poppy Z. Brite, Nevada Barr, Ace Atkins, and Maurice Carlos Ruffin. From the introduction by Julie Smith: "A glittering constellation of writers has passed through New Orleans--including Mark Twain, Sherwood Anderson, O. Henry, and even Walt Whitman, to name some of the not-so-usual suspects. Then there are the ones whose sojourns here are better known, the ones on whom we pride ourselves, such as Tennessee Williams, William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Ellen Gilchrist, and James Lee Burke. It was an anthologist's feast--just about everybody who came to New Orleans wrote about it. But there were surprises as well... If you're from New Orleans, the neighborhood theme will resonate like Tibetan temple bells. And yet, surely every city has similar hoods, similar behavior patterns, similar travails--and has had them forever. 'Indeed,' wrote Voltaire, 'history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes.'"

30 review for New Orleans Noir: The Classics

  1. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    4.5 stars While most of these stories might not be classic ‘noir’ (apparently New Orleans as a setting does not have a long history in that genre), most are ‘classic’ New Orleans, especially the first several, and all are ‘noir’ as in dark (oh, how very dark!). Of those first several stories (arranged chronologically), all but one I’d read before (see the fabulous N.O. Lit: 200 Years of New Orleans Literature), but was glad to read again with the definition of ‘noir’ in my head instead of merely 4.5 stars While most of these stories might not be classic ‘noir’ (apparently New Orleans as a setting does not have a long history in that genre), most are ‘classic’ New Orleans, especially the first several, and all are ‘noir’ as in dark (oh, how very dark!). Of those first several stories (arranged chronologically), all but one I’d read before (see the fabulous N.O. Lit: 200 Years of New Orleans Literature), but was glad to read again with the definition of ‘noir’ in my head instead of merely thinking of them as New Orleans-based stories. “Pleadings” (1976) by John William Corrington is the first of the collection to fit the true ‘noir’ label and is one that has stuck with me. I’d not read Nevada Barr or James Lee Burke before (his story “Jesus Out to Sea” is the only Hurricane-Katrina story in the collection) and their stories show me their talent without the genre elements of their novels that I know are not to my taste. Editor Julie Smith has done a fantastic job and I appreciate the three categories she has placed these stories within, each a nod to a classic New Orleans literary work. I liked the original New Orleans Noir, but this one, with its distance of time, is even better.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nicola Mansfield

    I've long wanted to read one of Akashic's Noir anthologies and was pleased to have my first tour a sampling of southern fiction set in New Orleans. Each story here is set in the city and this being the second collection to be set here has been given a secondary theme of "classics". The stories are presented chronologically from 1843 up through to fairly modern offerings. The definition of "noir" is broad. This can mean classic private eye, gothic, dark, menacing and generally involve murder, but I've long wanted to read one of Akashic's Noir anthologies and was pleased to have my first tour a sampling of southern fiction set in New Orleans. Each story here is set in the city and this being the second collection to be set here has been given a secondary theme of "classics". The stories are presented chronologically from 1843 up through to fairly modern offerings. The definition of "noir" is broad. This can mean classic private eye, gothic, dark, menacing and generally involve murder, but one thing they all have in common is ominous troubled endings. There were a couple of stories that missed the mark with me but generally the rest were good to excellent. I certainly look forward to reading other's in this publisher's series. 1. A Marriage of Conscience by Armand Lanusse (1843) - This first story is noir in the sense that it is dark but otherwise is more fairly termed as Gothic. A melodramatic piece of a pure-hearted young woman who finally gives her heart to a man who does her wrong once he has her. She cannot stand the disgrace afterward and publicly involves him in her own suicide. I loved the despair. (3/5) 2. The Little Convent Girl by Grace King (1893) - This is sad and morose with a final depressing ending. After the death of her father, the little girl who has been raised in a convent travels on a Mississippi steamer to Connecticut to meet her mother for the very first time. One needs to take some time to ponder what may have caused the tragic ending. (4/5) 3. The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin (1894) - A selfish woman gets her just deserts. (3/5) 4. Whistling Dick's Christmas Stocking by O. Henry (1899) - This is the last story in part one and the closest to an actual noir in the sense that it has a crime though it is a happy story and a Christmas story to boot. A hobo meets some unexpected adversity one day, but along the way also meets unexpected kindness. He ends up with some friends who want to pull off a robbery but he's not that sort. He saves the day but in the end, chooses freedom over luxury. Pleasant story but I'm not really big on O. Henry. (3/5) Part Two skips almost forty years in time to the era when noir is more what we can expect it to be. 5. The Purple Hat by Eudora Welty (1941) - A tale told at a bar by a man in the know to a bartender but is he perhaps really telling the story to the young man sitting alone at the other end of the bar. It's the story of an exotic older gambling woman, a seductress, who always plays and wins at the saloon the man works in. She's been murdered twice and wears an enigmatic purple hat. (4/5) 6. Desire and the Black Masseur by Tennessee Williams (1948) - I have no idea what to make of this; written in the US in 1948 the racial element must mean something as must the blasphemy. However, to me, it reads as a disgusting BDSM story of a cannibalistic serial killer, quite repugnant. I don't know how to rate it. I haven't read enough Williams to know whether this is typical of him. The theme was sickening, the writing was good. (3/5) 7. Miss Yellow Eyes by Shirley Ann Grau (1955) - Whoa. Heavy duty. An epic family story set during WWII of an African-American family and issues they face within their own community such as a couple who plan to move north and pass as white after the war is over. A powerful story that gets more intense as it goes along, reaching a point where things take a downward turn until the tragic ending. This is the longest story in the collection so far. Powerful. (5/5) 8. Pleadings by John William (1976) - A novella divided into parts or chapters, even longer than the previous piece and is quite different than the others as we have twenty-year gap chronologically in writing. Several themes are covered here but first we have a lawyer story one who becomes involved not so much in a case but in some people's "troubles" because they are brought to him as being friends of someone he knows. A domestic case where the man is seeking divorce, making up allegations, because he cannot deal any longer with their "vegetative" son in a home for the "feebleminded" since birth. This is a dark story and hard to read, practically every derogatory word imaginable (from the era this story was written) for the mentally ill is used from the beginning and gets worse as the lawyer actually takes a tour of the asylum. The father and the lawyer refer to these patients, not as he or she but "it". Though this takes a strong stomach, it suits the story as "Pleadings" is ultimately a tale of reconciliation, and a purging of sin through fire, a suitable redemptive ending, though not happy in the typical sense of the word. Powerful, well-written. (5/5) 9. Ritual Murder by Tom Dent (1978) - I've never heard of this author but this is the most powerful story I've yet read here. And it's not actually a story but a play; it's been a very long time since I've read a play (excepting Shakespeare) and the effect is moving. This is a story of black on black violence in the '70s but is a hard-hitting and gut-wrenchingly realistic read today to see how much things stay the same even though they change. A frank and potent play which would be chilling to see performed live. (5/5) 10. Rich by Ellen Gilchrist (1978)- The first story in part three is written in the same year as the last story and even after a string of 5-star stories is my favourite one so far. A true blue Southern Gothic about a seemingly wonderful well-off southern family. Life isn't perfect, but they go with the flow, have common sense and make the most of everything seeming to have the best of everything. But, being faithfully Catholic, they know everyone has a cross to bear and they bear theirs well. It wears them down eventually, nevertheless, until tragedy strikes and one of them breaks so hard he goes beyond the point of no return. Gloriously gloomy. Loved it! (5/5) 11. Spats by Valerie Martin (1988) - The story of a woman whose husband leaves her for another woman, but worst of all he leaves his beloved dogs behind because they aren't allowed at the new lover's home. I didn't connect with this. The woman moaned about being alone and one of the dogs was viscous, so she took revenge on her husband. I had no feelings for any of the characters, including the dogs. (2/5) 12. The Man With Moon Hands by O'Neil De Noux (1993) - This is short and strange. A cop meets up with two weirdos with guns and shoots one but not the other, who turns out to be a nutcase who thinks he has moon hands and waits every night with a bag packed for his ride to Alpha Six. The cop ends up watching him for a few years, then gets transferred to homicide, Now three years later he's called to a self-defense shooting by a cop. Didn't seem to have a point. (2/5) 13. Rose by John Biguenet (1999) - Very short. After his wife's funeral, a man discovers to what length she had gone to remember their little boy who had been killed in an accident when he was young. (3/5) 14. Mussolini and the Axeman's Jazz by Poppy Z. Brite (1995) - Duke Ferdinand was not really killed by the assassin charged with his murder, in fact, it was a three-hundred-year-old Italian mage. Ferdinand's spirit come's back, inhabit's a drunken ex-cop's body and seek's out the mage in the 1919's before he can go on to an imminent future and another World War and become another Italian terror. In the meantime, the Ferdinand embodied cop becomes known as the New Orlean's Axeman. Pretty strange, but I liked it! (4/5) 15. GDMFSOB by Nevada Barr (2006) - A woman plots to murder her husband and he just won't die, but what he finally dies of is hilarious. Loved it! Well-written. (5/5) 16. Jesus Out to Sea by James Lee Burke (2006) - A group of guys are experiencing a very bad hurricane (Katrina I'm supposing) and they end up floating along with a Jesus statue. Atmospheric. (4/5) 17. Last Fair Deal Gone Down by Ace Atkins (2010) - Good ole New Orleans blues and jazz scene murder mystery. A detecting sax player gets caught up in the seamier side of life while solving the death of a beloved local sax player. This is totally my type of story. (5/5) 18. Pie Man by Maurice Carlos Ruffin (2012) - This has a very abrupt ending; I had to check and make sure I hadn't skipped a page. Plus I'm not sure why it's called Pie Man as he's only a peripheral character. However, this is quite an intense story of race violence set a few years after Hurricane Katrina. The story labels it as "brown-on-black" violence and we see a neighbourhood under attack by its youth because of an instance of robbery gone wrong. Baby, a fourteen-year-old is the main character and narrator but we see the situation from most sides except the shooter's, a Latino carpenter, who was robbed. Baby is quite mature in this situation, though, having been close friends with Sanchez, he can at times see his point of view, but, in the end, becomes a victim of his gang pride and peer pressure. A riveting read and well-placed story to end the collection with. (5/5)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    New Orleans Noir: The Classics What an a amazing series of stories. I'm so happy that I ran across this book. Some of my favorite authors contributed to this book and one of my very favorite authors has the best story in this book. If you read any story in this book you have to read "Jesus Out to Sea" by James Lee Burke. I can't give enough praises for this piece of work and I'm looking forward to reading the first book in this series New Orleans Noir 1. New Orleans Noir: The Classics What an a amazing series of stories. I'm so happy that I ran across this book. Some of my favorite authors contributed to this book and one of my very favorite authors has the best story in this book. If you read any story in this book you have to read "Jesus Out to Sea" by James Lee Burke. I can't give enough praises for this piece of work and I'm looking forward to reading the first book in this series New Orleans Noir 1.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ronn

    Like most anthologies, stories can range from great to crap. None here reach either extreme, but most fall in to the category of really darn good. Julie Smith did a fine job ob editing.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sam Sattler

    New Orleans Noir: The Classics is the eleventh book from the Akashic Books noir series that I have read and enjoyed since late 2009. But, as indicated by a quick count of the books listed inside the cover of this one, that is just the tip of the iceberg. If I counted correctly, 75 of the short story collections have now been published and another 18 are being prepared for publication. New Orleans Noir, as indicated by its subtitle, mines the historical treasure trove of previously published fict New Orleans Noir: The Classics is the eleventh book from the Akashic Books noir series that I have read and enjoyed since late 2009. But, as indicated by a quick count of the books listed inside the cover of this one, that is just the tip of the iceberg. If I counted correctly, 75 of the short story collections have now been published and another 18 are being prepared for publication. New Orleans Noir, as indicated by its subtitle, mines the historical treasure trove of previously published fiction set within the confines of New Orleans. With only one exception, the book’s 18 stories are presented in chronological order, beginning with an Armand Lanusse story from 1843 and ending with one by Maurice Carlos Ruffin from 2012. The stories are further subdivided into three sections, each part titled in a way that characterizes the New Orleans of that day. “Part 1: The Awakening” is comprised of four stories written between 1843 and 1899 and includes contributions from Kate Chopin and O. Henry. “Part II: Sweet Bird of Youth” adds five more stories, including ones by Eudora Welty and Tennessee Williams, and the book’s third, and longest, section adds another nine stories and is called “The Thanatos Syndrome.” This third section includes the work of writers familiar to today’s short story readers such as James Lee Burke, Ellen Gilchrist, Ace Atkins, and Nevada Barr. As in any short story compilation, some of the stories will appeal to individual readers more than others, but I suspect that there is something here for just about everyone, no matter the style and content they prefer. My own favorites from the collection demonstrate, I think, the varied nature of the stories included. There is Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” (1894), at just four pages one of the shortest of all, that tells a story that Alfred Hitchcock could easily have used in his television series seventy years later. And there is Shirley Ann Grau’s 1955 story, “Miss Yellow Eyes,” which at thirty-six pages is one of the longest in the book. “Miss Yellow Eyes” tells the tragic (noir in every sense of the word) story of a young black woman planning to move to Oregon with her soldier fiancé where they can easily pass for white – before the Korean War interrupts their plans. Another favorite is “Ritual Murder” (1978) by Tom Dent, a New Orleans-born writer who would die in 1998 at age sixty-six. This one is presented in script form, including stage directions, and strives to come to grips with the black-on-black violence that Dent aregues is akin to “group suicide.” Of the more recent stories, my favorite is Ace Atkins’s 2010 story “Last Fair Deal Gone Down.” Atkins so perfectly captures the elements of noir fiction in this one that it is perhaps my favorite story of the entire collection. Bottom Line: New Orleans Noir: The Classics is another fine addition to one of the best short story series being published today. Don’t miss this one.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Maxwell

    As an anthology, it’s hard to rate this book on the individual stories. On top of it being difficult to review each and every story, I’d spoil just about every single one due to the length of them. That being said, the stories are wonderful. They are perfectly chosen to match the three parts of this anthology: THE AWAKENING, THE SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH, and THE THANATOS SYNDROME. Basically, it’s the 1800s, the early to mid-twentieth century, and then beyond. The stories were organized in a way where As an anthology, it’s hard to rate this book on the individual stories. On top of it being difficult to review each and every story, I’d spoil just about every single one due to the length of them. That being said, the stories are wonderful. They are perfectly chosen to match the three parts of this anthology: THE AWAKENING, THE SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH, and THE THANATOS SYNDROME. Basically, it’s the 1800s, the early to mid-twentieth century, and then beyond. The stories were organized in a way where you can see the same qualities for each time period, and also have the differences highlighted. For the first four stories in the first section, they all follow the same basic path: They are all super descriptive (as is a staple in noir), they are all written with sort of the same language, they all took place in New Orleans, etc. They are also all fairly simple, linear stories. As you move on throughout the anthology, you see the changes in the quality and the types of stories. In the 1940s and 1950s, you see the emergence of more flashbacks and more crime-oriented tales. Then, as time goes on, it moves to detectives, and they swear, and they have emotions, and there are multiple story-lines. If you came for the stories, you’ve found what you’re looking for. If you came to see a history in writing, a documentation of the shifts and changes and progresses made in the genre of noir, you’ve found what you’re looking for. This is a book for everyone. The stories range from basic to complex, from mild to intense, from simple to thought-provoking, and they are all - as the title suggests - classics. I give this anthology a five out of five, and I’d suggest it to anyone who likes not only interesting stories, but also fascinating evolutions.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Woody Chandler

    It wasn't SO good as to rate a five-star review, but it was one of the best-curated mystery anthologies that I have read in a while. I have been redding up my house, overrun with bound-printed matter, of late & I decided to take stock of my Akashic Noir collection in the process. I found that I have a pretty complete set, minus some of the more recent ones and that I have read almost each one that I own. This is not really all that remarkable since I bought the (then-)complete set about three ye It wasn't SO good as to rate a five-star review, but it was one of the best-curated mystery anthologies that I have read in a while. I have been redding up my house, overrun with bound-printed matter, of late & I decided to take stock of my Akashic Noir collection in the process. I found that I have a pretty complete set, minus some of the more recent ones and that I have read almost each one that I own. This is not really all that remarkable since I bought the (then-)complete set about three years ago & read through all of the ones that I did not previously own. The title of this one is a tad misleading since it starts with classic authors, but then segues into contemporary writers who may have been published after the first volume. No matter. The best story of the lot, for me, had to be Poppy Z. Brite's "Mussolini & The Axeman's Jazz", touching on World Wars I & II, now believed to have been the same war with a 20-year hiatus. I was intrigued by both the history and the concept of the story. All in all, this was a really worthwhile read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Brandee

    My heart belongs to New Orleans as anyone who knows me well can attest. So this book was a natural fit for me. I loved the chronological order of stories and the fact that their locations/settings were mentioned at the beginning of each. Some of my favorites were the oldest pieces and they sometimes felt even fresher and more relevant perhaps than the newer ones. There is a wonderful group of authors represented and I highly recommend this entire series of Noir books. There's one for practically My heart belongs to New Orleans as anyone who knows me well can attest. So this book was a natural fit for me. I loved the chronological order of stories and the fact that their locations/settings were mentioned at the beginning of each. Some of my favorites were the oldest pieces and they sometimes felt even fresher and more relevant perhaps than the newer ones. There is a wonderful group of authors represented and I highly recommend this entire series of Noir books. There's one for practically any place you might live in or love to visit!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Svriddick

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A book of short stories that take place in New Orleans starting with stories written in the 1800's. Supposedly in the classic noir style, but really not. The stories all have something creepy or aberrant about them and are interesting in the light they shed on the culture and the city at different times in its history. However, for the most parts, the stories were not in and of themselves very interesting to me. And I'm not usually a short story person anyway. A book of short stories that take place in New Orleans starting with stories written in the 1800's. Supposedly in the classic noir style, but really not. The stories all have something creepy or aberrant about them and are interesting in the light they shed on the culture and the city at different times in its history. However, for the most parts, the stories were not in and of themselves very interesting to me. And I'm not usually a short story person anyway.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Maryann

    This is the second collection by this editor and includes stories from Eudora Welty, Tennessee Williams, and Kate Chopin. In chronological order, these stories all have a dark side, just like the city itself. Some, written or set in times of racism, reflect those sentiments. I thoroughly enjoyed this collection and, having spent time in the city, its character shines through. I'm not a huge fan of noir, but short stories are easier to handle. This is the second collection by this editor and includes stories from Eudora Welty, Tennessee Williams, and Kate Chopin. In chronological order, these stories all have a dark side, just like the city itself. Some, written or set in times of racism, reflect those sentiments. I thoroughly enjoyed this collection and, having spent time in the city, its character shines through. I'm not a huge fan of noir, but short stories are easier to handle.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jay Koester

    Really nice collection of New Orleans Noir stories. One in particular, by John William Corrington, was so raw and striking, I had to go search out more from him. Turns out he is out of print, but I got a short story collection from him for cheap on eBay. I love when a collection like this can help me discover a hidden gem.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nickolas

    Mixed bag for this book of Noir stories featuring New Orleans. I liked Grace King's: The Little Convent Girl, Shirley Ann Grau's: Miss Yellow Eyes, John William Corrington's: Pleadings, Tom Dent's: Ritual Murder and Ellen Gilchrist's: Rich. Of note, there isn't much in the way of cops or PIs and criminals in this short story collection, and the ones there are aren't the strongest in this book. Mixed bag for this book of Noir stories featuring New Orleans. I liked Grace King's: The Little Convent Girl, Shirley Ann Grau's: Miss Yellow Eyes, John William Corrington's: Pleadings, Tom Dent's: Ritual Murder and Ellen Gilchrist's: Rich. Of note, there isn't much in the way of cops or PIs and criminals in this short story collection, and the ones there are aren't the strongest in this book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    John

    I am writing this review for Goodreads. This book is bite sized nuggets of pleasure. I liked every story, especially Poppy Z. Brite's "Mussolini and the American Jazz". This is the right book for somebody who has only short periods of time free to read. I am writing this review for Goodreads. This book is bite sized nuggets of pleasure. I liked every story, especially Poppy Z. Brite's "Mussolini and the American Jazz". This is the right book for somebody who has only short periods of time free to read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Stacy

    Great collection of noir stories, ranging from being written in 1843 to 2012. I especially liked the one included from Poppy Z. Brite. Recommended for those who like the darker, spookier side of New Orleans. --note -- these are not necessarily *ghost* stories.

  15. 4 out of 5

    J

    Most of the stories were written in the 19th century, and gives one an insight into the New Orleans of that era. I abandoned a couple of the stories. A quick read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    An amazing collection of short stories! Highly recommend.

  17. 4 out of 5

    JenniferM

    Great collection, cleverly organized

  18. 4 out of 5

    Peter Metcalfe

    A first class introduction to the Authors of New Orleans

  19. 4 out of 5

    Fantods

    Worth it for the unbelievable Tennessee Williams story, "Desire and the Black Masseur." Published in 1944! How! Worth it for the unbelievable Tennessee Williams story, "Desire and the Black Masseur." Published in 1944! How!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Schrecengost

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jason Eddlestone

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany Gilliam

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nathalie Debonville

  26. 5 out of 5

    Karen

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sherry

  28. 4 out of 5

    Steven Deibert

  29. 5 out of 5

    Beverly

  30. 4 out of 5

    Faisal

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