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Book Title: New Orleans Noir|
The author of the book: Julie Smith
Edition: Akashic Books
The size of the: 5.47 MB
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Date of issue: April 1st 2007
ISBN 13: 9781933354248
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Reader ratings: 5.4
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i really enjoyed this book. who knows, maybe i would not have loved it as much without katrina, but katrina happened, ain't a thing i can do about it, unfortunately.
noir, broadly defined (is intrinsically linked to a deep (if possibly controversial) attachment to the city and its neighborhoods, so i think the format, of dividing the stories by neighborhoods, works well. the city, as in many of the stories here, especially the post-katrina ones, is a city that's going to seed. at the same time, the characters love it. they love it even when it lets them down. they love it even when it's dangerous and tragic. they love it with an unbreakable heart.
i am someone who's quite in love with descriptions of seedy locales, both internal (dives, clubs, brothels) and external (rundown 'hoods, industrial wastelands, etc.), so that, too, spoke to me.
but i really, really liked the characters, which is another feature of the noir. however scuzzy, however morally shady they are, however loserish, noir characters are characters you can't help but like. they are good at heart. they would do better if they just could. they are down on their luck. often they do the right thing only because they can't help doing otherwise.
this would be, for instance, jack in angola south, by ace atkins, a black (yes?) cop who tries to hold it together, in spite of the utter breakdown of post-katrina civilization. people who looted a bottle of water (i don't remember the details -- i'm making this one up) are in the same makeshift jail cells as people who shot and maimed. in fact (doesn't another story mention this?) the only thing that seems to work in post-k. N.O. is the swift transport of apprehended criminals from the makeshift cells at the train station (again, maybe not getting the details right) to angola. the fact is that jack does not hold it together, not really, because, frankly, it's mayhem out there. but there's something tough and old-worldly to his lone, watchful, dedicated patrolling, to his sleeping in hard chairs, to his wading in the deep city swamp to catch a shooter who turns out to be a dead kid.
stories i really liked (short version, to keep this post from being too long):
two-stories brick houses by patty friedmann. not exactly noir, but chilling and powerful. i guess uptown in a nice part of town? i guess this is about the ghosts that haunt the well-off, the white people who live in nice houses and whose parents were killed in the holocaust. because this is definitely a story about class.
another story about class (and, inevitably, race), but with a nice & happy leftist/social justice twist at the end: loot by julie smith.
i loved james nolan's open mike, partly because i really dug the narrator, partly because i loved reading about the french quarter, and more than partly (imagine a large part) because of the writing. finally, i liked it for the moral debacle of the end. we all do what we can. no heroes in noir.
barbara hambly's there shall your heart be also was a winner with me, too. really really cool.
maureen tan's muddy pond stuck with me, and so did christine wiltz's night taxi, because the bad guys get it at the end, and because the tension is awesome.
i could go on. i'm picking at random. one more: the closing story, marigny triangle, by eric overmyer, because of how it's written, loose and desperate and obsessive, and because it brings home how sometimes the world really, really sucks.
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Read information about the authorAuthor of 20 mystery novels and a YA paranormal adventure called BAD GIRL SCHOOL (formerly CURSEBUSTERS!). Nine of the mysteries are about a female New Orleans cop Skip Langdon, five about a San Francisco lawyer named Rebecca Schwartz,two about a struggling mystery writer named Paul Mcdonald (whose fate no one should suffer) and four teaming up Talba Wallis, a private eye with many names, a poetic license, and a smoking computer, with veteran P.I. Eddie Valentino.
In Bad GIRL SCHOOL, a psychic pink-haired teen-age burglar named Reeno gets recruited by a psychotic telepathic cat to pull a job that involves time travel to an ancient Mayan city. Hint:It HAS to be done before 2012!
Winner of the 1991 Edgar Allen Poe Award for best novel, that being NEW ORLEANS MOURNING.
Former reporter for the New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE and the San Francisco CHRONICLE.
Recently licensed private investigator, and thereon hangs a tale.
Resident of New Orleans, Louisiana
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