I suppose you’ll call this a confession when you read it. I don’t like the word confession. I prefer the phrase ‘blog post.'” Outside, the wind is howling like a banshee, and palm fronds are taking the fall like remorseful sinners. It’s as though mother nature herself, the crazy dame, is in a tizzy over Los Angeles Noir.
In the tradition of James Cain, Nathaniel West, Raymond Chandler and so many others who penned the first noir stories about our fair city, this anthology of noirish LA features new stories by Michael Connelly, Janet Fitch, Susan Straight, Naomi Hirahara, Denise Hamilton and many others. The seventeen stories are grouped into four only-in-LA categories that include different neighborhoods:
Part I: Police & Thieves (Mulholland, Koreatown, Leimert Park, San Marino)
Part II: Hollywoodlandia (Los Feliz, Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, East Hollywood)
Part III: East of La Cienega (Downtown, Los Angeles River, Commerce, Fairfax District, Mid-City)
Part IV: The Gold Coast (Pacific Palisades, Mar Vista, Belmont Shore, Westchester)
Yeah, you read it right. And for all of you Los Angeles cats and chicks, it gets even better.
Denise Hamilton and the bevy of supremely talented noir writers that contributed stories to this book are signing all over town this week. And the book will be, yes, you guessed it – available for signing at the readings two weeks before the rest of the country gets it.
Full schedule of readings here.