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San Francisco Noir (Akashic Noir) (Paperback)

San Francisco Noir (Akashic Noir) By Peter Maravelis (Editor), Robert Mailer Anderson (Contribution by), Will Christopher Baer (Contribution by) Cover Image
By Peter Maravelis (Editor), Robert Mailer Anderson (Contribution by), Will Christopher Baer (Contribution by)
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Brand new stories by: Domenic Stansberry, Barry Gifford, Eddie Muller, Robert Mailer Anderson, Michelle Tea, Peter Plate, Kate Braverman, David Corbett, Alejandro Murgu a, Sin Soracco, Alvin Lu, Jon Longhi, Will Christopher Baer, Jim Nesbit, and David Henry Sterry.

San Francisco Noir lashes out with hard-biting, all-original tales exploring the shadowy nether regions of scenic Baghdad by the Bay. Virtuosos of the genre meet up with the best of S.F.'s literary fiction community to chart a unique psycho-geography for a dark landscape.

From inner city boroughs to the outlands, each contributor offers an original story based in a distinct neighborhood. At times brutal, darkly humorous, and revelatory--the stories speak of a hidden San Francisco, a town where the fog is but a prelude to darker realities lingering beneath.

An entertaining anthology of overheated short stories by local writers...Here the city becomes the central character, the strongest on the page.
--San Francisco Chronicle

Reflecting changing conditions, multicultural authors are well represented here, and female writers definitely make their mark...There's enough here to cause us to want more.
--Library Journal

Take an intermission from your Hitchcock marathon, and turn instead to the 15 stories between the covers of San Francisco Noir for the SF-based suspense you crave. Luring you deep into the criminal heritage of your own backyard, each piece of the collection transcends the traditional elements of noir and helps redefine the moody genre.
--7 7 Magazine

The protagonists of noir fiction have their own agendas, but for readers much of the pleasure is unraveling the mystery and deciphering the clues that constitute a city, and if there is a love story in noir writing it's the passion of writers, readers, and protagonists for the gritty geographical details. As the bodies drop in the strong stories here, steep, fog-wrapped, fratricidal San Francisco comes alive: here are old neighborhoods, bars, bookstores, the famous and then forgotten landlord arson at 16th and Valencia, buried streams, streetcars, parks, a lost city and the new city haunting almost every page of this gorgeous anthology of San Francisco noir.
--Rebecca Solnit

I was wondering about the city's shadowside that the guides didn't show. These top writers are of the 'As bad as it gets' brand, and then worse. If you like puke, fear & loathing caused by stray bullets, happenstance getting the hero who is an anti-hero really, a male corpse rotting in the bathtub while the woman poops in the garden, the Reverend Christmas shot in the ear by the PO-lice, then this is your good read for a murky, maybe even gritty, weekend.
--Janwillem van de Wetering

San Francisco has long been a city of back alleys and black figures; this is its romantic map.
--Michael Ray, Editor, Zoetrope All-Story

About the Author

Peter Maravelis is a native San Franciscan with a life-long involvement in the art and literary scenes. He programs the events calendar at City Lights Bookstore and is editor of the first volume of San Francisco Noir. He's been known to occasionally moonlight with PIs. He was the editor of the first volume of San Francisco Noir.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781888451917
ISBN-10: 1888451912
Publisher: Akashic Books
Publication Date: October 1st, 2005
Pages: 325
Language: English
Series: Akashic Noir