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Book Review: New Orleans Noir


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New Orleans Noir

Edited by Julie Smith

2007 - Akashic Books


Dirty Amazon link: (helps support HAIF): New Orleans Noir (Akashic Noir)ir?t=haif-20&l=as2&o=1&a=1933354240

Clean Amazon link (doesn't support HAIF): http://www.amazon.com/New-Orleans-Noir-Akashic/dp/1933354240

This is a collection of about a dozen short stories by different authors, all set in New Orleans, and all dealing with murder. The book is divided into three sections: stories happening before, during, and after Katrina. Overall, the book is a good idea. In fact, it's part of a series of "noir" books that started with Brooklyn Noir and progressed to Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, and a bunch of other cities.

I don't know the stories set in those other cities are any good, but the ones from New Orleans Noir are mediocre at best. They never really engage you -- you just feel like a bystander while things happen. While the plots are good, the stories aren't written all that well.

It's nice to have a book you can pick up and put down, but once you put this one down you don't exactly look forward to picking it up.

I give it ** two stars out of five.

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