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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Akashic Books,U.S. (6 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933354259
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933354255
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 3 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,911,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Presents an anthology of chilling stories, each set in a distinct neighborhood of the Bronx, with contributions by such noted mystery writers as Thomas Adcock, Kevin Baker, Lawrence Block, and Suzanne Chazin.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 16 Jan. 2008
Format: Paperback
The 'City Noir' series of books collects together short crime/thriller stories, all based around the city or district in the title. That works both for and against the books -- you get an in-depth and detailed portrayal of each area, but as there are 20 or 30 stories in each collection then there does tend to be quite a bit of overlap, and a fair amount of repetition.
There are so many crime stories set in New York that the compilation based here, like Bronx Noir, are extremely tightly focused on a small group of city blocks. For anyone who knows the area intimately it must be fascinating -- for the rest of us it's like getting a snapshot of the moment after the cameras stop rolling, when everyone thinks they've escaped scrutiny...
As with any compilation of short stories, the quality of the tales in Bronx Noir varies from excellent to average. There are no out-and-out bad stories; but there are plenty of sad ones. Only a few of these tales are 'whodunnit' mysteries with a twist in the tail. The majority are drenched in the pathos and despair of inner-city decay, and they don't make for particularly lighthearted reading.
I suspect that I might have enjoyed a different volume from the Noir series a little more; maybe one of the books which looks at a whole city (San Francisco? Paris? London? Istanbul? Los Angeles? etc) would give a broader range of tales. But if you enjoy looking at a culture and its criminal underbelly in great detail then Bronx Noir would be a great place to start.
You may also want to read just a couple at a time: if you pound through the collection then the individual stories are robbed of their impact somewhat. So Bronx Noir is a good book to read as well as something else -- especially as it offers a huge amount of reading for not a lot of money. Excellent value, then.
I'll be trying others in the series...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Old School Short Stories w/ a Twist 8 Aug. 2007
By jen - Published on
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I really like this collection (maybe even more so because I'm from New York) because it evokes so much atmosphere as well as history and context to various regions in the Bronx, that I suspect many readers do not know too much about. But after reading these stories, you will come away with more than a feeling for this borough that is world famous yet still over-stereotyped and misunderstood.

These stories as a whole create a fine read with great atmosphere and setting and again, a sense of authentic history. But in the end these are well crafted short stories that are driven by characters who are haunted by their dreams and desires and flaws--many trying to right wrongs from the past, many still living in the midst of conflicts they cannot escape, some by their own creation.

My favorite stories are: Terrence Cheng's "Gold Mountain" (after reading this you will never look at a Chinese delivery man the same way again); Kevin Baker's "The Cheer's Like Waves" (set in and around Yankee Stadium); S.J. Rozan's "Hothouse" (Botanical Gardens, the writing is so sharp and clear); Joseph Wallace's "The Big Five" (if you've been to the Bronx Zoo, you will be chilled by this piece); and "The Prince of Arthur Avenue" by Patrick Picciarelli (puts a twist on the stereotypical gangster story).
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Extremely Mean Streets 29 July 2007
By Tom S. - Published on
Format: Paperback
Wow! Here's a rare batch of short mystery stories that really covers the full spectrum of styles and moods. All of the works here are set in NYC's Bronx, but the similarity ends there. Some of the authors are well-known, even bestselling, and a few are just getting started--but they all write at a very high level of excellence. From private eyes to shady ladies to desperate citizens at the end of their rope, each story creates a dark, frightening world. And that is the essence of "noir."

The best thing an anthology can do is introduce us to a wide range of writers, and this one really delivers. S.J. Rozan has assembled an impressive gallery of voices (including her own) with crime stories that shock, amuse, disturb, and--most importantly--entertain. This is a great addition to the great Akashic series of noir anthologies. Highly recommended.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Good Stuff 2 July 2008
By Backeast - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a very nice collection of short crime stories. They come with clever twists, snappy endings, true to life dialogue and of course a great setting, the Bronx! As a second generation Bronxite, reading this anthology was extra fun for me. The neighborhoods and locales are familiar, the characters are those you know, bumped shoulders with or tried to desperately avoid. These are people living on the low down, where the street is king. I don't usually care for short stories, but these held my attention. A variety of styles, often funny, and the right length. There is one story about the Bronx Zoo so positively creepy I couldn't finish it. Get the book and check it out, you'll see what I mean.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Interesting Visit To The Bronx 11 Aug. 2008
By Michael L. Slavin - Published on
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This was my third read of the Noir series. I enjoyed this collection. Not as much as the Manhattan book. But, more than the New Orleans venture. Any work that includes 19 different authors may suffer from some inconsistency. However, by and large this delivered. Particularly, I liked Jerome Charyn's White Trash; Terrence Cheng's Gold Mountain about an illegal Chinese immigrant delivery man who found ways to a financial windfall; Lawrence Block's Rude Awakening about a woman who murdered and robbed men she picked up in bars; Abraham Rodriguez,Jr.'s Jaguar about wealthy murderers who came from Westchester to find their victims; Steven Torres's Early Fall about about a young prostitute who met her fate;Joseph Wallace's The Big Five about would be game hunters who met their ends and Patrick Picciarelli's The Prince Of Arthur Avenue about an aging boss with years of service to La Cosa Nostra who was going senile. Definitely a fast paced worthy read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Fast Arrival! 2 Feb. 2013
By Henny - Published on
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It may not be brand new but nothing was written in it! Even though I might not need it for a couple of weeks, it came really fast! Thanks!
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