Boston Noir 2

Boston Noir 2

The Classics

Book - 2012
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Edited by three acclaimed genre authors, a second volume of classic short fiction reprints includes pieces by such leading writers as Joyce Carol Oates, Robert B. Parker and David Foster Wallace.
"What is noir and what is not inhabits a gray area. Its definition is continually expanding from the previous generation's agreed-upon notion that noir involves men in fedoras smoking cigarettes on street corners. Noir alludes to crime, sure, but it also evokes bleak elements, danger, tragedy, sleaze, all of which is best represented by its root French definition: black. We used this idea as our guide for this sequel to the best-selling Boston Noir anthology."--From dust jacket.
Publisher: New York, NY : Akashic Books, 2012.
ISBN: 9781617751370
Call Number: BOSTON
Characteristics: 251 p. : map, ports. ; 21 cm.
Subjects: Noir fiction, American.
Boston (Mass.) -- Fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction
Noir fiction.
Short stories.
Alternative Title: Boston noir two : the classics


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Jun 17, 2019

There are a few good stories here and a few stinkers. I don't think I will ever understand the appeal some have for David Foster Wallace's writing. I found myself utterly confused by the second paragraph. Maybe it's a stylistic thing with him, but I found his writing to be a mishmash of words strung together with no coherent flow, very confounding. Chuck Hogan's story on the other hand flowed straight on through to the end.


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