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Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. A roster of Bay Area authors lends solid street cred to 15 original stories, but few deliver on the elusive noir premise .
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Sort order. Oct 08, David Hallstrom rated it it was ok. This collection begins strong with stories and authors that qualify as classics and Noir. But the quality of the stories and the authors quickly descends and never recovers.
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This is the only book I have purchased in this series and I promise I will not be back for more. Jan 08, Sarah rated it really liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
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To view it, click here. Some really powerful stories here. Among my favorites are: Marcia Muller's story that finds her sleuth trying to figure out the story of a potential suicide, which quickly becomes a murder; Bill Prozini's poignant story of a man who finally can't take it anymore and shoots up his neighborhood, Dasheill Hammet's in the first story I've ever read by him story about a rash of mysterious suicides and the disappearance of two sister's, Janet Dawson's story of two street children struggling to survive Some really powerful stories here.
Among my favorites are: Marcia Muller's story that finds her sleuth trying to figure out the story of a potential suicide, which quickly becomes a murder; Bill Prozini's poignant story of a man who finally can't take it anymore and shoots up his neighborhood, Dasheill Hammet's in the first story I've ever read by him story about a rash of mysterious suicides and the disappearance of two sister's, Janet Dawson's story of two street children struggling to survive, and last but not least John Shirleys' tail of divine retribution of a thief and murderer.
I will definitely look up more stories by Shirley. Overall, a great book May 12, Tuxlie added it Shelves: crime. May 10, Denise added it Shelves: abandoned. Each story I started just didn't grab me. At one point I had forgotten that I read the Ambrose Bierce - obviously more reflection of my state of mind than of the author's talent. Sometimes you're just not in the mood.
This is the only Noir book to date that I've returned relatively unread. So I said to the book as I returned it to the library: Really, it's me - not you. Do you think it will forgive me? DD Phila.
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Jun 22, Taylor Bell rated it liked it. There are some really fantastic short stories in here. For the most part, I liked the older more mystery-like stories by Hammett, Twain and the like, but there are some intriguing newer ones, too. Some very nice SF details integrated into the descriptions- very satisfying if you love the city by the bay!
Feb 04, Alvin rated it liked it. This volume wanders a bit, including stories that to my mind don't qualify as noir. SF Noir 1 was noir-ier. Jul 10, Catherine rated it really liked it Shelves: read-in Wonderful collection of stories.
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Oct 07, Alfred Bates rated it it was amazing. The LA Noir 2 book was better in my opinion, but this one still had some great short stories.
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Jack London's was tied with Dashiell Hammett's story for the best. May 20, Jennifer rated it it was amazing Shelves: adult-fiction. A collection of classic short noir stories set in SF. How could this not be awesome?
Jan 01, Christy added it. Ben rated it really liked it Oct 28, Benjamin L rated it it was amazing Nov 28, Terri Edwards rated it liked it Mar 24, Loretta rated it liked it Dec 07, Cristy Emmnm rated it liked it May 14, Andrea rated it liked it Dec 14, Jon Bate rated it really liked it Dec 23, Katie Byrum rated it liked it Apr 22, Michele rated it really liked it Jun 24, Tony rated it it was ok Jun 23, Gaygeek rated it liked it Feb 01, Becky Roth rated it really liked it Jun 27, Here the city becomes the central character, the strongest on the page.
There's enough here to cause us to want more. 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. 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.
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