Los Angeles Noir


Style: Anthology of Short Stories

Edited by Denise Hamilton
LA Noire for Xbox 360 is finally out! Honestly, I’ve been counting down the days for some time now, and I can’t wait to don my fedora and do a little sleuthing in a recreated 1940’s Los Angeles. To quote the famous Humphrey Bogart: “[It’s] the stuff that dreams are made of.” 

Okay… Mr. Sam Spade in the Maltese Falcon (classic noir novel and film) may have been referring to a big gold bird, but if he had an Xbox back in the Depression he would’ve been just as excited as me. 

Anyway, in honor of that oh-so-awesome video game, I picked up a copy of Los Angeles Noir (I think the video game messed up the spelling), which is an excellent anthology of murder mysteries and detective stories that all take place in the City of Angels. Some of the authors include famed crime author Michael Connelly, Janet Fitch, Susan Straight, Tector Tobar, and L.A. Times reporter Denise Hamilton. My personal favorite so far is the short by Janet Fitch, which takes place in Beverly Hills and involves a rather complicated jewelry heist. The anthology reminds us that L.A. is the home of the noir genre (made famous by Hollywood, the gritty narratives usually revolve around a rather dark and intricate mystery), and each story reflects that concept rather potently. Streetwise characters, unethical behavior, and copious amounts of crime all set within icon locales throughout Los Angeles; this anthology is a definite must for any fan of the genre.

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