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10 thoughts on “Chicago Noir: The Classics

  1. says:

    Good compilation of short stories It is best read with a noir film accent in short staccato phrases As someone from Chicago, this was a fun read to see how things have changed in various neighborhoods over the years

  2. says:

    Meh Collection of short crime set in Chicago Not enough memorable stuff.

  3. says:

    There is a whole series of city specific noir books and as a result I m going to write just one review rather than a review of each one that I read.As with any book of short stories you ll have some bad stories, some meh , some that are okay and others that just might encourage you to check out a new author or two As said before each of the books are city specific i.e Chicago, Manhattan, Detroit, Venice, Montreal and so on you get the idea There is approximately a dozen or stories in each book.If you re looking for one particular genre i.e mystery then don t expect to get just that One definition of the genre is Taken from the French word meaning darkness or of the night, noir is a category of modern crime fiction Used for fiction of crime and detection, often in a grim urban setting, featuring petty, amoral criminals and other down and out characters, and permeated by a feeling of disillusionment, pessimism and despair The series, published by Akashic Books, seem to be about the same length about 250 pages The stories for the most part are enjoyable and I will look for in the series especially the Canadian locales Fun books to read Recommended.

  4. says:

    Good collection of Chicago based short stories made better by my recent trip to Chicago I recognized many of the places discussed The best of the group Sandra Cisneros, Richard Wright, Nelson Algren, and Stuart Dybek.

  5. says:

    i personally disliked the modern crime ending but rejoiced in the discovery of the excerpt from the price of salt happy ending lesbian pulp from the 50s, mind blowing

  6. says:

    Sent book to Chris

  7. says:

    Very solid, as always.

  8. says:

    I have never really delved into noir stories before, and this was a great read to get started Looking forward to reading anthologies in this series Los Angeles, New York.

  9. says:

    pretty good collection of mysteries and hard boiled detectives and such

  10. says:

    Chicago Noir The Classics is my ninth experience with the wonderful Akashic Books series of noir short stories since I discovered them a while back In addition to this Chicago collection, I have enjoyed the books set in Manila, Belfast, Long Island, Boston, Mexico City, the Lone Star state of Texas, Providence, and one set entirely inside prisons I was particularly interested in getting my hands on Chicago Noir because that city s reputation for political corruptness is the first thing that many people think when they hear the word Chicago Even the book s editor, Joe Meno, stressed that reputation in his introductory comments Only in Chicago do instituted color lines offer generation after generation of poverty and violence, only in Chicago do the majority of recent governors do prison time, only in Chicago do the dead actually vote twice With its public record of bribery, cronyism, and fraud, this is a metropolis so deeply divided by race, ethnicity, and class that sociologists had to develop a new term to describe this unfortunate bifurcation As Nelson Algren best put it, Chicago is and has always been a city on the make But all that said, the stories in Chicago Noir seem to stretch the definition of noir to a greater degree than any of the other collections I m familiar with Granted, these stories are labeled as The Classics, and some of them are decades old, but I found myself wondering several times whether they really fit in this particular collection There is, for instance, a wonderful story from 1945 by Richard Wright called The Man Who Went to Chicago While this is one of my two favorite stories from the entire collection, I struggle to fit it within the confines of my personal definition of the term noir It takes place entirely within a Chicago Medical District research lab, and the only crimes committed are an aborted knife fight that causes damage to the lab and the workers decision to cover up the fact that the resulting damage ruined the research studies being conducted there It is dark only in the sense that it exposes the horrible racial discrimination so common to those times.Now, my other favorite story from Chicago Noir The Classics leaves no room to doubt that it belongs in any collection of noir fiction This one is called I ll Cut Your Throat Again, Kathleen, and it was written by Fredric Brown way back in 1948 The story is brutal, has a couple of unforgettably duplicitous characters in it, and the most shocking ending of any story in the entire collection It is only the second time I have read Fredric Brown and it is enough to make me search for of his work.As in most short story collections, the stories in Chicago Noir The Classics are a bit uneven Perhaps that is purposeful and done in hopes that there is something in the collection that will appeal to everyone who picks it up If so, that might be a legitimate reason for packaging them together But a couple of stories were so formulaic that I wished I had not bothered with them at all It s as if they were written to spec even though they were from 1995 and 2009 But overall, this is a worthy addition to the Akashic Books noir series, and I am happy to add it to my collection.

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