Friday, May 14, 2010

Hard Boiled LA

If you are feeling particularly "noir-ish" and in the mood for something dark and dangerous, you might give Los Angeles Noir 2: the Classics a try. Edited by Denise Hamilton (author of the "Eve Diamond" series and The Last Embrace), this anthology features works by a veritable who's who of noir fiction. The stories span the 1930s to 1990s and each is set in a different Los Angeles neighborhood.

Raymond Chandler, James M. Cain (who wrote The Postman Always Rings Twice in a little rented house right here in Burbank, California), Ross MacDonald, Margaret Millar, Leigh Brackett, Walter Mosley, James Ellroy, naomi Hirahara are among the authors spotlighted in this latest entry in the popular series by Akashic Noir. Ms. Hamilton, who also edited the award winning Los Angles Noir, has done an excellent job of choosing the stories for her follow-up edition.

As in most anthologies, some stories are stronger than others and I must say that my favorites were the ones written by husband-and-wife Ross MacDonald and Margaret Millar, and Leigh Brackett's "I Feel Bad Killing You," written in the 1940s. I highly recommend this foray into L.A.'s dark side.

Originally posted by Aunt Agatha on her Death in the Stacks blog! Worth checking out as dear old Auntie knows her mysteries!

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