- File Size: 5728 KB
- Print Length: 122 pages
- Publisher: Mulholland Books (June 6, 2011)
- Publication Date: June 6, 2011
- Sold by: Hachette Book Group
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004YYWHAY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316,659 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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L.A. Noire: The Collected Stories Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Lansdale's NAKED ANGEL starts with the discovery of a murdered ice princess and quickly pulls the reader along to the frozen finale.
POSTWAR BOOM, by Andrew Vachss, takes the opposite tack. Two hard guys make preparations for a killing, until Vachss shocks the reader with a denouement that blasts away all genre expectations.
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Reading these tales is like a retreat into old noir movies. The Black Dahlia tells her side of the story, from her side of the grave; an LA cop recounts the pain of secrets that cannot be told; the sound of a neck breaking lifts your head from the page; the trickle of ice down your back... There's anger, betrayal, cruelty, temptation and vice in this collection, and the whole is encased in bite-sized, noir-flavored pieces, quickly read but slowly remembered, like the taste of a world that's not quite real.
Each different, each scary in a different way, each intriguing, each filled with character at least as much as events, each powerfully told, LA Noire contains a great collection of tales to read and enjoy in the darkening evening, and to leave your mind filled with thoughts of darkness that lies just beyond the glow of Sunset.
Disclosure: I was lucky enough to get a free ecopy of this book for review.
Megan Abbott and Lawrence Block wrote two powerhouses that are difficult to top, right at the start. Block's story was particularly gut wrenching, written in old-timer vernacular and all. Joyce Carol Oates' take on The Black Dahlia and Duane Swierczynski's James Ellroy insipired piece also grabbed me imagination. Andrew Vachss also closed the door in beauty with POSTWAR BOOM, the fan favorite. Los Angeles lives inside the heart of every American. That, Rockstar Games understood and got their best chronicler to give this mystifying city a proper literary treatment.
The authors are
Joe R. Lansdale
Joyce Carol Oates
I was a bit disappointed with Lansdale's story which was a shame as I have read and liked some of his books.
The Joyce Carol Oates story was really enjoyable and reminded a little bit of James Ellroy.
I haven't played the game yet but this could stand alone as a short story collection. For a free product this was fantastic and certainly a lot better than the Novellas that are sometimes based on games.
L A Noire is an enjoyable collection of crime stories written by some of the best crime writers in a hard boiled style reminiscent of Raymond Chandler and other hard boiled authors.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is by far one of my favorite video games of all time! This was the only video game I can say that made me stay up all night to try and finish! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Janae Fuqua
This is a collection of stories related to the Rockstar game by the same name. I like the promotional idea and it did make me want to play the game. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Hawk
Most of the stories are great in this book, but there are some avarage ones too.Published 4 months ago by Daniel G.
Noire seems to be out of favor these days, so nice to see it start to re-emerge. Content was a bit uneven in writing quality, but each story was interesting and overall was a good... Read morePublished 5 months ago by JGB_LAX
As a "Noir" fan.. I loved this collection of short stories, that compliment the game as a whole. GREAT READ!Published 15 months ago by cbranson09
A nice, varied collection of short noir fiction that continues the tone of the awesome game it was inspired by.Published 16 months ago by Tracie Simer
Not familiar with the game, but this is a fantastic collection. Megan Abbott's story is a standout.Published 17 months ago by Mr. and Mrs. Buddy Lee
Excellent compliment to the game. As a $1 purchase, you can't beat it. If you've never played LA Noire (a shame), but you liked LA Confidential, you should read these stories.Published 17 months ago by R. Soucy