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L.A. Noire: The Collected Stories Kindle Edition

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  • 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
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Whitney O'Connor on June 12, 2011
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Two excellent stories, respectively by Joe Lansdale and Andrew Vachss, anchor a solid collection of short tales set in 1947 Los Angeles. Although the anthology is timed to support the release of the eponymous Rockstar videogame, both gamers and noir-lovers will find a completely independent pleasure in reading it.

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.

Read this book now!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Caren on June 13, 2011
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L.A. Noire is a great collection of stories by some of my favorite authors. What a fun read! Jonathan Santlofer put together this collection and it turns out that my favorite story is his. "What's in a Name?" is riveting, scary, and funny (just like all of Santlofer's terrific books.) I couldn't help but think that this would be a terrific movie! In fact, I always feel this way when I read Santlofer's books.
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The ads for the game, LA Noire, look fun. It's not available on PC though so I guess it'll be a while before my guys start playing it. Still, the idea of a fictional LA, noir and as filled with stories as the movies I remember, is certainly intriguing. Even more intriguing was finding a book of tales built to go with the game; getting hold of a free ecopy to review was the icing on the cake.

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.
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I'm not usually big on anthologies, but I had a good time with that one. It was short, action packed and the stories were highly cohesive with one another. It's always a thing for me, to keep things in a coherent universe. L.A NOIRE : THE COLLECTED STORIES is about the broken soul, attracted by the seductive ghost of post-war riches in the land of perdition. Traumatized veterans, opportunistic mobsters and, of course, the broken girl. She'll always remain an object of fascination, will she?

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 3, 2014
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A great collection of story's put together by rockstar. Forget about the crappy game and enjoy this great anthology.
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Some of these stories were great and really did create a "noir" atmosphere without coming across as parody.

The authors are
Megan Abbot
Lawrence Block
Joe R. Lansdale
Joyce Carol Oates
Francine Prose
Jonathan Santlofer
Duane Swierczynski
Andrew Vachss

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.
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LA Noire is a collection of crime stories written in the older style of police-detective novels and pulp fiction. These stories were compiled by Rockstar Games as they were preparing for production of a new video game. The stories were entertaining and some were thought provoking. My favorite was The Black Dahlia and White Rose, a story dealing with Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Short, the Black Dahlia.

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.
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By breachingtheweb on June 28, 2011
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This is a very good collection of noir stories, by some well-known authors. I am not familiar with the video game it is based on -- I bought this book when it was free because I had already spent my Kindle "allowance" for the month. I did not expect more than just a time-filler from it. I was pleasantly surprised by how good the stories were, especially Joe Lansdale's and Joyce Carol Oates. Oates's story has haunted me since I read it. This is a worthwhile book that stands alone on its own merits.
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