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Product Details

  • Series: Akashic Noir
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Akashic Books; First Edition edition (April 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161775062X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617750625
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,283,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kaylie Jones: Kaylie Jones moved to Sagaponack in 1975, where her family continued to live for more than thirty years. She is the author of five novels, including A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries, and the memoir Lies My Mother Never Told Me. She teaches in the MFA program at Stony Brook Southampton, and in the Wilkes University low-residency MFA program in professional writing.


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I look forward to his future writings.
Kimberly Meyer Curran
In putting this collection together Jones has done a fine job of utilizing this setting while preying on our hopes and dreams.
JPenz
Other stories in the book contain very imaginative conceptual ideas.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JPenz on May 29, 2012
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In the intro Kaylie Jones writes, "The American dream of suburban bliss has never died, only grown more desperate, more materialistic, and less romantic..." The idea of Noir colliding with the supercilious progression of suburbia piqued my interest and I was not disappointed. These emotionally lost souls lead us through the terror that rattles us all whether we have a lawn to cut or not.

The stories are categorized into four parts: Family Values, Hitting it Big, Love and Other Horrors, and American Dreamers. In putting this collection together Jones has done a fine job of utilizing this setting while preying on our hopes and dreams. Her own story "Home Invasion" deals with a teenage girl who turns 17 and needs to defend herself against a predator. Her father, a WWII vet, is dying and the urgency to find protection grows too real. But what is more haunting than her fear is what she actual does to show what she will do to protect herself.

Charles Salzberg intertwines a tale of the past in "A Starr Burns Bright" to showcase how we need the fascination of past mysteries to find our purpose in the present. Tim McLoughlin's "Seven Eleven" is about a gambler chasing the big win, allowing all things to be a sign to strike big, even in the midst of self destruction.

Jules Feiffer adds the element of a graphic novel in the mix with "Boob Noir". JZ Holden's "Summer Love" is a personal favorite of mine in this collection as she describes a woman lost to the control of a man, knowing it's no good for her, but not being able to stop. Sheila Kohler's "Terror" scares us with the notion of losing a child.

There are more wonderful stories by Nick Mamatas and Tim Tomlinson and others.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen A. Ryan on May 25, 2012
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I had the pleasure of reading each story in this collection, the latest release in the AKASHIC BOOKS Noir series, to write a review for CriminalElement.com. Instead of rewriting the review, which touches upon each of the stories, I'm including a link:[...]. Kaylie Jones does a fine job in her dual role as Editor and Contributor ("Home Invasion"). The volume features stories from seasoned and emerging writers, including several award-winning authors.

For readers new to noir, one of the best descriptions of noir fiction is explained by Otto Penzler in his post: "Noir Fiction is About Losers, Not Private Eyes" [...]. My favorite part: "Pretty much everyone in a noir story (or film) is driven by greed, lust, jealousy or alienation, a path that inevitably sucks them into a downward spiral from which they cannot escape. They couldn't find the exit from their personal highway to hell if flashing neon lights pointed to a town named Hope. It is their own lack of morality that blindly drives them to ruin."

Anyone heading for the beaches this summer should get a copy of LONG ISLAND NOIR ~ a perfect beach read! Native and displaced Long Islanders will enjoy reading stories that take place in familiar locations. Thirteen stories take place in Suffolk, while four occur in Nassau (Garden City: "Anjali's America" by Dr. Qanta Ahmed; Long Beach: "A Starr Burns Bright" by Charles Salzberg; Wantagh: "Seven-Eleven" by Tim O'Loughlin; and Great Neck: "Past President" by Sarah Weinman).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Meyer Curran on February 13, 2013
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A great collection. Matthew McGevna is a highlight of this book. I look forward to his future writings. He is very talented.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MIKEM on October 12, 2012
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The latest in Akashic Books "Noir" series, this is a collection of short stories set on Long Island. As the name implies, each story is about crime and/or some other dark theme. The quality of the stories vary, but all of them are pretty good. Each is set in a different Long Island town, and they do serve to point out that Long Island, like other areas of the country, is a mixture of rich and poor, different ethnic groups, and subject to all the pains and pangs of humanity. Recommended for those who like short fiction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laurie A. Brown VINE VOICE on July 8, 2012
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This collection of short stories- one volume of a series of 'noir' books set in various locations- illustrates the dark side of Long Island. Usually thought of as boring suburbia, the area proves to be anything but in these tales of people in bad situations. Poverty, alcoholism, drugs, prejudice, spousal abuse, rape, revenge, murder; these are no pretty fantasy stories but grim reminders of what goes on all the time, most of it under the radar.

Editor (and contributor) Jones has done a good job selecting the stories; they represent quite an assortment of ways people's lives can go out of control. Not all the characters are on a downward slide because of their own actions; many are in their dark situations simply by bad luck. The variety of situations keeps the book interesting- none of the 17 stories is like the others despite being on the same theme. If you like your fiction down to earth and raw, this books for you.
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