From Publishers Weekly
The 15 stories in this Akashic noir anthology mostly support Romano's thesis in his introduction: œPhiladelphia noir is different from the mood, the sensibility, the dimensions, of noir encountered in more glamorous American cities such as New York or L.A., because it is œordinary noir--the humble killings, robberies, collars, cold cases that confront people largely occupied with getting by. Dennis Tafoya, one of the better known contributors, exemplifies Romano's point with œAbove the Imperial, about a petty thief with a crush on a woman who works in the Chinese restaurant below his apartment. In contrast, a home invasion at the start of Solomon Jones's well-written œScarred turns out to be anything but ordinary. Halimah Marcus's œSwimming and Laura Spagnoli's œA Cut Above don't break any new ground, but their accounts of violent obsession and table-turning grip. Unsurprisingly, the book as a whole is comparable to Detroit Noir, another volume set in a less glamorous metropolis.
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"It's a collection enhanced by an unerring sense of place [...] that will please the most discriminating lovers of the dark side." --Kirkus Reviews, October 1, 2010
"It's a collection enhanced by an unerring sense of place [...] that will please the most discriminating lovers of the dark side." --Kirkus Reviews
"It took long enough for Akashic's noir series to get to Philly. Now that it has, compiled under the shadowy auspices of Inquirer literary critic/West Philly native Carlin Romano, the fun begins." --Philadelphia City Paper
"Carlin Romano assembles a balanced collection of stories from local writers reflecting the neighborhoods and sensibilities of the city and residents without romanticizing them. [... T]here's no story in PHILADELPHIA NOIR that should be excised, and nothing that I can't believe couldn't happen." --Syndicate Product Covert