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Product Details

  • 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
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,346 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I gave LA noire the collected stories five star's because like the video game which I only got to play a little of gameplay which was good I felt the stories were well told and without going into to much details its a good read and nothing to dislike about it I recommend to anyone who played the game and beat it unlike me and enjoyed it because the short stories are just as good
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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! I am a criminal justice major and I found that the detective work in this video game mirrored the same ways detectives in the field would handle cases. Really loved that you could ask people questions and assess whether they were telling you the truth or not! I love Rockstar games and this is no exception! Highly recommend!
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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. However, I am wondering how many gamers actually read books? I feel like I am one of the very few people who reads books and also plays video games.

I did enjoy the story collection.
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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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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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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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I am an LA detective fan and have read them all Connelly (the best), Crais, Chandler, Ellroy etc. So I am a sucker for the genre. And these stories had a little of all of them. I think it was $1. You won't go wrong.
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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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