Phoenix Noir (Akashic Noir) Paperback – November 1, 2009
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In any event, all the stories in Phoenix Noir are quite dark. At times frighteningly so. The book as a whole contains much interesting information about greater Phoenix, its geography and history. So native Arizonians and regular visitors will find plenty here to relate to.
The stories themselves are all competently written and atmospherically consistent with the noir genre. Three stars.
Now, nearly fifty years later, Patrick Millikin's "Phoenix Noir" captures perfectly that same sense of dread, suggesting that something may be terribly wrong at the core of this city. Millikin has recruited an impressive array of crime fiction writers who have contributed stories to this book, including Lee Child, Don Winslow, Jon Talton and James Sallis. The stories are uniformly good and cut a broad swath through the Valley of the Sun, both in time and in space, showing readers a side of Phoenix that the Convention and Visitors Bureau would never dare feature in its glossy brochures. The stories are gritty, sexy and violent, revealing the sordid underbelly of a city much better known these days for its sunshine and superficiality.
Millikin's own story, "Devil Doll," is among the best in the book, and the editor more than holds his own in the company of the better-known writers. Fans of noir fiction anywhere, but especially those who know the Phoenix area, will enjoy this collection immensely.