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Santa Cruz Noir (Akashic Noir) Kindle Edition
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"Santa Cruz Noir is teeming with other local details that will make readers do similar double takes. It's divided into three sections, the first of which is called 'Murder Capital of the World,' as if to put any question of when Santa Cruz's notorious serial killer lore is going to come up immediately to rest."
--Good Times Santa Cruz, cover feature
"Concluding with a serious gutpunch of a story, Santa Cruz Noir is a worthy addition to the series, one that proves no locale is too outre for the Akashic Noir treatment."
--San Francisco Book Review
"Another stellar installment in the marvelous Akashic Noir series of anthologies that take readers around the world...In these stories, you will find struggle and cruelty, madness and kindness, and everything human. I recommend it highly."
--Tonstant Weader Reviews
"In June, Akashic has three of the more exciting recent installments to its wildly popular Noir city series: Santa Cruz, Lagos, and São Paolo. The Lagos volume is a standout, with Chris Abani serving as editor and tapping into the city's vibrant literary scene, but Santa Cruz and São Paolo both have plenty to be excited about, especially if you're a fan of seaside noir or Brazilian fiction. These are three vibrant, international cities with distinct cultures and social issues best explored through noir."
--CrimeReads, included in "Summer's Most Anticipated Crime, Mystery, and Thrillers"
"There's also plenty of human-on-human crime. There are intricate plots, sketchier plots, dubious motives, inscrutable movites, downright creepiness, edgy stuff, and wonderful humor. Something for everyone's taste in noir."
--Escape Into Life
"Santa Cruz Noir, an electric, wide-ranging collection of short stories edited by local legend Susie Bright, is a book about the paradox of Santa Cruz, the zen and the gunshots, the perfect waves and their broken riders, the million-dollar houses and the flooded homeless encampments. The book is structured from north to south, beginning with tales of bodies not entirely buried on lonely northern beaches and ending in unforgiving agricultural fields to the south. The stories are also grouped into thematic sections, starting with "Murder Capital of the World"--bloody fever dreams of bad drugs and hitchhiking gone terribly wrong. Fair warning: These stories are as grisly as a good episode of Game of Thrones and just as addictive."
--Bookshop Santa Cruz Newsletter
"A few [stories] spotlight surfing, a few more feature psycho killers on the loose, and others offer magical overtones."
--Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B076QFNGVJ
- Publisher : Akashic Books (June 5, 2018)
- Publication date : June 5, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 5382 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 265 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #239,451 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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SANTA CRUZ NOIR is a new title in Akashic Book’s quite eclectic Noir series.
The series was ‘launched’ in 2004 with BROOKLYN NOIR. Each story is set in a distinct neighborhood or location within a particular city (or state or area).
I believe that all titles follow a certain format.
There is an excellent introduction by the editor(s); a map (I love the map) of the particular locations; a Table of Contents; an About the Contributors section; and acknowledgements.
Of course I love the maps - I feel ‘one with the book’ and more familiar with an area. The introductions are quite good - very chatty with an ‘insider’ voice - setting a tone and a sense of place. I find the introductions to be very well-written and welcoming. A ‘step into my parlor said the spider to the fly’ approach. Susie Bright is the editor of SANTA CRUZ NOIR and her introduction is excellent.
The book included the following stories, their authors and their locations:
“Buck Low” by Tommy Moore (North Coast
“Whatever happened to Skinny Jane?” by Ariel Gore (Pacific Avenue
“Monarchs and Maidens” by Margaret Elysia Garcia (Capitola)
“54028 Love Creek Road” by Jessica Breheny (Bear Creek Road)
“Possessed” by Naomi Hirahara (Mount Hermon)
“Wheels of Justice” by Jon Bailiff (Steamer Lane)
“Mischa and the seal” by Liza Monroy (Cowell’s
“First Peak” by Peggy Townsend (Please Point)
“Safe Harbor” by Seana Graham (Seabright)
“Miscalculation” by Vinnie Hansen (Yacht Harbor)
“To live and Die in Santa Cruz” by Calvin McMillin (UCSC)
“Treasure Island” by Micah Perks (Grant Park)
“Flaming Arrows” by Wallace Baine (Soquel Hills)
“The Big Creep” by Elizabeth McKenzie (The Circles)
“Death and Taxes” by Jill Wolfson (Mission Street)
“The Strawberry Tattoo” by Maceo Montoya (Aptos)
“Crab Dinners” by Lou Mathews (Seacliff)
“Pinballs” by Beth Lisick (Corralitos)
“The Shooter” by Lee Quarnstrom (Watsonville)
“It Follows Until It Leads” by Dillon Kaiser (San Juan Road)
The first four stories were very scary for me; more like a ‘horror noir’ approach. “54028 Love Creek Road” had me on the edge of my seat.
I liked the Jane Austen tidbits in “To Live and Die in Santa Cruz”.
“Crab Dinners” was a favorite of mine. Cockfighting -who knew all these details! Well-written; a detective story; cockfighting arenas; true noir.
Most of these stories were a bit too plausible - very spooky.
There are over 75 titles in Akashic Books’ Noir series. Pick a title - any title - and your reading habits will be changed forever.
Santa Cruz is famously a beach and surfing city, with a lot of eccentric characters. But it’s also home for a lot of people who live on the fringe, and they take the lead in many of these stories. There are surfers who just aren’t viable, either emotionally or financially. There are people from the rural areas to the south of Santa Cruz, in tough straits and criminal temptations. And there are the people — teachers, private investigators, . . . — who, either by choice or the class stratifications woven into American culture, barely swim at the surface.
The locations of the stories are distinctive and evocative of Santa Cruz life — Pacific Avenue downtown, the woods and hills of UC Santa Cruz, the surfing spots at Steamer Lane, Cowell’s, and Pleasure Point, . . . I was surprised to see a story set even in my own neighborhood, The Circles.
Some stories also conjure the kinds of attitudes and noirish disorders that plague people no matter where they live, like people who act as though the world is truly against them, that the guy who got to the stop sign first (or to the lineup at Steamer Lane first) is a jerk for it. Everybody is just a jerk, and it’s my job to fight back.
The stories are pretty dire — the first set of stories take up the theme of serial killers. It’s definitely not soft, touristy, beachy noir. Characters are disturbed, bent on destruction, just like in all noir stories, but maybe even with a little harder, more desperate edge.
If you live in Santa Cruz, you’ll enjoy that maybe slightly perverse pleasure of seeing your city in its worst lights. If you don’t live in Santa Cruz, this may not be the tourist industry’s best marketing tool, but you will get a flavor of what’s under the rocks at the beach or buried among the redwoods.