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Indian Country Noir (Akashic Noir) (Paperback) | Joseph Fox Bookshop
Be the first to write a review About this product. About this product Synopsis Akashic Books continues its award-winning series of original noir anthologies, launched in with Brooklyn Noir. With Indian Country Noir, readers can enter into a welter of troubled history throughout the Americas where the heritage of violence meets the ferocity of intent.
Book jacket. Enter the dark welter of troubled history throughout the Americas, where a heritage of violence meets the ferocity of intent. This sharp, stylised and ambitious anthology of Native American literature sees authors of Indian heritage or blood join non-Indian authors in creating these diverse, gripping, dubious and sleazy stories.
Step into Indian Country. View all 8 comments. Oct 01, Steve rated it really liked it Shelves: crime-badness-noir , fiction. Indian Country Noir is an anthology from the Akashic Noir series. Are there really that many good noir stories out there? Historically, geography which is the focus of each book in the series has played a role in Detective fiction, with various authors exploring the unique underbelly of their chosen cities.
The success or failure of each of these Akashic books probably depends a great deal on the work of the editors in ferreting out the good stuff. If so, Sarah Cortez and Liz Martinez did their job — and then some. In addition, Indian Country Noir is different than the other books in the series, since it focuses on a race of people Indians , not limiting the editors to a particular neck of the woods.
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The problems Indians face, racism, drugs, poverty, etc. And most of these stories drive that point home — sometimes with a heartbreaking sadness. A few comments below on the stories: 1. Robert E. Great kick off story. A young couple on the run, at the height of winter. Very polished piece of writing that combines the focus of the anthology with the elements of noir. Quite possibly the most classically noir story in the collection. This lady can write. A lot of mystical mumbo jumbo in the subway. Probably the weakest story in the collection. A haunted pond story that could just as easily showed up in your upper end horror anthologies.
The prose is darkly poetic, the kind that has you going back to re-read portions of it. The Indian element here seemed like a tack-on. That aside, this is a nasty, well paced piece that I really enjoyed. A by-the-numbers police story that has a detective and Sioux on the trail of a former Green Beret with woman issues.
The first few pages are laced with Spanish. I wanted to see what the author would do with that setting. Private investigator is kidnapped by a Mexican drug lord on the run. Solid if improbable story, with some good action. I liked the parking lot scene the best. The border is a mean place. An Indian with a drinking problem tries to get his life back together. The bleak Montana setting really adds to this one. This story could easily fit into a good literary journal. An old character actor and Indian has one more role to play.
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Terrific Elmore Leonard-like story, with double dealing , bad people, and great dialogue. Really nasty and mean story that takes place at a Michigan casino. What a pro. The flashbacks, after a while, got to be annoying and repetitive, messing with the overall flow of the story. Less would have been more. Outstanding end story for the collection. An Indian taking a long walk in the dark, filled with regrets, and something else. Very sad, very poetic. Nice placement by the editors. Jan 01, Francis rated it really liked it. If you like noir stories then the Akashic Noir series is always a good source for some dark tales.
The stories in this book are a little more varied than the title may suggest to you. Yes the theme is Indian but the locals cover most of North America and one from the Caribbean. Also surprising to me were several of the writers involved, mainly, Reed Farrel Coleman and Lawrence Block.
Not the first names that would come to my mind in an anthology with this title, but then both good tales as would If you like noir stories then the Akashic Noir series is always a good source for some dark tales. Not the first names that would come to my mind in an anthology with this title, but then both good tales as would be expected from these talented writers.
Short stories by many Naative American authors including the editors and Joseph Bruchac. Many stories involve solving murder mysteries or evil done to Native American characters. All stories well crafted, and interesting. Felt real. Aug 02, Chris rated it liked it Shelves: short-stories. Stories about Indians by Indians and non-Indians, that is the commone denominator in this unique non-geographic specific noir volume. I'm really enjoying this series. It should become a collectible. View all 4 comments. Dec 24, Les rated it liked it.
It was a mixed bag on this end. I skipped most of the non-indigenous writers and when I went back on that read to regret it "Getting Lucky" by Lawrence Block was horrible to read - who cares about a two-character story about two people not worth caring about.
It is noir, so some of the boilerplate story lines and verbiage how much can alcoholism be talked about within 14 stories when the stories come from across the U. The collection is divided into East, South, West and North and while I never had a chance at understanding "Dead Medicine Snake Woman" because I couldn't bend my mind that way these other three are in the West section. Each section had at least one story that made me want to check out an author's other work. Until I got to the North section, which closed the book. I could have done without all three of those stories though I tried to like "Prowling Wolves" but it felt like an Indian Odysseus just taking too long to get "home", but maybe if I read them out of order except for the Block story , I would have been able to get something out of Martinez's and Roppolo's contributions, which I wanted to like - but no dice.
Maybe I was too ready to finish the collection at that point. Interesting read and perhaps I'll check our more in the very extensive Noir series.
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They could stand to do another one of this one though - perhaps with some of the same authors while replacing others. Or not. This is kinda what I get for taking a shortcut instead of bothering with 20 minutes worth of research to find Native authors on my own. Had I done that I could have come across writers with a full range of indigenous backgrounds and if they are of mixed heritage, the blended background extending beyond different countries in Europe. Maybe that's already out there and I just need to look. Welp, this has become a personal reflection with a somewhat ambiguous assignment rather than a book review at this point so I'll stop here.
May 02, Diana rated it really liked it. It is a short story anthology published by Akashik Books and is part of its prolific and very popular Noir series. The settings are bleak, raw, sleazy, and often upsetting as are the characters. I lived in a state that has multiple established tribes, tribal areas and reservations. The Native Americans on the west side of my state have a history and culture completely different from the east side of the state. Not one story was set here. Nor were there any set in Alaska. This covered a Navajo and a drug cartel. Finally, there is North. The northern stories were a little more forlorn than some of the others but that was fitting for the north which is kind of mournful itself.
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