Kansas City Noir

Kansas City Noir Brand new stories from Daniel Woodrell Matthew Eck Catherine Browder Nancy Pickard John Lutz J Malcolm Garcia Kevin Prufer Linda Rodriguez Nadia Pflaum Phong Nguyen Andr s Rodriguez and oth

  • Title: Kansas City Noir
  • Author: Steve Paul
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  • Page: 126
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  • Brand new stories from Daniel Woodrell, Matthew Eck, Catherine Browder, Nancy Pickard, John Lutz, J Malcolm Garcia, Kevin Prufer, Linda Rodriguez, Nadia Pflaum, Phong Nguyen, Andr s Rodriguez, and others.Steve Paul has been a writer and editor at the The Kansas City Star since 1975 Currently the arts editor, he writes about music, books, architecture, food, and, occasioBrand new stories from Daniel Woodrell, Matthew Eck, Catherine Browder, Nancy Pickard, John Lutz, J Malcolm Garcia, Kevin Prufer, Linda Rodriguez, Nadia Pflaum, Phong Nguyen, Andr s Rodriguez, and others.Steve Paul has been a writer and editor at the The Kansas City Star since 1975 Currently the arts editor, he writes about music, books, architecture, food, and, occasionally, murder He s the author of Architecture A to Z An Elemental, Alphabetical Guide to Kansas City s Built Environment A former bookseller and a native of Boston, he has served as a board member and officer of the National Book Critics Circle.

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    About "Steve Paul"

    1. Steve Paul

      Steve Paul grew up in New England, landed in Kansas City with his family, and eventually logged a 40 plus year career as a newspaper writer and editor His journalism spans local and national news book criticism and the arts long form features on murder, art fraud, architecture and barbecue profiles of writers and musicians restaurant reviewing and editorial page editing and columnizing He s a former board member of the National Book Critics Circle as well as the onetime owner of a bookshop His latest book, Hemingway at Eighteen, is the product of many years of off and on research He s an active member in the international Ernest Hemingway Society, and co produced its 13th biennial conference in Kansas City in 2008.

    244 thoughts on “Kansas City Noir”

    1. If you mention noir to some people they automatically think of black and white movies with characters who wear trench coats and fedoras while smoking a lot of cigarettes. If that’s your version of noir, this collection would probably disappoint because Kansas City’s history of political corruption, gangsters, jazz clubs, and crazy little women really isn’t a big part of these stories.However, I tend to think of noir according to how Otto Penzler defined it once in an interview he did about [...]


    2. I was disappointed by this book. And most of my sense of disappointment is a consequence of a semantic quibble I have with it:The title of this anthology is Kansas City Noir. The editor, Steve Paul, explicitly states in his introduction that he left the definition of “noir” wide open when working with the contributing authors, to give them the widest possible latitude for creativity.I respect that, but the problem is that noir is, in fact, a fairly specific literary style. When I pick up a b [...]


    3. I was delighted with every single story in this book. I loved knowing the streets, the cops, the bars and restaurants, and especially the Kansas City culture.


    4. Fun read, especially if you know much about KC, either present or historically. I don't know he city super well, but enough so that this was an interesting collection of short noir stories. It's part of a pretty large series of different cities. I'll definitely check out some of the others. I will say that I have trouble with the endings of many of the stories, but I think that's more part of the genre, not any fault of the writers. I'm fairly green when it comes to noir writing, so I would defi [...]


    5. Good discussion everyone at book club over the weekend! I liked several of the stories and very much enjoyed the local references throughout the stories. There are even a few stories that I initially skipped but will give another chance after our meeting. I mostly skipped them because the writing style didn't "grab" me right away. Congrats to our local contributor Catehers was one of the best in the collection.


    6. Easy for me to rate highly since I know the city, its neighborhood, and its streets that appear in the stories. So for such a reader, the book holds much interest. For those not familiar with KC? Hmmm. As in all the "noir" series by the publisher, the stories are uneven, but that is to be expected. Targeting local audiences like this can be audacious but risky.



    7. “I deliberately failed to define “noir” to prospective contributors. As previous anthologies in this series have shown quite effectively, the term represents a big tent. So here you will indeed find serial killers, moral turpitude, and police detectives at work. But you are just as likely to encounter quieter tales of inner turmoil, troubled reflection, and anxiety.” –Steve PaulOne of Akhasic Press’ newest collection of new Noir stories is Kansas City Noir, with 14 stories based in v [...]


    8. "Light Bulb" by Nancy Pickard was selected for inclusion in The Best American Mystery Stories 2013, edited by Otto Penzler and Lisa Scottoline"Kansas City, famous for its jazz, its barbecue, and its shady history, provides the venue for this solid addition to Akashic's acclaimed noir anthology series."--Publishers Weekly"Hard-used heroes and heroines seem to live a lifetime in the storiesEach one seems almost novelistic in scope. Half novels-in-waiting, half journalistic anecdotes that are equal [...]


    9. The cover says it all - a polished Packard in the dim glow of city lights - Kansas City Noir is a classic fusion of film, music and food as true in the 40s as it is today. Set at the crossroads of the country, Kansas City is a jumping off place, and a nexus that draws you inexorably into it's guts. It's a raw noir of crazy bright insanity and dark blues and barbeque.There's three sections to the work: Heartland, Crazy Little Women and Smoke and Mirrors - I loved them all. It's hard to choose sta [...]


    10. This was a fun selection of 14 short noir stories. Each of the stories is more or less "noir," in that the settings are often bleak, the characters desperate and/or self-destructive in some way, there are elements of crime or transgression at the center of the stories, and the writing style is lean and tends toward the "hard-boiled." As in any anthology, there were stories that moved me more than others. I especially liked the frightening "Cat in a Box" by Kevin Prufer, the haunting "The Inciden [...]


    11. I listened to this book at work this summer and also on a road trip. The most compelling thing about this book was that all of the stories were based in or referenced Kansas City, so it was fun to actually picture the locations that were mentioned. Other than that, the stories were less than compelling and many of the characters were pretty unlikable. That being said, while I read mysteries, I'm less familiar with noir as a sub genre and this style may not be my kind of book. (I have picked up a [...]


    12. This book is a collection of short stories and as usual with such anthologies, some were better than others. That being said, you really do get a sense of the flavor of Kansas City, MO, from the "noir" angle. "Noir" can be defined, I guess, as the depiction of the seamier side of life, where Murphy's Law will usually prevail, friends will betray you, women are bitches, politicians are corrupt, despair is rampant and the outlook is heavily nihilistic. The book is one of a series of noir anthologi [...]


    13. I thought I would like this book more than I did. The book has definite highlights, but not enough of them. Perhaps I'd feel more fondly towards some of the so-so stories if I had a nostalgic connection to their setting. I don't know, but I'm still curious about several other Noir collections.(My full review appears on Glorified Love Letters.)


    14. Most of the stories are pretty good. One was so odd I had trouble figuring out what was happening and a few ended before they began. I read it in chunks and recommend doing it that way as the stories tend to shift focus and style abruptly. I really think this is more of a three and half stars, but give it up because most of the writing was good even if the story itself was mediocre


    15. There are some really good short stories that will surprise you as a readerd as someone from Kansas City really good descriptions of some of the areas. One of note that I really enjoyed was Catherine Browder and her contribution of The Incident. Ohd I want to read more about the history of The Dollmaker!


    16. This compilation of short stories was more gruesome than I like and definitely showed the worst side of people. Some of the stories settings brought back memories of my youth- I can remember driving through Mission Hills and wondering what the people who lived there were likee characters presented, at least in that story, didn't stir up any envy!


    17. Nice bunch of KC stories, places I know, knew, like the back of my hand. Great tough noir, some stories bummers but hey noir isn't usually happy stuff, though some could've used some humor. Some were outclassed. Woodrell had a kickass, hurtling, pell-mell story, breathlessly poetic. I recommend this and other city akashic noir books pretty highly.


    18. If I could give 2.5 stars I would. I liked the KC themes and settings, but not drawn to noir as I had hoped. I was drawn to the earlier tales like "The Pendergast Musket" and the sordid stories involving lost youth, like "Lightbulb."


    19. Very rough and raunchy tales of murder in the Kansas City area. As a "cozy" mystery lover, these stories were not my type, but I wanted to read them as they related to the city and the landmarks around town.


    20. Have enjoyed other (city) Noir collections I've read, didn't like the stories in this one. Am not familiar with Kansas City, though, or any of the authors who contributed to this, so that may be somewhat to blame.


    21. A very enjoyable collection of short stories about Kansas City. Really cool reading about the happenings, people, and landmarks of my hometown. Not all the stories are great, but overall, it is a solid collection by Kansas City writers.


    22. Kansas City bore. Ideology swamps storytelling for a mostly dross collection of short fictions. The idea that these are our future storytellers is more threatening than anything found on the pages. Eh, skip.


    23. It was great to read a book set in my hometown with places that I know. However this book was not my style. Some of the stories were okay but some were really boring. None of the stories I would consider good.


    24. I did enjoy this book although some of the stories were too dark for me. I loved reading about familiar locations in Kansas City. After discussing this at the NE book club, I definitely appreciated the book more. Cate Browder was a joy to listen to.


    25. I just picked this up at the library and thought I would give it a try. I like short stories in general, from O'Henry to Kafka. This book is a mixed bag of 14 short stories that take place in and around Kansas city. Some better than others.


    26. Overall I really liked this collection of stories. Some stories were too violent for me but they were written really well and that's all that matters to me.



    27. Love this book!Masterful story telling on every page. Buy this book. Support Kansas City writers. I will read this book over and over.



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