Buffalo Noir

Buffalo Noir Review

Akashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each story is set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the city of the book.

Featuring brand-new stories by: Joyce Carol Oates, Lawrence Block, Ed Park, Gary Earl Ross, Kim Chinquee, Christina Milletti, Tom Fontana, Dimitri Anastasopoulos, Lissa Marie Redmond, S.J. Rozan, John Wray, Brooke Costello, and Connie Porter.

Buffalo, New York, is still the second-largest metropolis in the state, but in recent years its designation as the Queen City has been elbowed aside by a name that's pure noir: The City of No Illusions. Presidents came from here; and in 1901, a president was killed here while visiting the Pan-American Exposition, by a man who checked into a hotel under a name that translates as Nobody.

As Buffalo saw its prosperity wane, those on the outside could only see harsh winters and Rust Belt grit, chicken wings and sports teams that came agonizingly close. (Vincent Gallo's Buffalo 66 is less the doomed quest of a would-be assassin than the collective fever dream of every Bills fan.)

Anyone who has spent more than a few days in Buffalo will tell you that this city can spar with any other major American metropolis in the noir arena. This highly anticipated entry in the Akashic Noir Series includes stories from Buffalo-affiliated mystery titans as well as up-and-comers.

Title:Buffalo Noir

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    Buffalo Noir Reviews

  • Nancy

    I'm a big fat liar. I did not read this entire book. I never had any intention of reading all of these stories. I picked it up with the intention of only reading 2 stories. Which I did. And they were ...

  • Fox

    I received this book for free through the GoodReads first reads program in exchange for an honest review. Buffalo Noir is part of a series of books that Akashic Press is releasing. Each book pertains ...

  • Benjamin

    Limited source material, but really fun to read about the places and people in Buffalo....

  • Frederick Allen

    Buffalo Noir is a collection of short stories written by Buffalo, NY natives about the city of Buffalo using the Noir Genre of Fiction. I started reading this book after I received it through the Good...

  • Virginia Campbell

    Buffalo, New York, also called "The Queen City" is noted as the second-largest city in the state. Known for spicy little chicken wings and very big, very cold snows, Buffalo has a unique character all...

  • Jamie

    While I loved some stories more than others, I really loved reading this book. I think it's brilliant to compose a book of short stories that detail a specific place, like Buffalo, and I love when a p...

  • Crystal

    OMG - if you're from Buffalo (as I am) this is a MUST READ. I gave it four stars mostly because the stories aren't all equally riveting but - overall - this is a very fun read. It's always great to re...

  • Mark Fulk

    Kim Chinquee and Joyce Carol Oates's stories are very good, but some of the others are negligible and many are too obsessed with Buffalo sports....

  • Kathleen

    My daughter gave me my first "city noir" book and now I am hooked on the series. I've started by reading books about places where I have lived and eventually will move on to other cities that intrigue...

  • Jerry Ciesielski

    A collection of 12 short stories, each based on a neighborhood in Buffalo NY, and loosely centered around the hard-boiled genre of crime noir. Some stories are more macabre than Noir, and are quite di...