Monday, March 26, 2007
Two new books. With ties to Los Angeles. In the classic noir tradition.
Los Angeles Noir brings the ethos of Chandler and Cain filtered through a twenty-first-century, multicultural lens. This is a literary travelogue from the Chinese mansions of San Marino to the day spas of Koreatown to the windy hills of Mulholland Drive, the baby gangsters of East Hollywood, the OG entrepreneur of Leimert Park, the old money of Beverly Hills, and the working class of Mar Vista. Los Angeles Noir offers tales of crime and passion and betrayal from some of the most innovative and celebrated writers working today. It is edited by mystery writer Denise Hamilton.
Sleeping With Strangers is the latest from Eric Jerome Dickey, and follows Gideon, a highly skilled international hit man, through his adventures from Atlanta to Tampa to Amsterday... and beyond. The novel comes complete with Raymond Chandler-like dialogue and writing.
I like the noir genre of film. Haven't read the style much in books. But these two books look like winners to me.