Thursday, March 3, 2016

New Orleans Noir: The Classics Edited by: Julie Smith

This anthology really has the feel of New Orleans.  I found several stories to like in this grouping and I bet you do, too.  Since it includes classic stories, you even get some from the late 1800's.

Akashic Books sent me an ARC of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published.

I really liked the older stories in this collection.  Of course, I've always had a fondness for the past but the style of writing then was more subtle.  They expressed horror but didn't describe it like they do nowadays.  No details, you just visualized your own horrors.

The best one in that group was The Little Convent Girl by Grace King.  It's the story of a Captain on a boat who transports a young girl to her mother.  Her father boarded her at a convent, but he died and she's going to her mom.  When her mother brings her back to visit the captain when he's at dock on another trip, something unexpected happens.

GDMFSOB by Nevada Barr was also outstanding.  She always writes well but this was quite different from her novels.  She just can't figure out how to murder her husband...

The most mindbending story was The Man With Moon Hands by O'Neil De Noux.  It had to do with internal instincts that protect you.  You either have it or you don't...

All in all, I enjoyed this batch of stories.  Good ones all the way through.  Give it a try.

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