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Montana Noir
Montana Noir | Keir Graff, James Grady
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"What could be a more unlikely breeding ground for noir fiction than Montana, whose wide-open landscapes seem the polar opposite of the mean streets of Los Angeles? Yet certain noir standbys prove both malleable and fertile in these 14 new stories...If Montana has a dark side, is anywhere safe from noir?" --Kirkus Reviews "Terrific...Montana Noir is one of the high points in Akashic's long-running and justly celebrated Noir series...Editors Grady and Graff's selections...are all sharply attuned to their settings and to the ways those varying landscapes reflect the darkness within the people who walk the streets or drive the country roads." --Booklist "Thirteen original stories plus a reprint by Thomas McGuane cover the Big Sky State in this thoroughly entertaining Akashic anthology, from desperate writing students in Missoula to a van of itinerant strippers working the Hi-Line paralleling the Canadian border." --Publishers Weekly Akashic Books continues its award-winning series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each book comprises all new stories, each one set in a distinct location within the geographic area of the book. Grady and Graff, both Montana natives, masterfully curate this collection of hard-edged Western tales. Brand-new stories by: David Abrams, Caroline Patterson, Eric Heidle, Thomas McGuane, Janet Skeslien Charles, Sidner Larson, Yvonne Seng, James Grady, Jamie Ford, Carrie La Seur, Walter Kirn, Gwen Florio, Debra Magpie Earling, and Keir Graff. From the introduction by James Grady and Keir Graff: This anthology is a road trip through the dreams and disasters of the true Montana, stories written by authors with Montana in their blood, tales that circle you around the state through its cities and small towns. These are twenty-first century authors writing timeless sagas of choice, crime, and consequences...You'll meet students and strippers, cops and cons, druggies and dreamers, cold-eyed killers and caught-in-their-gunsights screwed-up souls. But mostly, through all our fiction here, you'll meet quiet heroes and see the noir side of life that makes our Montana as real as it is mythic. No doubt the state's beauty will still make the very idea of Montana Noir seem incongruous to some. Noir is black-and-white. Streets and alleys. Flashing neon lighting a rain-streaked window. But while noir was definitely an urban invention, it knows no boundaries. Noir is struggle. It's doing the wrong thing for the right reasons. It's being trapped. It's hubris. It's being defeated yet going on. Sometimes it's being defeated and not going on. That's life everywhere. This is our Montana.
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dsfisher
Montana Noir | Keir Graff, James Grady
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1. Just read and do my book journal
2. Yes! Black-eyed peas and ham. And when my brain is working there‘s also corn bread.
3. RGB and Wonder Woman
4. July
5. High five to the Jans
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DGRachel
Montana Noir | Keir Graff, James Grady
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Absolutely incredible collection of #noir short stories. I cannot wait to read more. Full review on my blog: https://wp.me/pKWKW-5m

Currently at 11 hours 39 minutes for #24B42019 with two books finished. 😊

TheReadingMermaid Woop Woop 🤘🏻 keep it going!!!! 10mo
keithmalek I'm surprised they have this. They have Brooklyn Noir, Paris Noir, and other noir anthologies of places that have populations of more than 4 or 5 people. But with Montana, well...they wouldn't be able to have a sereal killer. 10mo
Andrew65 Almost halfway to 24 hours. A brilliant figure 👏👏👏 10mo
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DGRachel @keithmalek The editors actually address this in their introduction: “No doubt...the very idea of Montana Noir (seems) incongruous to some...But while noir was definitely an urban invention, it knows no boundaries. Noir is struggle. It‘s doing the wrong things for the right reasons. It‘s being trapped. It‘s hubris...That‘s life everywhere. This is our Montana.” I think it‘s even better for being so unexpected. 10mo
Graciouswarriorprincess I am reading the prison for one of my 2019 reading challenges. 10mo
DGRachel @Graciouswarriorprincess I can‘t wait to hear what you think of it! 10mo
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DGRachel
Montana Noir | Keir Graff, James Grady
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Just under three hours done for the #24B42019 Readathon and I‘ve switched back to this book because American Fire was making me rage-y. These short stories are fabulous. I just finished “Dark Monument” by Sidner Larson, one of the Native American authors featured, and it is my favorite, so far. I‘m going to try to get at least one more read before calling it a night. #Bailey is snoozervising. 😴 #dogsoflitsy #pitbullsoflitsy

Ashley_Nicoletto Snoozervising. 😍🤣 11mo
QuietlyLaura I hope Bailey is feeling better. Lots of love to you both. 💕💕 11mo
Andrew65 A great start. 👏 11mo
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DGRachel
Montana Noir | Keir Graff, James Grady
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I really want to finish these five books before the end of the year, but I have to work full days today, Thursday, Friday, and next Monday. Can I do it? 🤔

DeleteAcct Never say never! 11mo
DGRachel @Rachbb3 I am certainly going to try! 😉 11mo
robinb Of course you can! 💪💪💪🤞🤞🤞 11mo
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TrishB Go for it! 11mo
DGRachel @Rachbb3 @robinb @TrishB I had almost convinced myself it was possible and then I realized I totally forgot about my LMPBC book that has to be read by this weekend, too. 😭😭 11mo
TrishB Boo to work!! 11mo
robinb @DGRachel Don‘t give up!!! 😊 11mo
Lizpixie I am highly intrigued by that Sydney Noir book! 11mo
DGRachel @Lizpixie I was so excited to win an ARC and I can‘t wait to get to it! 11mo
Andrew65 Best of luck! 11mo
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DGRachel
Montana Noir | Keir Graff, James Grady
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Looks like I‘m going to have to stop saying I dislike short stories. I‘ve read Part One of this collection, and while the first one was not my jam (I really hated the MC/first-person narrator), I loved the next two and now must go find other things written by those authors. Oh, Akashic Noir series, I think you are going to be very bad for my already overflowing TBR.
#AkashicNoir #Noir

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DGRachel
Montana Noir | Keir Graff, James Grady
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My second Jolabokaflod read courtesy of @dsfisher
Excited to start building my Akashic Noir collection.

MCYmermaid Great atmospheric photo! 11mo
Graciouswarriorprincess Cool! I am reading the prison noir on #Hoopla for one of my 2019 reading challenges!! 11mo
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Jolynne
Montana Noir | Keir Graff, James Grady
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My first of the Akashic Noir Series, this one showcasing the dark side of Montana. Interesting stories for sure. I was glad to see two Indigenous (Montana Natives also) authors included in the series.

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