Thursday, April 01, 2010

Orange County Noir is out today!

I'm so happy to be included with this roster of writers. Truly stellar. And it's out today!

In Publishers Weekly (2/22/2010) here's the review our anthology received--and it was starred. I love how the reviewer says it's "one of the stronger of the all-original anthologies." I love the series, so that's saying a lot.

Orange County Noir Edited by Gary Phillips. Akashic, $15.95 paper (300p) ISBN 978-1-936070-03-9

“There's a dark side to most places,” even California's sunny Orange County, Edgar-winner T. Jefferson Parker observes in his foreword to this outstanding entry in Akashic's noir series, one of the stronger of the all-original anthologies. The crisp, often seductive prose of the 14 contributors, most of them relatively unknown, is a tribute to the critical judgment of the editor, whose own assured story, “The Performer,” involves a heist at a dog food factory that ends with more than one surprise. Robert Ward, a writer-producer for such TV shows as Hill Street Blues and Miami Vice, offers some wicked twists in “Black Star Canyon,” in which a fictional alter ego gets bounced from the program he created. Gordon McAlpine uses his narrator's job as a security officer at Disneyland in “The Happiest Place” as an effective catalyst for a classic noir plot of betrayal. Other notable tales include Susan Straight's “Bee Canyon” and Dick Lochte's “The Movie Game.” (Apr.)

Consider attending a book party/panel on writing short fiction and noir fiction on May 15 at the Pen on Fire Speakers Series at Scape Gallery, Corona del Mar. On hand will be Gary Phillips, Marty Smith, Mary Castillo, and moi! If you'd like to be on the elist, email me at

And here's case you can make it to one. Click here.

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