Philadelphia Noir by Carlin Romano
(Akashic Noir)

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"It's a collection enhanced by an unerring sense of place . . . that will please the most discriminating lovers of the dark side."
--Kirkus Reviews

"It took long enough for Akashic's noir series to get to Philly. Now that it has, compiled under the shadowy auspices of Inquirer literary critic/West Philly native Carlin Romano, the fun begins."
--Philadelphia City Paper

Includes brand-new stories by: Diane Ayres, Cordelia Frances Biddle, Keith Gilman, Cary Holladay, Solomon Jones, Gerald Kolpan, Aimee LaBrie, Halimah Marcus, Carlin Romano, Asali Solomon, Laura Spagnoli, Duane Swierczynski, Dennis Tafoya, and Jim Zervanos.

Carlin Romano, critic-at-large of the Chronicle of Higher Education and literary critic of The Philadelphia Inquirer for twenty-five years, teaches philosophy and media theory at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2006 he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism, cited by the Pulitzer Board for "bringing new vitality to the classic essay across a formidable array of topics." He lives in University City, Philadelphia, in the only house on his block.
 

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Carlin Romano, Critic-at-Large of The Chronicle of Higher Education and literary critic of The Philadelphia Inquirer for twenty-five years, is Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at Ursinus College. His criticism has appeared in The Nation, The New Yorker, The Village Voice, Harper's, The American Scholar, Salon, The Times Literary Supplement, and many other publications. A former president of the National Book Critics Circle, he was a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Criticism, cited for "bringing new vitality to the classic essay across a formidable array of topics." He lives in Philadelphia.
 
Published October 19, 2010 by Akashic Books. 300 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In his introduction to this collection of previously unpublished stories, editor Romano, longtime literary critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer, argues that Philly is blue collar, as is its brand of creepiness: “In Philadelphia we do ordinary noir—the humble killings, robberies, collars, cold cas...

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The 15 stories in this Akashic noir anthology mostly support Romano’s thesis in his introduction: “Philadelphia noir is different from the mood, the sensibility, the dimensions, of noir encountered in more glamorous American cities” such as New York or L.A., because it is “ordinary noirâ€...

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You cannot do wrong when renowned literary critic Carlin Romano agrees to do edit a collection of short stories taking place in Philadelphia.

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“Philadelphia noir is different from the mood, the sensibility, the dimensions of noir encountered in more glamorous American cities…In Philadelphia, we do ordinary noir – the humble killings, robberies, collars, cold cases that confront people largely occupied with getting by.” –Carlin Romano ...

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