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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Akashic Books (June 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933354801
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933354804
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.3 x 21.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,195,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Curt Colbert is the author of the Jake Rossiter & Miss Jenkins mysteries, a series of hardboiled, private detective novels set in 1940s Seattle. The first book, Rat City, was nominated for a Shamus Award in 2001. A Seattle native, Colbert is currently finishing the fourth book in the series, Nowhere Town, as well as working on a present-day novel.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
super Noirs June 6 2009
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Format: Paperback
These fourteen Noir entries that focus on Seattle are all well written with most being super. The stories can be divided between historical and recent/current as the city has dramatically changed from a kick butt blue collar port city to a white collar ethnic diverse urban center which is home to giant corporations. For instance, before coffee was king, rum was king. The comparison between the fourteen contributions clearly captures that seemingly radical turn around, but in fact the short stories show the slower pace of change starting with Boeing in the 1950s. Mr. Colbert breaks the book into four segments. "Gone South" contains four tales that look deep into ethnicity. "What Comes Around" includes three entries that focus on modern day moral issues? "Love Is a Four Letter Word" has three tales pf how love can go wrong even in a perfect setting. Finally the last chapter includes four shorts that take the audience "To the Limits" that not everything is kosher. My favorites are the historical entries such as "Paper Son" by Brian Thornton who looks deep at late nineteenth century corruption and the retribution tales of the last section as we all at times want to see someone else get what is coming to them. All of the tales are fun as the city proves a perfect location as the "Center of the Universe" (by Robert Lopresti) for a Noir collection as affirmed by these consistently strong but differing contributions.

Harriet Klausner
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Fun Read July 6 2009
By K. Knox - Published on
Format: Paperback
These short stories are a fun read for anyone who lives in or loves Seattle. The stories span multiple locations in the city and time periods. While these stories may not be as much interest to readers outside of Seattle, each story is well crafted and should delight mystery fans.
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Huge disappointment July 2 2010
By Jason Toon - Published on
Format: Paperback
As a big noir fan about to move to Seattle, I was excited to soak up some local flavor from this collection. Denied! Few of the contributors have any background in crime fiction (one is known primarily as a cookbook author). Even fewer have any idea how to build suspense, portray distinctive characters, or craft involving plots that turn on high-stakes moral dilemmas. And if you can't do any of that, you have no business messing with noir.

I can see the thought process now: "Ooh, somebody's looking for submissions for a Seattle crime fiction book? Perfect time to dust off my old manuscript about a sassy yet warm intergenerational group of Native American women! I'll just drop a .45 into the last scene and bingo, it's 'noir'!" Saints preserve us from "literary" wanna-bes "slumming it" with crime fiction.
entertaining read. Aug. 23 2015
By Katie - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I have spent time in Seattle and loved ready some history. I also liked the short story version I could read one story in a sitting.