Montana Noir (Akashic Noir) (Paperback)

Montana Noir (Akashic Noir) By James Grady (Editor), Keir Graff (Editor) Cover Image
By James Grady (Editor), Keir Graff (Editor)
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Grady and Graff, both Montana natives, masterfully curate this collection of hard-edged Western tales.

“Montana may not have the back alleys so common to noir but it has western justice which can be quick, brutal and final and that is as satisfying as anything found in the urban streets that typically attract the dark beauty of the noir genre.” —New York Journal of Books

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.

About the Author

JAMES GRADY was born and raised in Shelby, Montana. His first novel, Six Days of the Condor, became an iconic movie starring Robert Redford. He is the coeditor of Montana Noir.

KEIR GRAFF was born and raised in Missoula, Montana. He is the author of four novels for adults (most recently The Price of Liberty) and two novels for middle-graders. Graff now lives in Chicago and is the coeditor of Montana Noir.

Praise For…

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

Grit is the best description of the collection of short stories compiled in Montana Noir because every single story has a thick skin of brutality, skeeviness, violence and just a dash of horror that makes the collection exceptionally good . . . An impressive set of works from a variety of writers that deserves to be read by many, especially those who want to lose themselves in the darkness of a Montana winter night.

— Missoulan

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

From Polson to Glendive, Shelby to downtown Billings, the book ties together many of the state’s best writers with stories from the seedier side of life.
— Great Falls Tribune
Product Details
ISBN: 9781617755798
ISBN-10: 1617755796
Publisher: Akashic Books, Ltd.
Publication Date: September 5th, 2017
Pages: 288
Language: English
Series: Akashic Noir