Read Buffalo Noir by Ed Park Brigid Hughes Online


Akashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each story is set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the city of the book.Featuring brand-new stories by: Joyce Carol Oates, Lawrence Block, Ed Park, Gary Earl Ross, Kim Chinquee, Christina Milletti, Tom Fontana, Dimitri Anastasopoulos, Lissa MariAkashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each story is set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the city of the book.Featuring brand-new stories by: Joyce Carol Oates, Lawrence Block, Ed Park, Gary Earl Ross, Kim Chinquee, Christina Milletti, Tom Fontana, Dimitri Anastasopoulos, Lissa Marie Redmond, S.J. Rozan, John Wray, Brooke Costello, and Connie Porter.Buffalo, New York, is still the second-largest metropolis in the state, but in recent years its designation as the Queen City has been elbowed aside by a name that's pure noir: The City of No Illusions. Presidents came from here; and in 1901, a president was killed here while visiting the Pan-American Exposition, by a man who checked into a hotel under a name that translates as Nobody.As Buffalo saw its prosperity wane, those on the outside could only see harsh winters and Rust Belt grit, chicken wings and sports teams that came agonizingly close. (Vincent Gallo's Buffalo 66 is less the doomed quest of a would-be assassin than the collective fever dream of every Bills fan.)Anyone who has spent more than a few days in Buffalo will tell you that this city can spar with any other major American metropolis in the noir arena. This highly anticipated entry in the Akashic Noir Series includes stories from Buffalo-affiliated mystery titans as well as up-and-comers....

Title : Buffalo Noir
Author :
Rating :
ISBN : 9781617753817
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 224 Pages
Status : Available For Download
Last checked : 21 Minutes ago!

Buffalo Noir Reviews

  • Hilary
    2019-03-14 20:05

    I received this book for free through the GoodReads first reads program in exchange for an honest review. Buffalo Noir is part of a series of books that Akashic Press is releasing. Each book pertains to a certain city, everywhere from Washington DC to Addis Ababa. The stories are straight noir, whether that pertains to the commonly accepted definition of being a dark mystery, or the more modern interpretation of focusing more heavily upon minority communities is largely up to the authors interpretation. The result is a varied collection of stories that all grip and intrigue in a truly admirable way.These stories dig into the very heart of human nature, and in the process highlight both the better nature and the worst that can exist in a man. While the stories are all engaging, there were a number that truly stuck out to me as being more among the perfect short story that, say, some of the tales inEinstein's Beach House reached. In particular the story of Frankie was chilling, as was the last story in the collection and the second. This was also the book to finally introduce me to the beauty ofJoyce Carol Oates's writing.This is a solid collection, though the finer points of it are likely lost on me as I do not live in Buffalo itself. I'd be curious to pick up the Washington DC. collection at some point, and definitely commend Akashic Press for what they're doing. This is a wonderful experiment, and a wonderfully successful one in my eyes.

  • Benjamin
    2019-02-23 15:51

    Limited source material, but really fun to read about the places and people in Buffalo.

  • Frederick Allen
    2019-03-02 18:56

    Buffalo Noir is a collection of short stories written by Buffalo, NY natives about the city of Buffalo using the Noir Genre of Fiction. I started reading this book after I received it through the Goodreads Giveaways in return for an honest review. Having said all that, I'm not quite sure if every story is 100% Noir. I'm obviously not an expert on the genre, nor a writer in said genre, but after having finished the book and because of my confusion I looked up the definition online (and yes, I know that wikipedia is not a academically sound source of information, but I was not going to go in depth in my research). The explanation of the genre that I found was:"Noir fiction (or roman noir) is a literary genre closely related to hardboiled genre[1] with a distinction that the protagonist is not a detective, but instead either a victim, a suspect, or a perpetrator. Other common characteristics include the self-destructive qualities of the protagonist.[2] A typical protagonist of the Noir fiction is dealing with the legal, political or other system that is no less corrupt than the perpetrator by whom the protagonist is either victimized and/or has to victimize others on a daily basis, leading to Lose-lose situation."Therefore, going on the above definition of the genre, I would have to say that not all of these stories are technically noir. Yes, they are not from the 'detectives' point of view, if there is a detective - of which most are not really about any type of mystery - but not all of them end in a Lose-lose situation either.*SPOILERS*Having said all that, this doesn't mean that the stories aren't great in their own right. In fact, I found most of the stories intriguing and engaging. I have also been introduced to some author's that I would not have necessarily looked for before either. For example, Lawrence Block's 'The Ehrengraf Settlement,' a story about a lawyer named Ehrengraf who may, or may not, have done some very nefarious things for his clients was amazing. Mr. Block's character is very much in that traditional noir style, and even though he doesn't seem to come off badly in the end, there is definitely the elements of lose-lose - especially when his first client decides that not paying upon the agreed amount is reasonable, which ultimately leads to his demise. Also, Dimitri Anastasopoulous' 'The Bubble Man of Allentown' has that dark, almost hard-boiled feeling, and leaves you with that depressing feeling that is almost the reason one reads Noir Fiction.However, after this the stories seem to become a little less bleak in many ways. 'Falling Ice', while having that dark edge doesn't really quite have the unsatisfying endings of a typical Noir; the protagonist actually does a good thing with seemingly no negative consequences. And the next story, 'Parkside' also lacks the lose-lose element of noir. Having said that, 'Parkside' is probably one of the best stories in the entire anthology. The story is about a young boy who, like many children picks on another child - his cousin - because he doesn't really understand that the kid's parents are abusive. Yet, the chilling moment comes at the end of the story where it's very obvious that, although the kid doesn't do what he does on purpose, his is totally aware that what happened was wrong (I don't want to spoil it because it is very disturbing). Overall the stories are quite good, and I highly recommend it. In fact, the only story that seemed out of place to me was the Joyce Carol Oates story, 'Valentine' which didn't really seem to fit into the Noir category at all. The story was about a young girl's crush on her high school teacher, and it plays out in a dreamlike sequence that blurs dream, memory and present together. However, nothing bleak or untoward's seems to happen, and in fact it almost has a bit of an uplifting ending - I couldn't really place it. It's not a bad story, it's actually really good, but it's not really what one thinks of when looking Noir. Otherwise, this is a great compilation, and I highly recommend it. In fact, I'm very interested in reading some of their other anthologies such as the Accra Noir (Ghana), Tehran Noir (Iran) and other cities that I hadn't really thought of as being hotbeds of Noir Fiction.

  • Virginia Campbell
    2019-03-15 14:59

    Buffalo, New York, also called "The Queen City" is noted as the second-largest city in the state. Known for spicy little chicken wings and very big, very cold snows, Buffalo has a unique character all its own. "Buffalo Noir", edited by Ed Park and Brigid Hughes, is a compelling collection of short stories which offers a glimpse into the diversity of this multi-faceted metropolis. Beginning with Ed Park's fascinating, detailed introduction, this anthology takes the reader on a journey through the neighborhoods and streets of Buffalo--and each section of the city has a story to tell. Divided into three parts, "Buffalo Unveiled", "Hearts & Minds", and "Bloodlines", the book features twelve tales from thirteen talented authors: Joyce Carol Oates, Lawrence Block, Ed Park, Gary Earl Ross, Kim Chinquee, Christina Milletti, Tom Fontana, Dimitri Anastasopoulos, Lissa Marie Redmond, S.J. Rozan, John Wray, Brooke Costello, and Connie Porter. If "Noir" is just your shade for reading enjoyment, be sure to check the amazing roster of Noir Anthologies from Akashic Books--each story is set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the city of the book. Review Copy Gratis Library Thing

  • Jamie Archer
    2019-03-24 19:53

    While I loved some stories more than others, I really loved reading this book. I think it's brilliant to compose a book of short stories that detail a specific place, like Buffalo, and I love when a place becomes a character. While I look forward to reading others in this series, I think one of the most appealing aspects about this book is that anyone who has lived in Buffalo can relate and know exactly where these stories are taking place through the named streets, neighborhoods, stores, and restaurants.

  • Crystal
    2019-03-19 18:10

    OMG - if you're from Buffalo (as I am) this is a MUST READ. I gave it four stars mostly because the stories aren't all equally riveting but - overall - this is a very fun read. It's always great to recognize the locales in a book but this one does a great job capturing Buffalo's own, unique grittiness.

  • Mark Fulk
    2019-02-24 16:15

    Kim Chinquee and Joyce Carol Oates's stories are very good, but some of the others are negligible and many are too obsessed with Buffalo sports.

  • Sai
    2019-03-19 13:53


  • Sam Sattler
    2019-02-26 16:50

    Buffalo Noir, a 2015 addition to the Akashic Books collection of noir short stories, follows in the tradition of the numerous series editions that have preceded it. The books, most of them set in specific cities, offer twelve to fifteen stories from writers who are especially familiar with those cities and who recognize the undersides of those places that outsiders only stumble upon by accident - sometimes to their regret. This time around there are stories from the likes of Joyce Carol Oates (who recently tweeted that the "best view of Buffalo is in a rearview mirror), Lawrence Block (who was born in the city and lived there for several years), S.J. Rozan (whose family lore says that she was conceived in Buffalo), and Lisa Marie Redmond (who has been with the Buffalo Police Department since 1993). Ed Park and Brigid Hughes, who also contribute stories to the collection, edit Buffalo Noir. The book opens with Park's eight-page introduction in which he describes the meaning of the term "noir" more by example than by explicit definition. Although his approach marks his introduction as different from the other introductions I've read in the series, it is highly effective and, in fact, Park's recollection of an incident from his own childhood is almost as intriguing as the collected stories themselves.The twelve stories are as different in style as their authors. Some stories are told in a straightforward fashion and have conclusive endings; others are more open-ended and leave it up to the reader to decide what really happened. Some are dark and filled with the shadows one expects from noir fiction; others stretch the definition of noir almost to its breaking point.I’m sure reflecting my personal reading tastes as much as anything else, my two favorite stories are both of the more straightforward type: Lawrence Block's "The Ehrengraf Settlement" and Gary Earl Ross's "Good Neighbors." In Block's story, a wealthy man, used to always getting his way without much of a fight on the part of whomever he runs over in the process, makes a critical mistake when he decides to cheat his defense lawyer of the bulk of his fee. And in "Good Neighbors," the couple buttering up their elderly next-door neighbor in hope of inheriting her property some day does not react well when new neighbors move in and immediately gain the old woman's affection (Hitchcock would enjoy this one, I think). Buffalo Noir is fun, and that is what noir fiction is all about, really. If you enjoy noir, you simply cannot go wrong with any of the books in the Akashic Books noir series, this one included.

  • Therese Wiese
    2019-03-10 21:55

    I don't often read short stories, so the idea of short stories set in one place was kind of intriguing. I was also kind of intrigued by the "noir" aspect. Sorry to say, this overall was disappointing. I thought the crime aspects of the various stories had a nice balance of serious crime down to bad ethics. So from that perspective, it was fun. I have been to other places in New York, but not Buffalo, so maybe if I was more familiar with the town, these would have felt more like Buffalo stories. I think for most of them you could have said they were set in Oakland, or Chicago, or Des Moines, etc. and the story would have read just the same. Three of the stories did stand out for me. (This paragraph will make more sense after you have read the book! haha!) My favorite was "Falling on Ice" on page 85. I also really liked "Dr Kirkbride's Moral Treatment Plan" on page 21 and "Good Neighbors" on page 164. Thank you to Akashic Books for a copy of this book in exchange for a review.

  • Steve Smits
    2019-03-09 16:50

    I wasn't really familiar with the "Noir" series, but spotting this on the Library Thing give-away list prompted me to ask for it. I am somewhat familiar with Buffalo as I have visited family there a number of times. Buffalo's reputation as a dowdy rust belt city is not fair. It's got a lot to offer -- some great beaux arts architecture, a surprisingly good theater district, a top caliber symphony and many distinctive neighborhoods. This slim volume of crime stories is quite worth the read. The authors all are from (or were from) Buffalo and/or Western New York. Each story takes place in a different section of the city.I especially liked "The Bubble Man of Allentown" by Dimitri Anastasopolos, "Falling on Ice" by Lissa Marie Redmond (whose day job is detective on the Buffalo PD), "Valentine" by the terrific Joyce Carol Oates and "Good Neighbors" by Gary Earl Ross.Knowing the city featured in the volume helps, but these stories stand out even without such familiarity.

  • Susan
    2019-03-24 22:00

    I finished this book on 716 Day!So fun reading stories set in familiar locations. Especially enjoyed the ones by Lawrence Block, Ed Park, and Joyce Carol Oates. But the most noir (noirest?) of them all was the one by Gary Earl Ross. Love his writing.

  • Nancy
    2019-03-05 14:14

    Short stories with history or places in Buffalo as the backdrop. Not my favorite book, but not bad for a book of short stories.

  • Midge Bork
    2019-03-23 19:53

    Left unfinished. I just cannot get into short stories....

  • Nancy
    2019-03-09 16:16

    3.5 - Very Buffalo but not much noir. I enjoyed it anyway. If you love the city, read this book.