I read a lot of books, so checked this out from the library merely to fill some time, but I ended up buying the book. What's so good about it is that, like the other Noir editions, the editor chooses authors from among different burroughs and townships in and around Philadelphia. It's divided into 4 sections: The City of Bursts (S. Philly, Strawberry Mansion, W.Philly, Grays Ferry); City of Otherly Love (East Falls, Rittenhouse Square, Narberth); The Faker City (Fishtown, Fairmont, University City, Bella Vista) and Those Who Forget the Past (Frankford, Old City, S. Street, Chestnut Hill).
Be forwarned that each story is definitely noir, so you're not going to see Philly's best side here. But I loved that each capitalizes on a different setting within Philly. Anyone who has lived more than a miniscule amount of time in this amazing town knows that it is several cities in one. Philadelphia Noir stays true to that theme....from the creepy psychiatrist in Narberth to the ghosts in Old City to my favorite "Cannot Easy Normal Die," a tale by the book's editor, of the only place in University City encompassing an entire city block, and what the person that buys this place discovers about it. Finally, it seemed to me that the themes of the stories stayed fairly true to the stereotypes of each place within the city. For any noir lover interested in Philadelphia, I think it is well worth the price.