Featuring brand-new stories (and a few poems) by: Joyce Carol Oates, Jonathan Safran Foer, Robert Pinsky, Edmund White & Michael Carroll, Richard Burgin, Paul Muldoon, Sheila Kohler, C.K. Williams, Gerald Stern, Lou Manfredo, S.A. Solomon, Bradford Morrow, Jonathan Santlofer, Jeffrey Ford, S.J. Rozan, Barry N. Malzberg & Bill Pronzini, Hirsh Sawhney, and Robert Arellano.
From the introduction by Joyce Carol Oates: "...The most civilized and 'decent' among us find that we are complicit with the most brutal murderers. We enter into literally unspeakable alliances - of which we dare not speak except through the obliquities and indirections of fiction, poetry, and visual art of the sort gathered here in New Jersey Noir.
This audiobook is narrated by Robin Miles, Christian Rummel, Ice T, Jeff Woodman, David Ledoux, Nick Sullivan, Kevin T. Collins, Kevin Free, Scott Aiello, Suzanne Toren, Johnny Heller, Jennifer Van Dyck, Christina Delaine, Anthony Bowden, Carol Monda, John McLain, Vikas Adam and Joe Barrett.
I have loved her writing fo decades. Here, she is the editor, and has brought us a wonderful and unruly collection of dark stories and poems, all wonderfully written and well acted. Her own contribution here is one of the best, and will haunt you. An extra bonus is her introduction, with her very apt definition of noir.
I'm working my way through the whole Akashic Noir collection, have read eight of them, and have always been well pleased. Highly recommended!