Noir City Varsity

San Francisco Mysteries

The  title is a misnomer, but it sure sounds nice.  Actually,  noir fiction was once a fraternity but it’s fast becoming a kick-ass sorority. Writers like Marcia Muller, Kelli Stanley, Megan Abbott, Laura Lippman, Edna Buchanan, and  Chelsea Cain (to name just a few) can hard-boil text as good as any Joe you know. These dames are killer.

And two of my favorite females have new novels set in Fog City—the heart of noir.

City of Whispers by Marcia Muller

City of Secrets by Kelli Stanley

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Meanwhile, City Lights in San Francisco has just published a new book in their “Noir” series:

Los Angeles Stories - City Lights Noir

Ry Cooder’s stories are a mix of jazz and murder set in L.A. 

Los Angeles Stories sounds promising…I’ll have more to say soon.