By Neil Pollack

"Chicago Noir is a valid inheritor to the noble literary culture of the best urban in the US. Nelson Algren and James Farrell will be proud." —Stephen Elliott, writer of satisfied Baby

"If ever a urban was once made to be the house of noir, it's Chicago. those writers move immediately to Chicago's noir heart." —Aleksandar Hemon, writer of Nowhere Man

Brand new tales by way of: Neal Pollack, Achy Obejas, Alexai Galaviz-Budziszewski, Adam Langer, Joe Meno, Peter Orner, Kevin Guilfoile, Bayo Ojikutu, Jeff Allen, Luciano Guerriero, Claire Zulkey, Andrew Ervin, M.K. Meyers, Todd Dills, C.J. Sullivan, Daniel Buckman, Amy Sayre-Roberts, and Jim Arndorfer.

The urban of Chicago has spent a lot money and time over the past decade advertising itself as a tourist-friendly position for the complete family members. It's bought a sparkly new Millennium Park, a spaceship in the course of Soldier box, and millions of exact faux-brick residence structures that appear to spring from the floor in a single day. Chicago's rough-and-tumble tough-guy acceptance has been changed via a postcard with a lake view.

But that city's now not long gone. The hard-bitten streets as soon as represented via James Farrell and Nelson Algren could have shifted locales, they usually should be populated by way of varied ethnicities, yet Chicago continues to be a spot the place humans fight to outlive and the place, for plenty of, crime is the single potential for his or her survival. The tales in Chicago Noir reclaim that territory.

Chicago Noir is populated by means of employed killers and jazzmen, drunks and dreamers, corrupt police officers and price ticket scalpers and junkies. It's the Chicago that the dep. of Tourism doesn't wish you to determine, a spot the place demanding circumstances face their unhappy fates, and pay for his or her sins in blood. those are tales approximately blocks that viewers are afraid to stroll. They inform of a Chicago past Oprah, Michael Jordan, and deep-dish pizza. This isn't someone's dream of Chicago. It's no longer even a nightmare. It's simply the true urban, unfiltered. Chicago Noir.

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