"Kansas City, famous for its jazz, its barbecue, and its shady history, provides the venue for this solid addition to Akashic's acclaimed noir anthology series."
"Hard-used heroes and heroines seem to live a lifetime in the stories...Each one seems almost novelistic in scope. Half novels-in-waiting, half journalistic anecdotes that are equally likely to appeal to Kansas City boosters and strangers."
Travel has many unexpected benefits, so even if you’ve never had a reason to visit the city itself, you’ll find Kansas City Noir surprisingly well worth the price of the ticket.”
"Picture steam rising from a sewer grate on a rain-slicked street. The sound of footsteps comes closer and closer behind you as you walk down a dark, downtown Kansas City alley. If this scenario entices you, then you just might enjoy Kansas City Noir."
--Kansas City Public Television
"What we heard was REALLY GOOD. So good in fact that we picked up a copy. Now we're... getting ready to read it in one sitting."
--Tony's Kansas City
Brand-new stories from: J. Malcolm Garcia, Grace Suh, Daniel Woodrell, Kevin Prufer, Matthew Eck, Philip Stephens, Catherine Browder, John Lutz, Nancy Pickard, Linda Rodriguez, Andrés Rodríguez, Mitch Brian, Nadia Pflaum, and Phong Nguyen.
Steve Paul has been a writer and editor at the The Kansas City Star since 1975. Currently the arts editor, he writes about music, books, architecture, food, and, occasionally, murder. He's the author of Architecture A to Z: An Elemental, Alphabetical Guide to Kansas City's Built Environment. A former bookseller and a native of Boston, he has served as a board member and officer of the National Book Critics Circle.
Table of Contents
Part I: Heartland
“Missing Gene” by J. Malcolm Garcia (Troost Lake)
“Cat in a Box” by Kevin Prufer (Country Club Plaza)
“Mission Hills Confidential” by Grace Suh (Mission Hills)
“Come Murder Me Next, Babe” by Daniel Woodrell (12th Street)
“The Softest Crime” by Matthew Eck (41st and Walnut)
“You Shouldn’t Be Here” by Philip Stephens (Midtown)
Part II: Crazy Little Women
“The Incident” by Catherine Browder (Northeast)
“The Good Neighbor” by Linda Rodriguez (South Troost)
“Thelma and Laverne” by John Lutz (West 8th Street)
“Lightbulb” by Nancy Pickard (The Paseo)
Part III: Smoke & Mirrors
“Yesterdays” by Andrés Rodríguez (Milton’s Tap Room)
“Last Night at the Rialto” by Mitch Brian (The Celluloid City)
“Charlie Price’s Last Supper” by Nadia Pflaum (18th and Vine)
“The Pendergast Musket” by Phong Nguyen (West Bottoms)