Twin Cities Noir
The Expanded Edition
Published by: Akashic Books
Imprint: Akashic Books
320 Pages, 5.25 x 8.25 in
- Published: August 2013
"Crime fans who missed the first round will find this expanded version worthwhile."
"The best pieces in the collection turn the clichés of the genre on their head . . . and despite the unseemly subject matter, the stories are often surprisingly funny."
--City Pages (Minneapolis)
"If you’ve never read an Akashic Noir book, Twin Cities Noir is a fine place to start."
--San Francisco Book Review/Sacramento Book Review
"A fun read particularly ripe for picking by locals who’ll delight in recognizing their stomping grounds in the stories, but with enough unexpected turns to make it worthwhile for those outside the Midwest, too."
Brand-new stories from John Jodzio, Tom Kaczynski, and Peter Schilling, Jr., in addition to the original volume's stories by David Housewright, Steve Thayer, Judith Guest, Mary Logue, Bruce Rubenstein, K.J. Erickson, William Kent Krueger, Ellen Hart, Brad Zellar, Mary Sharratt, Pete Hautman, Larry Millett, Quinton Skinner, Gary Bush, and Chris Everheart.
"St. Paul was originally called Pig's Eye's Landing and was named after Pig's Eye Parrant--trapper, moonshiner, and proprietor of the most popular drinking establishment on the Mississippi. Traders, river rats, missionaries, soldiers, land speculators, fur trappers, and Indian agents congregated in his establishment and made their deals. When Minnesota became a territory in 1849, the town leaders, realizing that a place called Pig's Eye might not inspire civic confidence, changed the name to St. Paul, after the largest church in the city . . . Across the river, Minneapolis has its own sordid story. By the turn of the twentieth century it was considered one of the most crooked cities in the nation. Mayor Albert Alonzo Ames, with the assistance of the chief of police, his brother Fred, ran a city so corrupt that according to Lincoln Steffans its 'deliberateness, invention, and avarice has never been equaled.' As recently as the mid-'90s, Minneapolis was called 'Murderopolis' due to a rash of killings that occurred over a long hot summer . . . Every city has its share of crime, but what makes the Twin Cities unique may be that we have more than our share of good writers to chronicle it. They are homegrown and they know the territory--how the cities look from the inside, out . . ."
Table of Contents
Part I: Star of the North
“Someday All of This Will Probably Be Yours” by John Jodzio (Warehouse District, Minneapolis)
“16 mm Blues” by Peter Schilling Jr. (Longfellow, Minneapolis)
“Skyway Sleepless” Tom Kaczynski (Downtown Skyways, Minneapolis)
Part II: Minnesota Nice
“Mai-Nu’s Window” by David Housewright (Frogtown, St. Paul)
“Smoke Got in My Eyes” by Bruce Rubenstein (North End, St. Paul)
“Noir Neige” by K.J. Erickson (Near North, Minneapolis)
“Bums” by William Kent Krueger (West Side, St. Paul)
“Blind Sided” by Ellen Hart (Uptown, Minneapolis)
Part III: Uff Da
“Better Luck Next Time” by Brad Zellar (Columbia Heights, Minneapolis)
“Taking the Bullets Out” by Mary Sharratt (Cedar-Riverside, Minneapolis)
“The Guy” by Pete Hautman (Linden Hills, Minneapolis)
“The Brewer’s Son” by Larry Millett (West 7th-Fort Road, St. Paul)
“Loophole” by Quinton Skinner (Downtown, Minneapolis)
“Hi, I’m God” by Steve Thayer (Duluth, Up North)
Part IV: Funeral Hotdish
“Eminent Domain” by Judith Guest (Edina, Minneapolis)
“Blasted” by Mary Logue (Kenwood, Minneapolis)
“If You Harm Us” by Gary Bush (Summit-University, St. Paul)
“Chili Dog” by Chris Everheart (Downtown, St. Paul)
- Shamus Award, Best P.I. Short Story (Bruce Rubenstein, "Smoke Got in My Eyes")