"Hong Kong Noir digs below the financial centre's gleaming surface to unearth stories of the city's ghosts and spirits...The stories touch on major points in Hong Kong modern history: the horrors of Japanese occupation, post-war poverty, the economic boom under the British, the city's return to Chinese sovereignty, and the tensions of the 2014 'umbrella movement' occupation of key thoroughfares by pro-democracy activists. What better way to tie together the present and the past--the living and the dead--than through ghost stories?"
--South China Morning Post
"The history of Hong Kong, once a fishing village, encompasses piracy, the opium trade, prostitution, corruption, espionage and revolutionary plots; grist for the 14 dark tales in Hong Kong Noir."
"Like all good love songs, the stories in Hong Kong Noir are dark...Everyone in Hong Kong Noir is on the move. Some come looking for money or romance or home. They may be mainlanders or Hong Kong born, refugees or tourists, high-flying bankers or American soldiers out for a little R&R. Hong Kongers every one of them."
"From locals to expats, freelance writers, and university professors, the writing has enough breadth of experience to put together an entertaining, engaging, and informative collection. One doesn't need to visit Hong Kong to enjoy this book, but to read while traveling through the city will add a lot to the experience. Add it to your backpack."
"Hong Kong Noir is a panorama of the city in its multiplicity of forms, from lush mountains in country parks, to the concrete jungles of shops and tenements, to the upscale luxury apartments in secluded coves...Ultimately, it is the memories of Hong Kong's human and otherworldly terrain, as portrayed by these varied narratives, that proves so beautifully haunting."
"Crime fiction has to work hard to compete in a city where dismembered bodies make conspicuous appearances in news headlines...The result is natives and expats mingle with returning Cantonese and displaced mainlanders, each (often correctly) suspicious of the others' motives...As far as the city itself is concerned, this collection represents Hong Kong to its very core."
--Asian Review of Books
Akashic Books continues its award-winning series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each book comprises all new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city. In Hong Kong Noir, fourteen of the city's finest authors explore the dark heart of the Pearl of the Orient in haunting stories of depravity and despair.
Brand-new stories by: Jason Y. Ng, Xu Xi, Marshall Moore, Brittani Sonnenberg, Tiffany Hawk, James Tam, Rhiannon Jenkins Tsang, Christina Liang, Feng Chi-shun, Charles Philipp Martin, Shannon Young, Shen Jian, Carmen Suen, and Ysabelle Cheung.
From the introduction by Jason Y. Ng & Susan Blumberg-Kason:
What will Hong Kong look like in five years, ten years, or thirty years--when the "one country, two systems" promise expires? It's impossible to foresee. Hong Kong's future may not be within our control, but some things are. We can continue to write about our beloved city and work our hardest to preserve it in words. When we asked our contributors to write their noir stories, we didn't give them specific content guidelines other than to make sure their stories end on a dark note. What we received was a brilliant collection of ghost stories, murder mysteries, domestic dramas, cops-and-robbers tales, and historical thrillers that capture Hong Kong in all its dark glory. The result is every bit as eclectic, quirky, and delightful as the city they write about.
Part I: Hungry Ghosts & Troubled Spirits
"Ghost of Yulan Past" by Jason Y. Ng (Tin Hau)
"TST" by Xu Xi (Tsim Sha Tsui)
"This Quintessence of Dust" by Marshall More (Cheung Chau)
"The Kamikaze Caves" by Brittani Sonnenberg (Lamma Island)
Part II: Obedience & Respect
"You Deserve More" by Tiffany Hawk (Lan Kwai Fong)
"Phoenix Moon" by James Tam (Mong Kok)
"One Marriage, Two People" by Rhiannon Jenkins Tsang (Ma On Shan)
Part III: Family Matters
"Ticket Home" by Charles Philipp Martin (Yau Ma Tei)
"A View to Die For" by Christina Liang (Repulse Bay)
"Expensive Tissue Paper" by Feng Chi-shun (Diamond Hill)
Part IV: Death & Thereafter
"Blood on the Steps" by Shannon Young (The Pottinger Steps)
"Kam Tin Red" by Shen Jian (Kam Tin)
"Fourteen" by Carmen Suen (Wah Fu)
"Big Hotel" by Ysabelle Cheung (North Point)
"Hong Kong Noir is a heart-stopping but spellbinding account of the glamorous city's repressed side."
--Hong Kong Review of Books
"Now in the 14th year of its Noir series--which has collected original stories from Brooklyn to Istanbul to Lagos--Akashic has assembled a delightfully dark collection of fiction from Hong Kong, a city where talk is cheap and cash is still king."
"Ng and Blumberg-Kason defy the fates by presenting a collection of 14 stores--by Chinese tradition, an ominous number--illustrating their city's dark side...Ng and Blumberg-Kason's Hong Kong is a city on the brink, haunted by its past but facing an uncertain future. Readers can feel lucky to have such a collection."
"Hong Kong is a city of breathtaking highs and earth-shattering lows, luxury and poverty, excess and want, and this new collection of 14 tales from Hong Kong's best crime writers showcases the extremes of one of the world's capitals. From ghost stories, to historical thrills, to underworld brutality, Hong Kong Noir, like the city it captures, is as endlessly fascinating as it is impossible to define."
"Readers will get a fair picture of Hong Kong's culture and history."
Included in Little Big Crimes' The Best Mystery Story I read This Week: Marshall Moore's "The Quintessence of Dust"
"This is a terrific short story collection from Akashic Books' ongoing series. These fourteen stories will warm your noir-loving heart and give you a glimpse into one of the world's greatest cities."
"Hong Kong Noir offers 14 tales, set in the past and present, that are deeply dark--noir at its most seductive and riveting. The writers you'll discover inside will not be familiar, but they'll mark you like a tattoo."
"If you like mysteries and short stories and are curious about the world, Akashic Noir is a delight and you will enjoy Hong Kong Noir."
--Tonstant Weader Reviews