"Sixteen tributes to America's guiltiest pleasure...Even confirmed anti-smokers will find something to savor."
In recent years, nicotine has become as verboten as many hard drugs. The literary styles in this volume are as varied as the moral quandaries herein, and the authors have successfully unleashed their incandescent imaginations on the subject matter, fashioning an immensely addictive collection.
Featuring brand-new stories by: Lee Child, Joyce Carol Oates, Jonathan Ames, Eric Bogosian, Achy Obejas, Michael Imperioli, Hannah Tinti, Ariel Gore, Bernice L. McFadden, Cara Black, Christopher Sorrentino, David L. Ulin, Jerry Stahl, Lauren Sanders, Peter Kimani, and Robert Arellano.
Inspired by the ongoing international success of the city-based Akashic Noir Series (Brooklyn Noir, Boston Noir, Paris Noir, etc.), Akashic created the Drug Chronicles Series in 2011. Following The Speed Chronicles (William T. Vollmann, Megan Abbott), The Cocaine Chronicles (Lee Child, Laura Lippman), The Heroin Chronicles (Jerry Stahl, Eric Bogosian, Lydia Lunch), and The Marijuana Chronicles (Lee Child, Joyce Carol Oates) comes The Nicotine Chronicles, masterfully curated by blockbuster hit maker Lee Child.
Part I: Thank You for Not Smoking
"Park & Play" by Hannah Tinti
"My Simple Plan" by Ariel Gore
"The Renovation of the Just" by Christopher Sorrentino
"Deathbed Vigil" by Jonathan Ames
Part II: Smoking May Be Hazardous to Your Health
"Dying for a Cigarette" by Lee Child
"The Smoke-Free Room" by Achy Obejas
"Spécial Treatment" by Cara Black
"Yasiri" by Michael Imperioli
Part III: Hungry for Flavor?
"Smoking Jesus" by Eric Bogosian
"The Summer You Lit Up" by Lauren Sanders
"Climax, Oregon" by Robert Arellano
"Freshly Cut" by Peter Kimani
Part IV: Inhale to Your Heart's Content
"Smoke Break" by David L. Ulin
"God's Work" by Bernice L. McFadden
"Menthol" by Jerry Stahl
"Vaping: A User's Manual" by Joyce Carol Oates
Critical praise for Lee Child:
"Child is one writer who should never be taken for granted."
--New York Times
"Child's writing is both propulsive and remarkably error-free, and he's expert at ratcheting up the tension."
--Los Angeles Times
"A superb craftsman of suspense."
"Child is a deliberate stylist and his prose is taut, dynamic, and highly-sprung."
--Spectator, "Five Reasons Why the Jack Reacher Novels are Brilliant"
"Wily plotting, swift pacing, mordant wit: Child is one skillful writer."