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Classic reprints from: Edward P. Jones, George Pelecanos, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Richard Wright, Langston Hughes, James Grady, Julian Mayfield, Marita Golden, Elizabeth Hand, Julian Mazor, Ward Just, Jean Toomer, Roach Brown, Larry Neal, and others. George Pelecanos is an independent film producer, the recipient of numerous international writing awards, a producer and an Emm Classic reprints from: Edward P. Jones, George Pelecanos, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Richard Wright, Langston Hughes, James Grady, Julian Mayfield, Marita Golden, Elizabeth Hand, Julian Mazor, Ward Just, Jean Toomer, Roach Brown, Larry Neal, and others. George Pelecanos is an independent film producer, the recipient of numerous international writing awards, a producer and an Emmy-nominated writer of the HBO series The Wire, and the author of fifteen novels set in and around Washington, DC. He is the editor of the best-selling first volume of D.C. Noir.


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Classic reprints from: Edward P. Jones, George Pelecanos, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Richard Wright, Langston Hughes, James Grady, Julian Mayfield, Marita Golden, Elizabeth Hand, Julian Mazor, Ward Just, Jean Toomer, Roach Brown, Larry Neal, and others. George Pelecanos is an independent film producer, the recipient of numerous international writing awards, a producer and an Emm Classic reprints from: Edward P. Jones, George Pelecanos, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Richard Wright, Langston Hughes, James Grady, Julian Mayfield, Marita Golden, Elizabeth Hand, Julian Mazor, Ward Just, Jean Toomer, Roach Brown, Larry Neal, and others. George Pelecanos is an independent film producer, the recipient of numerous international writing awards, a producer and an Emmy-nominated writer of the HBO series The Wire, and the author of fifteen novels set in and around Washington, DC. He is the editor of the best-selling first volume of D.C. Noir.

30 review for D.C. Noir 2: The Classics

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tuxlie

    Classic reprints from: Edward P. Jones, George Pelecanos, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Richard Wright, Langston Hughes, James Grady, Julian Mayfield, Marita Golden, Elizabeth Hand, Julian Mazor, Ward Just, Jean Toomer, Roach Brown, Larry Neal, and others.George Pelecanos is an independent film producer, the recipient of numerous international writing awards, a producer and an Emmy-nominated writer of the HBO series The Wire, and the author of fifteen novels set in and around Washington, DC. He is the e Classic reprints from: Edward P. Jones, George Pelecanos, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Richard Wright, Langston Hughes, James Grady, Julian Mayfield, Marita Golden, Elizabeth Hand, Julian Mazor, Ward Just, Jean Toomer, Roach Brown, Larry Neal, and others.George Pelecanos is an independent film producer, the recipient of numerous international writing awards, a producer and an Emmy-nominated writer of the HBO series The Wire, and the author of fifteen novels set in and around Washington, DC. He is the editor of the best-selling first volume of D.C. Noir.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ron

    I've actually only read three of the stories in this collection so far--"The Dead Their Eyes Implore Us" by George Pelecanos, "A Rich Man" by Edward P. Jones, and "Wonderwall" by Elizabeth Hand--but they were all fantastic stories, really wonderful stuff. I've actually only read three of the stories in this collection so far--"The Dead Their Eyes Implore Us" by George Pelecanos, "A Rich Man" by Edward P. Jones, and "Wonderwall" by Elizabeth Hand--but they were all fantastic stories, really wonderful stuff.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    Love the Noir city series. This, in particular, was a surprise as it featured a very old fav - Ross Thomas whose books I inhaled during the 1980s. It was fun to read him again. I also like that the City Noir series is revisiting some (cities) with Classics versions and pulling from earlier published authors - like Ross Thomas. What I like best about City Noir series is that it will take me years to plow through them. Isn't that good news? [email protected]

  4. 5 out of 5

    John Hilton

    As good as they come I have found that some of the stories in the "classic" noir series can be dated, even a little boring. Maybe it's not the fault of the author's but wanting more action, femme fatale, and murder. Not the case with this collection. I REALLY enjoyed every story and even found myself looking up all the author's I didn't know afterword. Well worth it!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Barney

    I love the idea of this book and I loved some of the stories. Pelecanos did a fantastic job of selecting stories from early 20th century to present-day that take place all over the DC area. There's an entire series of books like this focused on cities all over the US and coming soon, cities from around the world. I'm excited to delve into the others.

  6. 5 out of 5

    David

    The selections that had the greatest impact on me were the grittiest, James Grady's "Kiss the Sky" (1996) and an excerpt from Cast a Yellow Shadow, by Ross Thomas, from 1967. The selections that had the greatest impact on me were the grittiest, James Grady's "Kiss the Sky" (1996) and an excerpt from Cast a Yellow Shadow, by Ross Thomas, from 1967.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ron Burch

    More from this hit noir series. Standouts for me was Edward P. Jones' "A Rich Man," which I thought you can also read in his "Aunt Hagar's Children" collection. Also Paul Laurence Dunbar's story, which was written in 1900, and still seems frighteningly relevant.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jon

    A collection of stories set in D.C. from 1900 to 2006, by various authors, known and unknown. Forget the noir aspect – that’s mostly marketing. Some good writing here, some good D.C. ambience, some writers worth pursuing. Julian Mazor, James Grady, Benjamin M. Schutz are standouts.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Darryl

    A collection of short stories from DC-native writers spanning from 1900 to the present. The early stories have a lot of racial undertones to them. Fun, and interesting, reading so far.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Pauline

    Broad definition of noir.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jamila

    I only liked about 3 or 4 of the stories.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jill Yesko

    A very mixed bag. Not all the stories are classic noire. Methinks the editor rounded up some fellow authors to round out the collection.

  13. 5 out of 5

    James

    This anthology is a great sampler of literature by DC authors. It covers the real city - all those neighborhoods beyond Capitol Hill and K Street. Includes a fine piece by Paul Lawrence Dunbar.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    Excellent

  15. 4 out of 5

    Marc

    more to dc than the west wing. Noir short stories reveal a complex city on and off the hill.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Maureen

    If you know DC, this is a must for you. I read about 2 stories every night on vacation.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Gavin

    A collection of very good short stories

  18. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    Too many other books to read so I'll get this back from the library another time. p. 127

  19. 4 out of 5

    Natassia

    It's a fun and neat idea, but I'm not sure this was my favourite collection of stories. One or two really gripped me, but ended before I felt I got closure. The others were often a bit of a slog. They were also older stories, not really set in a time I know. That may have had something to do with it. I'm still intrigued by the other two I have (Boston and Marseille).

  20. 4 out of 5

    Scott Schneider

    Like any other collection of short stories, some are very good and others are meh. But overall I enjoyed them. The final story about a cop who shoots a kid on a traffic stop is particularly poignant. But several were confusing and complicated in terms of plot and morals.

  21. 4 out of 5

    George Winslow

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nioke

  23. 4 out of 5

    Luci

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rob P

  25. 5 out of 5

    Angela Gentile

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine

  27. 5 out of 5

    Trent Reinsmith

  28. 4 out of 5

    Shalonne Plummer

  29. 5 out of 5

    Shane

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jurgen Van den Brand

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