A multicultural nexus, Toronto hosts Indian, Portuguese, African, Italian, and Chinese communities that provide fertile backdrops for Toronto Noir's corrosive exposés.
Features brand-new stories by RM Vaughan, Nathan Sellyn, Ibi Kaslik, Peter Robinson, Heather Birrell, Sean Dixon, Raywat Deonandad, Christine Murray, Gail Bowen, Emily Schultz, Andrew Pyper, Kim Moritsugu, Mark Sinnet, George Elliott Clarke, Pasha Malla, and Michael Redhill.
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- Susie Bright
These stories are sometimes heart wrenching, sometimes funny and consistently satisfying.
"Toronto Noir" takes all the seedy underground secrets of the city neighborhood—sometimes literally, in the case of Michael Redhill's speakeasy in "A Bout of Regret"— and shines a cold, sharp light.
Some favorites in this collection Sean Dixon's "Sic Transit Gloria at the Humber Loop" about an intense bass player with impulse control caught in a transportation nightmare, and the aformentioned "A Bout of Regret" in which a bar owner gets in the ring with his lover's husband.
Kim Moritsugu's "Taste of Honey" about an long struggling, jealous actress was so filled with tension, I had to listen in bursts. Too real!
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I’m from A huge fan of the Noir genre, and originally from Toronto, so I was especially excited about this collection, but it just doesn’t pack the punch that some of the better anthologies like Brooklyn Noir does. There are a few great shorts in there, but most are bland, and I’m going to have to relisten to even get the point of a few of them.