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About the Author
René Appel published his first thriller, Handicap, in 1987, and has written twenty more, two of which have received the Golden Noose, the annual award for the best Dutch-language crime novel. English translations of his stories have appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, and several anthologies.
Josh Pachter is an American writer, editor, and translator. His short crime stories have been featured in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, among other places, and his translations of crime fiction by Dutch and Belgian authors appear regularly in EQMM. He lives in Northern Virginia.
"Fourteen of The Netherlands' premier authors of crime and literary fiction contributed to this collection, with the editors--top-rated crime authors themselves--providing the 15th. Amsterdam Noir is the latest in Akashic Books' long-running series of place-based crime anthologies. If this enterprise is in part intended to give a flavour of the locale under the authorial microscope, this collection is another success."
--Crime Fiction Lover
"Editors Appel and Pachter take an interesting approach to the structuring of this entry in Akashic's Noir series. While the chapters in many of the books in this series are arranged geographically, here the stories are grouped according to their thematic similarities to four classic films noir: Out of the Past, Kiss Me Deadly, Touch of Evil, and They Live by Night. Not only does this approach make the stories more accessible to readers who have never been to Amsterdam and don't know the authors, it also works well as a kind of cross-format read-alike tool. In all, a strong group of notably dark tales of murder and mayhem."
"In spotlighting a city known worldwide for sex workers and marijuana, the editors avoid the obvious...Taking the road less traveled is a winning strategy for the editors. The 15 dark takes they've collected provide a variety of methods, motives, and menace, while their movie-themed chapters anchor the varied menu firmly in the noir tradition."
"This anthology of 15 short crime stories features superior writing from authors largely unknown to an American audience."
"Devil's Island" by Mensje van Keulen has been selected as one of the Best Mystery Stories of 2019 by Robert Lopresti of SleuthSayers
"A 5-Star excursion in noir fiction."
"This is a story built on details, cleverly used."
--Little Big Crimes, "Devil's Island" by Mensje van Keulen considered Robert Lopresti's Best Mystery Story Read This Week
"A very creepy story, although thankfully not filled with gore and horror. Many surprises along the way."
--Little Big Crimes, "The Stranger Inside Me" by Loes den Hollander considered Robert Lopresti's Best Mystery Story Read This Week
"Amsterdam Noir is an excellent addition to the uncommon mystery anthology series Akashic Noir. In this edition, editors René Appel and Josh Pachter selected twenty-two short stories that evoke the noir sensibilities of Amsterdam...I loved Amsterdam Noir and think its selection of stories was excellent and the way they were organized was a stroke of genius."
--Tonstant Weader Reviews
"If this enterprise is in part intended to impart a vision of the locale and its residents through the lens of crime, this collection is another success...Meet some of the very best Dutch crime writers, right here in these pages."