Milwaukee Noir

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$15.95  $14.67
Akashic Books
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5.2 X 0.8 X 8.2 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

Tim Hennessy is a bookseller and writer who lives in Milwaukee with his wife and son. His work has appeared in Midwestern Gothic, Tough, Crimespree Magazine, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, among other places.


"Each story is tied to a particular neighborhood in Milwaukee. While the stories in the collection sometimes cross paths with famous city locations (one story opens with the protagonist falling in love at Summerfest), most of the others walk streets that the average tourist won't see."
--Capital Times

"In a new short story collection, writers from around Milwaukee dig into the gritty side of life in the city."
--Central Time (Wisconsin Public Radio)

"Noir is not just mystery, it involves a grim take filled with cynicism, fatalism, and moral ambiguity...I love anthologies for discovering new authors and there is plenty of Milwaukee-based talent here."
--Lake Effect (WUWM 89.7 FM, Milwaukee), Top local title to gift in 2019, as recommended by Boswell Book Company's Daniel Goldin

"By using the noir genre of literature, this [collection] successfully fictionalizes the criminal aspects of the city, while still creating a space for social commentary about the issues that allow crime and bad behavior to flourish."
--The Daily Cardinal

"Known for manufacturers, booze, and a burgeoning immigrant city, Milwaukee is the perfect setting for these tales of intrigue, suspense, and mystery from a diverse allotment of authors. Captivating to the final page, Milwaukee Noir is especially recommended for connoisseurs of the genre!"
--Midwest Book Review

"A shining example of a themed crime anthology...There are no duds in this anthology--every tale has something to say, and it's said in an entertaining and surprising way. Milwaukee Noir is one of the better entries in Akashic Books's Noir series."
--Mystery Scene

"Mocking Season" by Christi Clancy has been selected as one of the Best Mystery Stories of 2019 by Robert Lopresti of SleuthSayers

"I am constantly enthralled by the way authors and editors define noir fiction, and...[Milwaukee Noir] continues to redefine the style of writing that can be considered 'noir.' This collection is unique, just like the stories in all the other collections from Akashic."
--The Cyberlibrarian

"Milwaukee bookseller and writer Hennessy curates a very strong collection of short fiction exploring the shadows and margins of what has been called the most segregated city in the U.S., with results that provide needed nuance to anyone whose image of the Cream City is stuck in the opening credits of Laverne & Shirley...A richly textured collection that is, by turns, gripping, thought provoking, and simply entertaining."
--Booklist Online

"The violent, dark stories in this anthology fit the bill perfectly with the intention, as editor Hennessy writes, to be social commentary. With a map to illustrate the location of each selection, the collection points to the setting of each disturbing story or crime. Tales by Jane Hamilton and Christi Clancy stand out, evidence that ordinary people can get swept up in hatred, even if they did not start out living with violence, drunkenness, or poverty."
--Library Journal

"Milwaukee bookseller and writer Hennessy does justice to the harsher aspects of his hometown in this fine anthology...The 14 contributors show that violence is not a prerequisite to crafting a haunting depiction of despair...The selections make the different neighborhoods, seedy or otherwise, come to life, even for those who have never set foot in them."
--Publishers Weekly

"Fourteen free-wheeling stories document the grit and glory of Milwaukee...A nod to Milwaukee's blue-collar heritage, a frank look at racial disharmony, and a peek at the future make Hennessy's collection a find for fans of urban noir."
--Kirkus Reviews