Houston Noir

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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

Gwendolyn Zepeda has published three novels, one short story collection, two poetry collections, and five children's books. She served as Houston's first poet laureate from 2013 to 2015.


"When Edgar Allen Poe proclaimed two centuries ago that no one should write anything that can't be read in one sitting, he couldn't have anticipated how well that constraint serves today's frenetic, uber-scheduled modern millennium. The Houston Noir short story collection is what Poe meant: solid, quick, satisfying reads that fit perfectly between appointments, in waiting rooms, carpool lines, coffee breaks, or when you just need a quick escape from reality."
--Lone Star Literary Life

Houston Noir is Murder by the Book's #1 Bestselling Paperback of 2019!

Included in CrimeReads's Most Anticipated Crime Books of Summer 2019!

"The Use of Landscape" by Robert Boswell has been selected as one of the Best Mystery Stories of 2019 by Robert Lopresti of SleuthSayers

Included in Malvern Books's May 2019 New Books roundup

"Zepeda's introduction notes her hometown's unique features, including the absence of any zoning laws, making Houston 'culturally diverse, internally incongruous, and ever-changing'...Noir aficionados will be pleased."
--Publishers Weekly

"There's precious little comfort to be found in any of these Houston neighborhoods, most of which are set light-years away from the city's notoriously cushy new-money culture...Houston comes across as a haven of multiculturalism--though, as in all the 90-plus volumes of Akashic's 15-year-old series, the vision of the city that emerges isn't likely to jump-start tourism for any but the most ghoulishly inclined."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Houston Noir has arrived, an ode to the grime, grit and glamour of Texas's largest, most fascinating (and, to be fair, probably ugliest) city. Houston is unique in Texas history in that it's a large, multicultural port city that has never had zoning laws. While that can mean oil refineries located right next to schools, it can also mean--and does mean--one of the least segregated cities in the United States, which, combined with urban sprawl, means every kind of story, in every kind of combination, is up for grabs as a Houston story. We can't wait to see all the different visions of this complex town!"

"I had the intense pleasure of living in Houston for four years this past decade. But my fondness for my time there did not prevent my pleasure reading this collection of noir tales exploring Houston's fetid underbelly."
--Hillbilly Highways

"The fourteen stories are set in various Houston neighborhoods and suburbs (including the one I live in), and most of the stories do a very good job of capturing the unique atmospheres of each of the locations, something I both appreciated and enjoyed...Houston Noir is fun, and it further confirms my love of the whole series. Give it a look--and you might be hooked, too."
--Book Chase

"Houston Noir is a great collection of fourteen noir mysteries in the always reliable, always intriguing Akashic Noir series. This collection was edited by Gwendolyn Zepeda who did a bang-up job of selecting writers and encouraging them to great noir."
--Tonstant Weader Reviews