Linda L. Richards's Terminal City has received the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Short Story presented by Crime Writers of Canada
Editor Sam Wiebe's Wonderful Life has been named a finalist for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Short Story presented by Crime Writers of Canada
Vancouver Noir is an excellent anthology that would appeal to short-story fans of all types--even those who don't read the genre on a regular basis...Like the earlier volumes Toronto Noir and Montreal Noir, the new anthology serves as a fantastic introduction for those unfamiliar with the genre and a reminder that Canada, bursting with amazing writers, is one of the strongest countries for crime writing in the world.
--Quill & Quire, Starred review
There's the Vancouver of charming neighborhoods, vast verdant parks, lovely beaches and snow-capped mountains as a backdrop to it all. But the Vancouver of the newly published Vancouver Noir collection of 14 original short stories is the unsettling underside of all that--and the project masterminds couldn't be happier.
--Globe & Mail
Vancouver writer Sam Wiebe likes to describe crime fiction as the ultimate anti-travel guide. Instead of taking readers on a tour of charming local hot spots, it delivers them to the dark underbelly of a city, inviting them to follow detectives down sketchy streets and back alleys normally hidden from tourist view. According to Wiebe, if you want to really know a city, read its murder mysteries.
Vancouver's reputation is that of outdoor fun, athleisure wear clothing and craft beer. But don't be fooled by all the S'well water bottles; there's a much darker side to the city, a side that is chronicled in the new short-story anthology Vancouver Noir.
Akashic Books continues its award-winning series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each book comprises all new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city. Following the success of Montreal Noir and Toronto Noir, the Noir Series travels to the west coast of Canada.
Brand-new stories by: Linda L. Richards, Timothy Taylor, Sheena Kamal, Robin Spano, Carleigh Baker, Sam Wiebe, Dietrich Kalteis, Nathan Ripley, Yasuko Thanh, Kristi Charish, Don English, Nick Mamatas, S.G. Wong, and R.M. Greenaway.
From the introduction by Sam Wiebe:
You might wonder what shadows could exist in Vancouver, rain-spattered jewel of the Pacific Northwest. Nestled between the US border and the Coast Mountains, the city's postcard charms are familiar, even to those who've never been here, thanks to the films and TV shows shot in Hollywood North: The X-Files and Deadpool, Rumble in the Bronx and Jason Takes Manhattan. Vancouver is the so-called City of Glass. A nice place, in any case, and much too nice for noir.
Looked at from afar, Vancouver may seem idyllic. But living here is different--cold and baffling and occasionally hostile. While outsiders focus on high-test BC bud, locals see a heroin crisis: Vancouver is home to the first legalized safe-injection site in North America, now heavily taxed by overdoses resulting from street drugs cut with fentanyl. It's ground zero for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, a nationwide catastrophe involving the deaths and disappearances of hundreds of marginalized women. Money and status trample culture and community...If Vancouver is a City of Glass, that glass is underneath our feet.
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About the Author
Sam Wiebe is the author of the Vancouver crime novels Last of the Independents, Invisible Dead, and Cut You Down. Wiebe's work has won an Arthur Ellis Award and the Kobo Emerging Writers Prize, and he was the 2016 Vancouver Public Library Writer in Residence. His short fiction has appeared in ThugLit, Spinetingler, and subTerrain, among other places.
"Vancouver is the noirest city in the country, and probably one of the noirest in the world. It's a port city, with its stubbornly ungentrified neighbourhoods kicking against one of the world's craziest real estate scenes, with strong Indigenous and Asian presence as a foundational urban principle, not to mention a history of gruesome crime and political intrigue...[Vancouver Noir] will do the work to wrench Vancouver's identity away from the banality of real estate into something chewy, like literary murder."
"This collection is not just for those interested in Vancouver or in noir. The stories here are really entertaining and will keep you reading. Vancouver is 'a city in flux, ' writes Wiebe, 'a city struggling to redefine itself. A city under siege.' While both the good and bad exist here, modern noir thrives on that grey. In the meantime, its writers are excellent tour guides and Vancouver Noir is a page-turner you won't want to put down."
--The Ormsby Review
"The 14 new stories here--selected by renowned Vancouver crime novelist Sam Wiebe, who has himself contributed a tale--are by a heavy-hitting roster of local talent, including Carleigh Baker, Dietrich Kalteis, Sheena Kamal, Linda L. Richards, Timothy Taylor, and Yasuko Thanh."
"The rain-soaked Pacific Northwest may not be a tradition setting for 'noir' but with a city in flux, like Vancouver, there's no shortage of incisive, mysterious, violent stories, touching on the city's housing crisis, its thriving movie industry, and many more mysteries. Contributors include Nathan Ripley, Sheena Kamal, and the collection's editor, Sam Wiebe. This is the perfect balance of captivating page-turners and hard-hitting social noirs."
"The beauty of the Akashic series of noir short story anthologies is that they offer local writers a chance to say 'here's our town.' This crop of writers, assembled and edited by Sam Wiebe, succeeds in a gritty, moody way."
--New York Journal of Books
"Despite its rainy weather, Vancouver has a sunny disposition: diverse, optimistic, welcoming. But editor Wiebe maintains that it has its share of urban troubles: poverty, drugs, violence. Gentrification may make Vancouver's crime look a little less gritty, but it's just as corrosive...Given the book's mix of wily pros, moody misfits, bewildered bystanders, and a touch of the supernatural, Wiebe makes a strong case that as far as crime is concerned, Vancouver is 'a city like any other.'"
"The latest Akashic 'Noir' collection features stories by Canadian writers, both crime writers and not, residents and expats, with stories all about characters who live in gritty everyday Vancouver, BC, settings...For fans of the city, noir fiction, and the series."
"Vancouver Noir...keeps its quality as high as its characters' moral standards are low...Akashic Books, publisher of an excellent regional noir anthology series, gives Vancouver a pat-down."
--Shelf Awareness for Readers
"Indeed, the 21st century has already given us an abundance of noir-themed Vancouver texts. These include a bevy of true crime books, several photo histories, and more than one noir anthology. A nadir comes this fall with the arrival of a new Vancouver noir anthology from Brooklyn-based small press Akashic Books. Akashic, with a long-running series of city-specific noir fiction anthologies including Toronto, Montreal, Buenos Aires, Singapore, and even Cape Cod, offers up what might very well be the crown jewel of Vancouver noir texts."
"Wiebe and the 13 other mostly Canadian contributors to this solid anthology expose the seedy underbelly that belies the Vancouver known to tourists and fans of the many films shot in Hollywood North...Noir aficionados will find plenty to like."
"Another winner is this always-interesting series and a real treat for fans of short crime fiction."
Included in Little Big Crimes' The Best Mystery Story I read This Week: R.M. Greenaway's "The Threshold" and Sheena Kamal's "Eight Game-Changing Tips on Public Speaking"
"Vancouver Noir is one of my favorites of the Akashic noir collection. It is eminently readable with vibrant characters and haunting stories. Every entry gives us a sterling example of the city I didn't get a chance to see when I was visiting. The collection's authors are all renowned writers, as one would expect from a city like Vancouver."