Original stories by: Marlon James, Kwame Dawes, Patricia Powell, Colin Channer, Marcia Douglas, Leone Ross, Kei Miller, Christopher John Farley, Ian Thomson, Thomas Glave, and Chris Abani.Kingston Noir subverts the simplisticMoreOriginal stories by: Marlon James, Kwame Dawes, Patricia Powell, Colin Channer, Marcia Douglas, Leone Ross, Kei Miller, Christopher John Farley, Ian Thomson, Thomas Glave, and Chris Abani.Kingston Noir subverts the simplistic sunshine/reggae/spliff-smoking image of Jamaica at almost every turn...The collection amply rewards the reader with a rich interplay of geographies and themes.--The Los Angeles TimesKingston Noir goes darker and deeper than any before...the purest of noir, and the richest depictions of Jamaica.--The Huffington PostThoroughly well-written stories...fans of noir will enjoy this batch of sordid tales set in the sweltering heat of the tropics.--Publishers WeeklyFrom Trench Town to Half Way Tree to Norbrook to Portmore and beyond, the stories of Kingston Noir shine light into the darkest corners of this fabled city.
Joining award-winning Jamaican authors such as Marlon James, Leone Ross, and Thomas Glave are two special guest writers with no Jamaican lineage: Nigerian-born Chris Abani and British writer Ian Thomson. The menacing tone that runs through some of these stories is counterbalanced by the clever humor in others, such as Kei Millers �White Gyal with a Camera,” who softens even the hardest of August Town’s gangsters- and Mr.
Brown, the private investigator in Kwame Dawes’s story, who explains why his girth works to his advantage: In Jamaica a woman like a big man. She can see he is prosperous, and that he can be in charge. Together, the outstanding tales in Kingston Noir comprise the best volume of short fiction ever to arise from the literary wellspring that is Jamaica.