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By Neil Pollack

"Chicago Noir is a sound inheritor to the noble literary culture of the best urban in the United States. Nelson Algren and James Farrell will be proud." —Stephen Elliott, writer of chuffed Baby

"If ever a urban used to be made to be the house of noir, it's Chicago. those writers cross instantly to Chicago's noir heart." —Aleksandar Hemon, writer of Nowhere Man

Brand new tales by means of: Neal Pollack, Achy Obejas, Alexai Galaviz-Budziszewski, Adam Langer, Joe Meno, Peter Orner, Kevin Guilfoile, Bayo Ojikutu, Jeff Allen, Luciano Guerriero, Claire Zulkey, Andrew Ervin, M.K. Meyers, Todd Dills, C.J. Sullivan, Daniel Buckman, Amy Sayre-Roberts, and Jim Arndorfer.

The urban of Chicago has spent a lot money and time over the past decade advertising itself as a tourist-friendly position for the complete relations. It's obtained a glittery new Millennium Park, a spaceship in the midst of Soldier box, and hundreds of thousands of exact faux-brick residence constructions that appear to spring from the floor in a single day. Chicago's rough-and-tumble tough-guy popularity has been changed by way of a postcard with a lake view.

But that city's now not long past. The hard-bitten streets as soon as represented through James Farrell and Nelson Algren can have shifted locales, they usually can be populated via various ethnicities, yet Chicago continues to be a spot the place humans fight to outlive and the place, for lots of, crime is the single skill for his or her survival. The tales in Chicago Noir reclaim that territory.

Chicago Noir is populated via employed killers and jazzmen, drunks and dreamers, corrupt law enforcement officials and price ticket scalpers and junkies. It's the Chicago that the dept of Tourism doesn't wish you to determine, a spot the place challenging circumstances face their unhappy fates, and pay for his or her sins in blood. those are tales approximately blocks that viewers are afraid to stroll. They inform of a Chicago past Oprah, Michael Jordan, and deep-dish pizza. This isn't someone's dream of Chicago. It's now not even a nightmare. It's simply the true urban, unfiltered. Chicago Noir.

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