John Dale (ed)
Pub date: Dec 2018
Pub date: Dec 2018
Page extent: 256 pp
Trim: 210 x 135 mm
RRP: AUD$24.99, NZD$27.99
The Akashic ‘Noir’ crime series began in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. The book earned so much attention and acclaim that it has now expanded to include over 100 titles in locales criss-crossing the globe. The incorporation of familiar, well-known cities with excellent writing and plotting is a winning combination that readers can’t resist. Those who have stepped into the ring to edit the collections run the gamut from little-known talents to big names like Adrian McKinty, Joyce Carol Oates and Dennis Lehane.
In 2018, Brio co-published the first-ever Australian title in the series, Sydney Noir, edited by acclaimed writer John Dale and featuring brand-new stories from fourteen of our most talented authors: Mandy Sayer, John Dale, Mark Dapin, Kirsten Tranter, Eleanor Limprecht, Leigh Redhead, Robert Drewe, Julie Koh, Peter Polites, Tom Gilling, Gabrielle Lord, Philip McLaren, P.M. Newton and Peter Doyle. The stories deal with men and women who work in finance or serve in Liquorland, drive cabs or beat-up utes. They might be architects or struggling students, athletes or Aboriginal liaison officers, retired coppers or contract labourers, patternmakers or photographers, philosophy lecturers or drug dealers. Some are desperate for revenge or money and fame; others are simply caught up in circumstances beyond their control or in a sexual relationship gone wrong.
The reader is taken from Kings Cross to La Perouse, from Balmain to Parramatta, Redfern to Maroubra, Clovelly to Bankstown, Sydney Harbour to Edgecliff, Newtown to Ashfield, and Lavender Bay to Mosman. There are no safe spaces in this collection. What Sydney Noir does best is to provide a window onto the street. Sit back and enjoy the view.
Praise for Sydney Noir
‘Despite editor John Dale’s credentials as a two-time Ned Kelly Award winner, the task of living up to Akashic Noir’s consistently high standard is considerable. This long-time fan of the series breathed a sigh of relief upon discovering that not only is Sydney Noir very good indeed, it is one of the best in Akashic’s canon for some time. As a snapshot of contemporary Australia, this collection delivers in ways that most middlebrow literary fiction cannot seem to get its head around.’ —Australian Book Review
‘The former British penal colony provides fertile ground for dark doings, as these 14 tales demonstrate … The stories [Dale’s] assembled offer ample variety in this cavalcade of crime Down Under.’ —Kirkus Reviews
‘Sydney is a good choice for Akashic’s first noir anthology set in Australia, since, as John Dale notes in his introduction, it “has more unsolved murders than any other Australian city, as well as more drive-by shootings and more jailed politicians.” Fans of dark crime fiction will want to seek out other works by these contributors.’ —Publishers Weekly
‘John Dale . . . brings together 14 compelling short stories by established and emerging Australian authors, each offering a startling glimpse into the dark heart of Sydney and its sprawling suburbs.’ Sydney Morning Herald
‘not only is Sydney Noir very good indeed, it is one of the best in Akashic's canon for some time.’ ABR