Montreal Noir

Montreal Noir

"These 15 new stories celebrate the differences between us and our northern neighbor. As in any good noir, poverty, drugs, and despair cloud many of the characters' lives. But even the stories about druggies have a certain je ne sais quoi...Whether it's the quirkiness of the characters, the ingenuity of the puzzles, or the big hearts inside some of the darkest villains, n...

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Title:Montreal Noir
Author:Jacques Filippi
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Edition Language:English

Montreal Noir Reviews

  • Catherine McKenzie

    My first ever short story has been included in this awesome collection!

  • Mkb

    I really enjoyed this! I’m not in the habit of reading short story collections very often, but I think I enjoyed this one more because I did it right – I read one or two stories then took a break, then read another one or two stories, etc. Also, since I got to go to the launch, it was exciting to read the stories written by the people I’d met there. It also is always exciting to read stories set in the city where one lives.

  • Dave

    Akashic Noir has published nearly eighty volumes of short stories, each centered around a geographic location, and has another half dozen already in the pipeline. Each volume such as DC Noir, Brooklyn Noir, Los Angeles Noir, Mumbai Noir, features writers familiar with the local terrain, the local flavor, and an editor from that locale. The locations include not just American cities but exotic international locales as well.

    The unique aspect to Montreal is that, although it's a North American cit

    Akashic Noir has published nearly eighty volumes of short stories, each centered around a geographic location, and has another half dozen already in the pipeline. Each volume such as DC Noir, Brooklyn Noir, Los Angeles Noir, Mumbai Noir, features writers familiar with the local terrain, the local flavor, and an editor from that locale. The locations include not just American cities but exotic international locales as well.

    The unique aspect to Montreal is that, although it's a North American city, it is both England and French speaking. This volume features writers who write in both of these languages and does a real good job of capturing the essence of Montreal, including many familiar geographic places therein.

    The stories by fifteen different authors exhibit a range of styles and approaches. Few are classic police or private eye procedurals, but all touch some aspect of the darkness, the throat-slitters, the homeless vagabonds, the men hiding on nearly deserted river islands, the perverted television producers (echoing a current scandal), the hoodlums, the desperate, the ones who've all but given up hope, the ones trying to escape, and of course the midget wrestlers. Not all the stories are completely successful, but overall it's a strong and worthy collection.

    Thank you to Akashic for providing a copy of this book for review.

  • M J

    A panoply of somewhat macabre, yet incredibly interesting stories that make the reader feel as if they have stepped into a twilight zone of sorts... jumping from story to story, where you never know if the ending will be a good one or something even more dark, leaving you wondering what happens next.

    The cast of characters introduced are as compelling and complex as the stories... taking you on a journey into parts of Montreal that will either entice you to visit or will make you hesitant to boo

    A panoply of somewhat macabre, yet incredibly interesting stories that make the reader feel as if they have stepped into a twilight zone of sorts... jumping from story to story, where you never know if the ending will be a good one or something even more dark, leaving you wondering what happens next.

    The cast of characters introduced are as compelling and complex as the stories... taking you on a journey into parts of Montreal that will either entice you to visit or will make you hesitant to book your trip. With this journey, you can turn the page and move on to the next neighborhood if you feel antsy. Don't forget to pack your French dictionary.

    My favorite: Journal of an Obsession

    Advance Copy Review

  • Diana

    MONTREAL NOIR is one of the latest additions to Akashic Books Noir series. Each title is an anthology of stories, each story set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city. (or state, as in MONTANA NOIR)

    Each anthology follows a similar format - a map (love the map); a Table of Contents; an Introduction by the editors; and information about the authors - About the Contributors.

    The Introduction is an integral part of the anthology - it is written by the editors and sets a to

    MONTREAL NOIR is one of the latest additions to Akashic Books Noir series. Each title is an anthology of stories, each story set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city. (or state, as in MONTANA NOIR)

    Each anthology follows a similar format - a map (love the map); a Table of Contents; an Introduction by the editors; and information about the authors - About the Contributors.

    The Introduction is an integral part of the anthology - it is written by the editors and sets a tone; a sense of place; some historical context about the city or area/region.

    The stories reflect noir qualities - cynicism, fatalism, moral ambiguity - a very bleak, pessimistic view of life.

    MONTREAL NOIR consists of III Parts with 15 stories.

    Contributors include Patrick Senecal, Genevieve Lefebvre, Samuel Archibald, Michel Basilieres, Arjun Basu, Ian Truman, Catherine McKenzie, Brad Smith, Peter Kirby, Robery Pobi, Johanne Seymour, Melissa Yi, Howard Shrier, Tess Fragoulis, and Martin Michaud.

    The editors of MONTREAL NOIR are John McFetridge and Jacques Filippi.

    Several stories are expertly translated from the French.

    Highlights (for me) always include the Introduction and the map.

    My reaction to “Such a pretty little girl” was Wow - what a story.

    I loved the reference to the music of Les Cowboys Fringants blasting from the speakers at the Bar Saint-Laurent. This reference is from “The haunted crack house”. (I quite like this music and have several of their albums. The music reminds me of the tone and atmosphere of Montreal.)

    There are 8 chapters in “The joke’s on you’. A great line on the first page of the story “He never wanted to be a bother, but he was a man worth making a bother for”.

    Reading “Coyote” made my lips curl in disgust. A great ending for Boss-Man Ben Dubois.

    “The Crap Magnet” by Peter Kirby. Just desserts was my comment.

    Thank you to Akashic Books for making this ‘Advance Reading Copy’ available to me.

    A great series. A great title. Great Noir.

  • Tonstant Weader

    Montreal Noir is a collection of fifteen short stories centered on or around Montreal. Montreal is the center for Francophone Canada and this collection reflects that with a mix of stories written in English and French, It is one of the latest in the outstanding Akashic Noir Series of short story anthologies that takes readers to the cities of the world on a noir world tour.

    Editors in these series sometimes go out of their way to include stories that are outside the conventional idea of noir, st

    Montreal Noir is a collection of fifteen short stories centered on or around Montreal. Montreal is the center for Francophone Canada and this collection reflects that with a mix of stories written in English and French, It is one of the latest in the outstanding Akashic Noir Series of short story anthologies that takes readers to the cities of the world on a noir world tour.

    Editors in these series sometimes go out of their way to include stories that are outside the conventional idea of noir, stretching the boundaries of noir as far as they possibly can. Editors Jacques Filippi and John McFetridge did not. Their stories are faithful to the noir tradition filled with murder, mayhem, and mystery.

    There are some stories that will break your heart. The Suitcase Man, The Crap Magnet, and Milk Teeth. There were a couple of stories that were a bit too easy to figure out and Milk Teeth was one, even though it was heartbreaking. There were a couple that attempted misdirection but were too obvious. Other People’s Secrets, for example, is pretty obvious and the reveal was not that revealing. Poppa, too, was not surprising, but I still liked the story.

    Montreal Noir is a great collection of short stories. There was not one story that I disliked, though some were grim and disturbing. Noir should be grim and disturbing. What made me most happy about this collection was the sure confidence of the editors. Some Akashic Noir editors make an effort to include non-mystery stories. I suppose they want us to understand noir is an aesthetic, a mood, not a genre. But sometimes it feels as though they think genre fiction is lesser fiction and that is wrong. There is nothing lesser about genre fiction so long as the writers of genre fiction write with honesty and integrity, and why would they not?

    I received an e-galley of Montreal Noir from the publisher through Edelweiss

  • Vera

    Another fine noir collection from Akashic Books! These are always fresh and interesting and I always enjoy reading them!

  • Melisende d'Outremer

    I read this immediately after "

    " and found myself comparing the two.

    The stories are slight longer than BA Noir, with a more modern feel. These are stories from the streets, with the crimes more in your face, the violence brutal and ugly.

    " ... its unsettling, its subversive, its palpable but its never obvious ..."

    Loved every page!

  • Woody Chandler

    This was one of those instances where I wish that Goodreads would allow us the option of fractions of stars, vice whole stars only. I liked this at about 2.5, but I would not give it a 3.0 so I had to go with the lower option.

    Why? It was an uneven entry in the series. The editors begin by telling us that it took longer to assemble this anthology than they had envisioned, but it did not seem like the extra time paid any dividends.

    Part 1 was especially disappointing, eliciting reactions from me

    This was one of those instances where I wish that Goodreads would allow us the option of fractions of stars, vice whole stars only. I liked this at about 2.5, but I would not give it a 3.0 so I had to go with the lower option.

    Why? It was an uneven entry in the series. The editors begin by telling us that it took longer to assemble this anthology than they had envisioned, but it did not seem like the extra time paid any dividends.

    Part 1 was especially disappointing, eliciting reactions from me of "What the f**k did I just read" to "A waste of my time as the writer noodled around like a jazz pianist, accomplishing nothing". These are not how I like to come away from a reading.

    Part 2 was much better, but the first story of Part 3 was another let-down. This collection never seemed to gather and sustain the same steam as other entries in the series. Onward to the next one!

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