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San Francisco Noir

Written by: Peter Maravelis
Length: 9 hrs and 1 min

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Publisher's Summary

Launched by the summer '04 award-winning best-seller Brooklyn Noir, Akashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies. Each book is comprised of all-new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the city of the book. Brand new stories by: Barry Gifford, Robert Mailer Anderson, Michelle Tea, Peter Plate, Kate Braverman, Domenic Stansberry, David Corbett, Eddie Muller, Alejandro Murguía, Sin Sorracco, Alvin Lu, John Longhi, Will Christopher Baer, Jim Nisbet, and David Henry Sterry.

San Francisco Noir lashes out with hard-biting tales exploring the shadowy nether regions of scenic "Baghdad by the Bay". In this superb collection, virtuosos of the genre meet up with the best of SF’s literary fiction community to chart a unique psycho-geography for a dark landscape. From inner city boroughs to the outlands, each contributor offers an original story based in a distinct neighborhood. At times brutal, darkly humorous, and revelatory - the stories speak of a hidden San Francisco, a town where the fog is but a prelude to darker realities lingering beneath.

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  • Sean
  • 25-05-15

Poor writing and uneven performances

It aspires to be a gritty collection of stories themed around crimes but the writing is very cliche-ridden and the performances are hit and miss.

I have no problem with adult themes, but several of the stories read more like masturbatory fantasies than fiction. The polts are not particularly plausible or engaging and there are few interesting or likeable characters.

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  • VJ
  • 29-05-16


What did you love best about San Francisco Noir?

That it was framed in San Francisco

If you’ve listened to books by Peter Maravelis before, how does this one compare?

Have not listened to.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Neither good nor bad.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

San Francisco is a rough City, but too may of these stories were of a dirty, crime ridden city with a bunch of down and outers. People who love San Francisco will find this book depressing.

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  • mark
  • 25-06-15

After Belfast Noir this falls way short.

What would have made San Francisco Noir better?

More Noir & more San Francisco.

What was most disappointing about Peter Maravelis’s story?

That I couldn't finish it.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Overall not bad narration but it occasionally seemed stiffly read.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?