Book of the Week: Montreal Noir

Montreal Noir
Edited by John McFetridge and Jacques Filippi

9781617753459 | $22.95 CAD
PB | 320 pp. | Available Now
Akashic Books, distributed by Publisher’s Group Canada

With reviews in the Globe and Mail and Quill and Quire, it’s easy to say that Montreal Noir is hitting the right spots. This collection of fifteen short stories is part of a series of original noir anthologies from Akashic Books, each based in a city from Beirut to Buenos Aires. The stories in Montreal Noir are set in distinct neighbourhoods that any Montreal native will recognize, and feature all the gangsters, con artists, criminals and dodgy characters that we hope to avoid. Featuring both anglo- and francophone authors, it’s a wild ride on the shadier side of the cosmopolitan hotspot famous for its bagels, harsh winters, and hockey team.

The noir genre is grimy and subversive, and just far enough outside the box to make you feel slightly uncomfortable, and this volume embodies that. Contributors to the anthology include Patrick Senecal, Geneviève Lefebvre, Robert Pobi, and many more. Together they present a boundary-pushing, vivid and dark collection of tales worthy to be called noir, and definitely worthy of a peek from anyone who likes mystery, Montreal, both, or neither. That means you.

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