Friday night, 5-7 pm, at Book People, 536 Granite Avenue (near Libbie and Grove) will be Richmond Noir Open House with editors and contributors available to mix, mingle, and sign.Â Saturday, we’ll be at the Barnes & Noble, 1-4 pm, at Libbie Place.Â Stop by PetSmart and see the dogs, then come by and visit us, maybe adopt a copy or two of Richmond Noir.
Finally, here’s a wonderful review from the Library Journal:
Richmond Noir. Akashic. Mar. 2010. 290p. ed. by Andrew Blossom & others. ISBN 978-1-933354-98-9. pap. $15.95. M
Richmond, VA, is a city of contrasts. Steeped in historyâ€”as the capital of the Confederacy and a center of slave tradeâ€”the city has become known for state politics, commerce, culture, and crime as it has become increasingly diverse, while still symbolizing Southern gentility. Although each of these 15 stories reveals a side of Richmond, its contrasts are shown most vividly in Dennis Danversâ€™s â€œTexas Beach,â€� in which a man finds the body of an immigrant killed accidentally while illegally felling trees so that a prominent white politician would have a better view of the James River from his mansion. Murder, scattered through these entries, is most chilling when it is imminent, as in Tom De Havenâ€™s â€œPlaying with DaBlonde,â€� in which a laid-off ad exec whoâ€™s into porn sees premonitions coming true. VERDICT A lovingly compiled entry in Akashicâ€™s strong regional noir series, this could have appeal beyond the Commonwealth and its capital.