Detroit Noir (Book Notes)
Detroit Noir is a collection of 15 short stories that delve into the dark and gritty underbelly of Detroit. Edited by acclaimed author and Detroit native, E.J. Olsen, the book features stories by some of the city's most prominent writers, including Joyce Carol Oates and Loren D. Estleman.
Each story offers a unique perspective on the city of Detroit, highlighting the social and economic struggles faced by its inhabitants. From tales of corruption and crime to stories of family and loss, the book paints a vivid portrait of a city in turmoil.
In When the Spirit Moves You by Lolita Hernandez, a young girl witnesses the aftermath of a brutal crime and must come to terms with her own complicity in the event. In The Twenty Dollar Bill by Craig Holden, a homeless man discovers a mysterious twenty-dollar bill that leads him down a dangerous path.
Other stories, such as Kings of Lost Causes by Peter Markus, explore the complexities of family relationships and the struggle to escape one's past. And in Eight Ball by Desiree Cooper, a woman's life is forever changed when she takes a job as a phone sex operator.
SUMMARY: Detroit Noir offers a gripping and visceral look into the darker side of one of America's most iconic cities. The stories are skillfully crafted and offer a powerful commentary on the human experience in the face of adversity.