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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Prison Noir Review

This anthology presents an absolutely new perspective on prison literature. Some prisoners are encouraged to write, but few are encouraged to write crime fiction set behind bars (in some institutions, that subject matter is prohibited). Joyce Carol Oates has done an outstanding job of curating a top-notch collection of stories that bring the reader truly behind the "scenes" of prison life. Features brand-new stories by: Christopher M. Stephen, Sin Soracco, Scott Gutches, Eric Boyd, Ali F. Sareini, Stephen Geez, B.M. Dolarman, Zeke Caligiuri, Marco Verdoni, Kenneth R. Brydon, Linda Michelle Marquardt, Andre White, Timothy Pauley, Bryan K. Palmer, and William Van Poyck.

I received a copy of this book in paperback format from the publisher at no cost in exchange for my honest review.

My Review

This is quite an interesting collection of short stories. The perspective that these stories come from, prisoners and former prisoners, makes this book very original. Each story has it's own writing style and the individuals voice comes through. The stories are interesting, intriguing and sometimes sad and violent. This collection has a bit of a dark feel to it that will appeal to readers of a wide variety. This is a collection of stories that you will want to take your time with, savor, and probably re read a few times. Prison Noir will be on my bookshelf for a long time. Check it out at the link below and see if it belongs on yours too! 

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