The Akashic Noir series spans dozens of books across numerous cities around the world, each of them united in telling noir stories in disparate locales. Each city informs and colors the criminal activities contained within, allowing new voices and new experiences to unfold in a familiar format. Every book feels, at once, unique and yet representative of a certain style.
Lagos Noir breaks with this tradition somewhat, as fewer than half of the stories really fit the noir aesthetic that has defined the series for so long. Instead, Lagos Noir abandons the concept in order to remain true to the flip side of the Akashic Noir coin: representing the subject city in a realistic, meaningful, honest fashion.
And it doesn’t hurt the collection to step back from the noir trappings a bit. The stories will still feel familiar, despite the unfamilar slang employed by many of the characters. There is still greed, innocence, ambition, and all the trappings that make crime stories so engaging.
The Lagos angle is as educating and eye-opening as it is engaging, quickly encouraging the reader to side with any protagonist, no matter how shady, because they’re still better than the corruption all around them. Well, most of the time.
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|Author||Chris Abani, Editor|
|Page Count||224 pages|
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|Category||Mystery, Crime & Thriller|