DallasNoir1-509x800The forthcoming book, “Dallas Noir,” releases Nov. 5, and events this week offer a sneak peek into the short story collection that has already received some buzz at the Texas Book Festival.

It also received a mention in Texas Monthly’s “5 Things You’ll be Talking about in November” and the Dallas Morning News just reviewed the book this past weekend, saying, “If you think Dallas is boring or white-bread — well, perhaps you haven’t gotten out much and seen the dark edges of Big D for yourself. And if you haven’t, maybe you don’t even want to.”

Published by Akashic Books, “Dallas Noir” features different pieces of crime mysteries in settings around the city, including a couple in our neighborhood. ”

The Realtor” by Ben Fountain takes place on Swiss Avenue, and “Night Work” by Clay Reynolds is in Old East Dallas. Matt Bondurant’s “Hole-Man” in the White Rock area. There’s also one titled, “Swingers Anonymous,” by Jonathan Woods set in the M Streets.

Other spots include Oak Cliff, Deep Ellum, Oak Lawn, South Dallas, Preston Hollow, Plano and even Cleburne.

The book is edited by local literary agent David Hale Smith, and all the authors are veteran writers, mostly from the Dallas area, including Lakewood resident Kathleen Kent, who writes “Coincidences Can Kill You.”

So, if you want to delve into the creepier sides of Dallas, this is a good start.

Attend author Q&As:
7-9 p.m. Oct. 30 at Half Price Books on Northwest Highway

7 p.m. Nov. 5 at Barnes & Noble at Lincoln Park

1-3 p.m. Nov. 9 at the SMU Bookstore

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