MysteryPeople Q&A with Jerry Thompson and Eddie Muller, editors of OAKLAND NOIR

The latest city to get in Akashic’s sights is that tough city by the bay. In Oakland Noir, Jerry Thompson and Eddie Muller have gotten a cadre of authors that reflect the diversity of both the city and the genre. Eddie also contributed a story dealing with one complicated land lady. Both editors were kind enough to do an interview with us.

  • Interview by Crime Fiction Coordinator Scott Montgomery

MysteryPeople Scott: What unique quality does Oakland bring to noir?

Jerry Thompson: Oakland is a city with eyes, fingers and a rich memory of events that created some of the most legendary characters in fiction, film.

Eddie Muller: I grew up with an image of Oakland as the most noir city in the world—by which I mean black. African-American. Which was supposed to scare us white folks. After living here for more than 25 years I now see what BS that was, and still is. Sure, scary shit goes on here—but most of it happens inside gangs and on the police force. I’m more wary of City Hall right now than a rough corner of West Oakland.

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Three Picks for April

We’ve got a great selection of mysteries coming out this month, and we’re excited to highlight our favorite subgenres with this month’s picks. From rural noir, to Tartan noir, to Akashic’s new collection Oakland Noir, the picks below are all strong additions to the genre, each with a perfect sense of place.

murder2bon2bthe2bred2briverMurder On The Red River by Marcie R. Rendon

Cash, an Native American woman living on the North Dakota side of the Red River who has been through a lot in her nineteen years, helps out her guardian, a local sheriff, solve the murder of an Native man on the Minnesota side. Rondon creates a great, gritty sense of place to go along with her one of a kind heroine. Murder on the Red River comes out April 11th. Pre-order now!

9780316271776Every Night I Dream Of Hell by Malcolm MacKay

When his boss is arrested, enforcer Nate Colgan reluctantly takes the reins of his Glasgow crew, putting him between a dogged copper and his wicked ex, who may have her own criminal designs. Fast, funny, violent, and full of colorful criminals, this book is pure Scottish noir. Every Night I Dream of Hell comes out April 11th. Pre-order now!

9781617755309Oakland Noir edited by Jerry Thompson and Eddie Muller

California’s toughest city gets the Akashic treatment. Whether dealing with the postwar underworld or a one complicated land lady, this collection of stories covers the multicultural characters who love, fight, and survive in the city with some fine writing. You can find copies of Oakland Noir on our shelves and via bookpeople.com