Montreal Noir Book
Score: 4
From 6 Ratings

Montreal Noir


  • Author : John McFetridge
  • Publisher : Akashic Books
  • Release Date : 2017-11-07
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781617756061

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Montreal Noir Excerpt :

“American crime fiction fans will welcome the opportunity to sample the short fiction of some worthy Canadian authors.” —Publishers Weekly Following the success of Toronto Noir, the Noir Series explores new Canadian terrain, featuring both English and Francophone authors. Like the city it springs from, Montreal Noir is an intriguing mix of culture, identities, and neighborhoods with one thing in common: the dark side of human nature. This collection presents stories by Patrick Senécal, Tess Fragoulis, Howard Shrier, Michel Basilières, Robert Pobi, Samuel Archibald, Geneviève Lefebvre, Ian Truman, Johanne Seymour, Arjun Basu, Martin Michaud, Melissa Yi, Catherine McKenzie, Peter Kirby, and Brad Smith. “Montreal solidifies its reputation as the epicentre for Canadian noir in a strong new anthology.” —Quill & Quire “Brings together a bicultural roster of talent by some of the city’s best crime-fiction specialists, with tales from the city’s many neighbourhoods.” —Toronto Star “An impressive roster . . . Stories from across the many sub-genres of mystery: police procedural, thriller, private eye, psychological suspense, and hard-boiled crime.” —Montreal Review of Books “Whether it’s the quirkiness of the characters, the ingenuity of the puzzles, or the big hearts inside some of the darkest villains, noir’s different north of the border.” —Kirkus Reviews

Vancouver Noir Book
Score: 4
From 8 Ratings

Vancouver Noir


  • Author : Linda L. Richards
  • Publisher : Akashic Books
  • Release Date : 2018-11-06
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9781617756849

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Vancouver Noir Excerpt :

This “excellent anthology” of noir fiction set in Canada’s City of Glass features all-new stories by Linda L. Richards, Sam Wiebe, Yasuko Thanh and more (Quill & Quire, starred review). For many people, Vancouver is a city of affluence, athleisure, and craft beer. But if look a little closer at this gentrified paradise, you’ll find the old saying holds true: behind every fortune there’s a crime. Hidden beneath Vancouver’s gleaming glass skyscrapers are shadowy streets where poverty, drugs, and violence rule the day. These fourteen stories of crime and mayhem in the Pacific Northwest offer an entertaining “mix of wily pros, moody misfits, bewildered bystanders, and a touch of the supernatural” (Kirkus). Vancouver Noir features the Arthur Ellis Award-winning story “Terminal City” by Linda L. Richards, and the Arthur Ellis Award-finalist “Wonderful Life” by Sam Wiebe. It also includes entries by Timothy Taylor, Sheena Kamal, Robin Spano, Carleigh Baker, Dietrich Kalteis, Nathan Ripley, Yasuko Thanh, Kristi Charish, Don English, Nick Mamatas, S.G. Wong, and R.M. Greenaway.

Toronto Noir Book
Score: 2.5
From 2 Ratings

Toronto Noir


  • Author : Janine Armin
  • Publisher : Akashic Books
  • Release Date : 2008
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781933354507

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Toronto Noir Excerpt :

Presents short stories about Toronto, including noir and crime fiction by writers such as Peter Robinson, Gail Bowen, Michael Redhill, and Kim Moritsugu.

Let Darkness Bury the Dead Book
Score: 4
From 2 Ratings

Let Darkness Bury the Dead


  • Author : Maureen Jennings
  • Publisher : McClelland & Stewart
  • Release Date : 2017-11-07
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9780771050596

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Let Darkness Bury the Dead Excerpt :

Canada's premier author of historical mystery fiction returns with a brand new and highly anticipated Murdoch Mystery, with an older and wiser Detective Murdoch. It is November 1917. The Great War is grinding on, chewing up young men by the thousands. Initially, in the loyal Dominion of Canada, people are mostly eager to support the Motherland and fight for the Empire. Men perceived as slackers or cowards are shunned. But the carnage is horrendous and with enforced conscription, the enthusiasm for war is dimming. William Murdoch is a widower, a senior detective who, thanks to the new temperance laws, spends his time tracking down bootleggers and tipplers; most unsatisfying. His wife, Amy, died giving birth to their second child, a girl who lived only a few hours more. Murdoch, racked by grief, withdrew from four-year-old, Jack. This he regrets and would dearly love to make up for his negligence. As we enter the story, Jack, now twenty-one, has returned from France after being wounded and gassed at the Battle of Passchendaele. It is soon apparent that he is deeply troubled but he's not confiding in his father. He does, however, seem to be bound by shared secrets to another wounded former soldier, Percy McKinnon. Murdoch suddenly has much more serious crimes than rum-running on his hands. The night after Jack and McKinnon arrive home, a young man is found stabbed to death in the impoverished area of Toronto known as the Ward. Soon after, Murdoch has to deal with a tragic suicide, also a young man. Two more murders follow in quick succession. The only common denominator is that all of the men were exempted from conscription. Increasingly worried that Jack knows more than he is letting on, Murdoch must solve these crimes before more innocents lose their lives. It is a solution that will give him only sorrow.

The Road to Now Book

The Road to Now


  • Author : Dorothy W. Williams
  • Publisher : Vehicule Press
  • Release Date : 1997
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 235
  • ISBN 10 : UOM:39015050519449

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The Road to Now Excerpt :

Blacks have always been a part of the Québec experience—from the original European explorations to enslavement, from Confederation to the present day. Their history is chronicled here, from slavery in Montreal, which lasted officially in New France for seventy-one years, to the impact of the railways on Montreal's black community, to the evolution of the black community's institutions.

Policing Black Lives Book

Policing Black Lives


  • Author : Robyn Maynard
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2018
  • Genre: Blacks
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 1552669807

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Policing Black Lives Excerpt :

Delving behind Canada's veneer of multiculturalism and tolerance, Policing Black Lives traces anti-Blackness from the slave ships to the prisons, the classrooms and beyond.

Birds That Stay Book
Score: 4
From 4 Ratings

Birds That Stay


  • Author : Ann Lambert
  • Publisher : Second Story Press
  • Release Date : 2019-02-19
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 296
  • ISBN 10 : 9781772600926

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Birds That Stay Excerpt :

As winter approaches a small village in the Laurentians, north of Montreal, a reclusive older woman is found strangled outside her home. Roméo Leduc, the enigmatic Chief Inspector for Homicide, is one day away from his first vacation in years but reluctantly answers the call on the case. Marie Russell did not know her elderly neighbour, and she does not expect to become embroiled in solving her murder. Like most people in her sleepy town, Marie values the quiet months after tourists and cottagers leave. But when a startling clue links the crime to a terrible incident that happened on Marie’s suburban Montreal street in the 1970s, Marie becomes an inadvertent detective. As Marie and Roméo combine wits to find the killer, they are forced to face demons from their own pasts as they confront a case where no one and nothing is really as it seems.

Rio Noir Book
Score: 3.5
From 9 Ratings

Rio Noir


  • Author : Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza
  • Publisher : Akashic Books
  • Release Date : 2016-05-16
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 250
  • ISBN 10 : 9781617754623

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Rio Noir Excerpt :

Explore the darker side of the sunny Brazilian city in this gritty mystery anthology featuring fourteen tales by writers from the region. Akashic Books continues its award-winning series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each book comprises all-new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respect city. With Rio Noir, the Akashic Noir series delver for the first time into South America. With stories by: Tony Bellotto, Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza, MV Bill, Luiz Eduardo Soares, Guilherme Fiuza, Arthur Dapieve, Victoria Saramago, Arnaldo Bloch, Adriana Lisboa, Alexandre Fraga dos Santos, Marcelo Ferroni, Flávio Carneiro, Raphael Montes, and Luis Fernando Verissimo. All stories translated from Portuguese by Clifford Landers (Coelho’s The Alchemist, etc.). Praise for Rio Noir “In the latest entry to this globetrotting series, a man goes for a tarot reading and winds up poisoned by the daughter he never knew he had. And that’s just one story in a collection that takes us down the mysterious alleys and mazy favelas of Rio.” —O, the Oprah Magazine “A good introduction to writers of the region and to the dark side of a very sunny place.” —Booklist “A solid addition to Akashic's acclaimed noir series.” —Publishers Weekly

Seven Days Book
Score: 4
From 2 Ratings

Seven Days


  • Author : Patrick Senécal
  • Publisher : Simon & Schuster
  • Release Date : 2019-01-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 1982102616

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Seven Days Excerpt :

For fans of Stephen King’s Misery and Jo Nesbø’s The Snowman comes an engrossing thriller about a monster who becomes a victim and a victim who becomes a monster. From Patrick Senécal, the Quebec author who has sold over a million books worldwide. One sunny fall day, Dr. Bruno Hamel’s life changes forever. His beloved seven-year-old daughter, Jasmine, is the victim of a tragic crime. Grief-stricken, Hamel sets in play a meticulous plan. He will kidnap the man responsible for his daughter’s death and make him pay horribly for what he has done. He manages to ambush a police transport and disappear with his target. But Hamel hasn’t accounted for Hervé Mercure, a detective with a troubled past who becomes certain he can track down Hamel by studying clues in his past—and in the increasingly unsettling phone calls Hamel makes to his partner, Sylvie. Both riveting and provocative, this daring thriller is an enthralling meditation on what it means to be human—and to battle the monster within and without.

Without Blood Book
Score: 4.5
From 3 Ratings

Without Blood


  • Author : Martin Michaud
  • Publisher : Dundurn
  • Release Date : 2021-01-19
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9781459742116

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Without Blood Excerpt :

The next raucous, twisty crime novel from the master of the Quebec thriller! Rebellious cop Victor Lessard pursues a ruthless hunter who stalks the streets of Montreal. A senior administrator is stabbed to death in his office at the Montreal General Hospital. In the east end of the city, a dead man is found in the trunk of a stolen BMW. A young woman is hospitalized after an apparent hit and run, but despite her doctor’s objections, she refuses treatment and sets off on a desperate search for the man who helped her. Montreal police detective Victor Lessard and his team of investigators work to find the common thread linking these seemingly unrelated cases. It quickly becomes apparent that there’s no time to lose: a ruthless hunter has come to town, he’s spotted his prey, and he’s waiting for the right moment to close in for the kill.

Haiti Noir 2 Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

Haiti Noir 2


  • Author : Edwidge Danticat
  • Publisher : Akashic Books
  • Release Date : 2013-12-16
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781617752049

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Haiti Noir 2 Excerpt :

Stories of crime and corruption set in this Caribbean country by Edwidge Danticat, Roxane Gay, Dany Laferrière, and more. These darkly suspenseful stories offer a deeper and more nuanced look at a nation that has been plagued by poverty, political upheaval, and natural disaster, yet endures even through the bleakest times. Filled with tough characters and twisting plots, they reveal the multitude of human stories that comprise the heart of Haiti. Classic stories by Danielle Legros Georges, Jacques Roumain, Ida Faubert, Jacques-Stephen Alexis, Jan J. Dominique, Paulette Poujol Oriol, Lyonel Trouillot, Emmelie Prophète, Ben Fountain, Dany Laferrière, Georges Anglade, Edwidge Danticat, Michèle Voltaire Marcelin, Èzili Dantò, Marie-Hélène Laforest, Nick Stone, Marilène Phipps-Kettlewell, Myriam J.A. Chancey, and Roxane Gay. “Skillfully uses a popular genre to help us better understand an often frustratingly complex and indecipherable society.” —The Miami Herald “Presents an excellent array of writers, primarily Haitian, whose graphic descriptions portray a country ravaged by corruption, crime, and mystery. . . . A must read for everyone.” —The Caribbean Writer

Blacks in Montreal  1628 1986 Book

Blacks in Montreal 1628 1986


  • Author : Dorothy W. Williams
  • Publisher : Cowansville, Quebec : Éditions Yvon Blais
  • Release Date : 1989
  • Genre: Blacks
  • Pages : 147
  • ISBN 10 : 2890736903

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Last Night in Montreal Book
Score: 4
From 15 Ratings

Last Night in Montreal


  • Author : Emily St. John Mandel
  • Publisher : Unbridled Books
  • Release Date : 2009
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 247
  • ISBN 10 : 9781932961683

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Last Night in Montreal Excerpt :

Eli searches for his ex-lover Lilia after she disappears one morning from his Brooklyn apartment, but he discovers surprises about her childhood after going to Montreal on a tip from a source who says that Lilia may be there.

Fear of a Black Nation Book

Fear of a Black Nation


  • Author : David Austin
  • Publisher : Between the Lines
  • Release Date : 2013-05-27
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 286
  • ISBN 10 : 9781771130110

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Fear of a Black Nation Excerpt :

In the 1960s, for at least a brief moment, Montreal became what seemed an unlikely centre of Black Power and the Caribbean left. In October 1968 the Congress of Black Writers at McGill University brought together well-known Black thinkers and activists from Canada, the United States, Africa, and the Caribbean, people like C.L.R. James, Stokely Carmichael, Miriam Makeba, Rocky Jones, and Walter Rodney. Within months of the Congress, a Black-led protest at Sir George Williams University (now Concordia) exploded on the front pages of newspapers across the country, raising state security fears about Montreal as the new hotbed of international Black radical politics.

The Butcher of Park Ex Book

The Butcher of Park Ex


  • Author : Andreas Kessaris
  • Publisher : MiroLand
  • Release Date : 2020-10
  • Genre: Humor
  • Pages : 215
  • ISBN 10 : 1771834919

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The Butcher of Park Ex Excerpt :

The Butcher of Park Ex is a humorous collection of personal stories inspired by the author's life growing up in Montreal's Park Extension neighbourhood, with Greek immigrant parents who never quite adapted to life in their new country. Never really fitting in with his ethnic community, and never feeling like part of mainstream Quebec or Canadian society, he sets out on an over forty-year search for answers, encountering amazingly interesting people and unique misadventures while trying to navigate a world where he is constantly the odd man out.