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'Oakland Noir' tells stories of intrigue from The Town

Akashic Books

The dark fiction genre, "noir",  evokes smoky black and white crime films, with fast talkin’, gun toting men in slick suits and fedoras. But what does noir mean today? 

A new collection of short fiction called Oakland Noir tells tales of peril and intrigue based on the reality of present day Oakland—all contributed by local authors from the east and west, hills and flatlands of the city. The noir collection is part of a series that travels from city to city. Editors Jerry Thompson and Eddie Muller, known as the Noir Czar, joined our host, Hana Baba, in studio. 

"There's no such thing as a standoff in Oakland. We don't have that kind of patience on either side. Either the Po Po is going to let it fly or the target will. This ain't a TV how like Law and Order. This is Town biz."

Hana Baba is host of Crosscurrents, KALW's weeknight newsmagazine that broadcasts on KALW Public Radio in the San Francisco Bay Area.