REVIEW: DARK CITY LIGHTS: NEW YORK STORIES (EDITED BY LAWRENCE BLOCK)

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Dark City Lights: New York Stories
Three Rooms Press (ebook), 2015
390 Pages

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Amazon (UK)

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BLURB
Famed detective and mystery writer Lawrence Block (A Walk Among the Tombstones, 8 Million Ways to Die) takes the helm as guest editor for DARK CITY LIGHTS, the fourth edition of the Have a NYC series. Twenty-three thrilling, hilarious and poignant short stories—all based in New York City—written by new and acclaimed fiction masters, including Robert Silverberg (Hugo and Nebula Award multiple winner; grand master of SFWA); Ed Park (author, Personal Days; senior editor, Amazon’s literary imprint, Little A); Jim Fusilli (rock and pop music critic, Wall Street Journal; author, Closing Time and A Well-Known Secret); Parnell Hall (author, Last Puzzle & Testament); SJ Rozan (Edgar, Shamus, Anthony, Nero and Macavity award-wining author); Brian Koppelman (co-writer, Ocean’s 13 and Rounders); Elaine Kagan (author, No Good-Byes; actress, GoodFellas), and more. A brilliant book that redefines the New York of today—and tomorrow.

OPENING SENTENCE
SOMEONE ON WYC IS TALKING about mindfulness, how it’s not about quote unquote checking out at all (AMSTERDAM IN THE 90’S BY ED PARK)

REVIEW
Dark City Lights is a really enjoyable collection of short stories. I liked the fact they are all set in New York City. The setting is where the similarity ends and the unique aspect of this collection is the diversity of the stories. The subject matters are far ranging including the apocalypse, crime stories and love stories. I enjoyed the element of surprise and how I never knew where the next story was going to take me. I like it when an author takes me somewhere unexpected. This happened again and again in this collection. The stories I enjoyed the most were Amsterdam In The 90’s by Ed Park, Bowery Station, 3.15 AM by Warren Moore, The Dead Client by Parnell Hall, Hannibal’s Elephants by Robert Silverberg and Midnight In The Park With Harry by Jane Dentinger. Hannibal’s Elephants by Robert Silverberg is the stand out story in the collection. I loved it. I’d highly recommend this excellent collection.

Stories included:

  • Amsterdam In The 90’s by Ed Park
  • The Big Snip by Thomas Pluck
  • Bowery Station, 3.15 AM by Warren Moore
  • Chloe by Jerrold Mundis
  • The Dead Client by Parnell Hall
  • The Garamento And The Movie Star by Jonathan Santlofer
  • Hannibal’s Elephants by Robert Silverberg
  • Jimmy Takes A Trio by Elaine Kagan
  • Knock Out Whilst by David Levien
  • The Lady Upstairs by Jill D Block
  • Midnight In The Park With Harry by Jane Dentinger
  • Old Hands by Erin Mitchell
  • The Safest Form Of Conveyance by Jim Fusili
  • See/Saw Something by Peter Carlaftes
  • The Soldier, The Dancer, And All That Glitters by Tom Callaghan
  • Spit The Truth by Eve Kagan
  • This Pose Is A Problem by Bill Bernico
  • The Tour Guide by Kate Georges
  • Wang Dang Doodle by Annette Meyers
  • Wednesday Is Viktor’s by Brian Koppelman
  • Wet Dog On A Rainy Day by S J Rozan
  • Why I Took The Job by Peter Hochstein
  • Keller The Dog Killer by Lawrence Block

RATING

4 STAR RATING

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