Orange County Noir

This 2010 collection from Akashic Books, edited by Gary Phillips, features all-new short stories by Susan Straight, Gordon McAlpine, and many other writers, and includes Smith’s “Dark Matter,” about a fading rock star at the end of his wild ride.

“This volume, like coming in from a sudden storm and then being gripped by a heavy riff from Bird’s horn, takes you on a hard-boiled tour behind the Orange Curtain. Among those you’ll meet are a reclusive rock star who has lived way too long in his twisted head.” — Gary Phillips, from the introduction

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