Kansas City Noir

Genre: Fiction

Kansas City Noir

Brand-new stories by: Daniel Woodrell, Matthew Eck, Catherine Browder, Nancy Pickard, John Lutz, J. Malcolm Garcia, Kevin Prufer, Linda Rodriguez, Nadia Pflaum, Phong Nguyen, Andres Rodriguez, and others. Kansas City: where East and West collide, where naked ambition meets broken dreams, where blues and the night go together like rye whiskey, vermouth, and bitters. Yes, Kansas City is a surprising place of grit, gore, and betrayal, at least in the imaginations of our diverse lineup of contributors. Kansas City Noir, another in Akashic's series of geographically specific anthologies, peels back the aura of civility and captures the raw truths of the human condition as lived in this heartland, third-coast city. Among the collection's contributors are Daniel Woodrell, author of the modern classic Winter's Bone and the recent, much lauded story collection, The Outlaw Album; Matthew Eck, author of the noted war novel The Farther Shore; veteran short-fiction writer Catherine Browder; Edgar Award-winning mystery novelists Nancy Pickard and John Lutz; and J. Malcolm Garcia, whose reporting from the war in Afghanistan informs a disturbing tale of restless angst and dislocation. Kansas City Noir takes a compelling tour of the streets of a vibrant American city, complete with accents of jazz, barbecue, and the deeply rooted blues.

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Run time: 7 hours
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Steve Paul
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Suzanne Toren

Biography:
Actress Suzanne Toren has recorded a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction audiobooks in more than 30 years as an audiobook narrator. Her work ranges from novels by authors such as Barbara Kingsolver and Elizabeth Berg to Queen Noor’s autobiography. She received the American Foundation for the Blind’s Scourby Award for Narrator of the Year in 1988.
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Victor Bevine

Biography:
For over thirty years, Victor Bevine has worked as an actor, screenwriter, audio book narrator, director, and more. A graduate of Yale University, his acting credits include many prestigious roles onstage as well as roles in the film version of A Separate Peace and countless television shows. He has read over one hundred and eighty titles as an audiobook narrator; in 2010, he received an Audiophone Award for his narration of the Pulitzer Prize–winning book The Beak of the Finch. He has written several screenplays, including Certainty, which was chosen for two prestigious writers’ conferences and which served as the basis for his first novel. His thirty-minute short film Desert Cross, which he wrote and directed, won accolades at the Athens International Film Festival. Currently, he serves as CEO of the World Freerunning Parkour Federation (WFPF), of which he is co-founder. He resides in New York City.
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Allyson Johnson

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Allyson Johnson began her entertainment career in her hometown of Chicago as an Emmy award-winning child news anchor. A graduate of Brown University, she is a working actress, singer and audiobook narrator in the New York City metropolitan area.
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Lauren Fortgang

Biography:
Lauren Fortgang graduated from Fordham University's Theater Program and currently lives in NYC. She has taken on roles as an actress, spokesperson, narrator, and costume designer, and has recorded everything from video games to text books. She works steadily as an audiobook narrator with Audible, Inc. having recorded over 200 titles.
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Kevin T. Collins

Biography:
Kevin T. Collins has appeared Off-Broadway, on TV in Law & Order and several daytime dramas, and in feature films including Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock. Kevin works extensively in the anime world as a voice-actor, has won two AudioFile Earphones Awards, and is also a singer/songwriter. www.kevintcollins.com
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Johnny Heller
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Scott Aiello

Biography:
Scott Aiello is a recent graduate of the Juilliard School Drama Division. Since graduating, he has performed and directed various NY plays and has been seen on Primetime TV in shows such as Person of Interest and Elementary. Before Juilliard, Scott was a regular in the Chicago theater circuit, performing with companies like Steppenwolf, Chicago Shakespeare, and Timeline Theater Co. He has narrated over a dozen audiobooks with Audible.com and is a 2013 Audie Award nominee for his nonfiction narration of Sex and God at Yale by author Nathan Harden.
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R.C. Bray

Biography:
R.C. Bray has performed Off-Broadway, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and many stages in between. An accomplished producer and voiceover artist, R.C.’s voice can also be heard in countless TV and radio commercials. He lives with his gorgeous wife and two beautiful daughters in New England.
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Jennifer Van Dyck
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Nick Sullivan
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John McLain
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Kevin Free

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