Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Teaser Tuesday: Portland Noir

"She's  a touch thick, not quite shed of her winter fat, but she wears her flesh with oblivious self-assurance.  I have no doubt a man with a flatter belly could pay her bar tab and bed her the same night, with no idea of the problems she'll cause over breakfast."

-- From "Coffee, Black" by Bill Cameron in Portland Noir, edited by Kevin Sampsell.
This collection of original short stories is all over the map -- if the map is Portland, Oregon. Each one is set in a different neighborhood in the Rose City, but all those neighborhoods are in the seedy underbelly of my city. 

I am half-way through the collection, and so far, Bill Cameron's story is my favorite. It is traditional, hard-boiled detective noir -- but caffeinated. This coffee-house mystery perfectly captures Portland's espresso-fueled culture.

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by Should Be Reading, where you can find the official rules for this weekly event.


Book Dilettante said...

Oh, he's good. Nice tease from Cameron's story. My teaser.

Kaye said...

Very interesting teaser. Wonder what mischief is in the works for breakfast.
Have a good week and happy reading. My teaser is here .

Kaye said...

Very interesting teaser. Wonder what mischief is in the works for breakfast.
Have a good week and happy reading. My teaser is here .

Connie said...

I love the cover of this book!

Rose City Reader said...

BD -- Yes, he is! I want to find his books and give them a try. Thanks for the link.

Kaye -- I know! That sentence packs in a lot of possibilities. Thanks for your link.

Connie -- It's a great cover. Do you live in Portland? If not, the picture is of a statue in Pioneer Square downtown. It's just a man with an umbrella, but he seems very Portland, for some reason.

JaneGS said...

>This coffee-house mystery perfectly captures Portland's espresso-fueled culture.

Nicely put! I'm thinking about visiting Portland this summer on our way to Ashland Shakespeare, but reading about the underbelly of the city may not be the best way to learn about the city.

Still, I love short stories and this sounds like an interesting collection.

Lorin said...

I can totally picture it - what a great teaser.

here's my teaser at arch thinking.

Alice Audrey said...

I like your description as much as the teaser.

Mine is here.

Barbara said...

sounds like a good read -- love short fiction.

here's mine

jlshall said...

Wow, this one sounds like something I definitely need to check out. Love the teaser!

Jennifer said...

Great teaser!

Here is mine: http://twe.ly/5Ac

Jennifer @ Mrs.Q: Book Addict

Rose City Reader said...

Jane -- Thanks! There are plenty of nice places to visit in Portland without seeing the underbelly!

Loren -- Thanks for your link. I'll go visit now.

Alice -- Thanks for the compliment! And the link.

Barbara -- I don't usually read short stories, so it is hard for me to get into a whole book of them. But I am enjoying this one. Thanks for the link.

Joy -- This was definitely my favorite of the stories so far. Several are very good, a couple didn't appeal to me because they featured young characters -- I question whether 20-somethings can be "noir." :)

Jennifer -- Thanks for your link.

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

This sounds really interesting!

Sun Singer said...

Great cover, sneaky teaser. It's the kind of thing I wish I'd thought of writing and put in one of my books.


P.S. My teaser is here:


Rose City Reader said...

Sheila -- Thanks for visiting!

SS -- It is a sneaky teaser! That breakfast comment opens the door to so many possibilities. Thanks for the link.

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