Lagos has, like many coastal cities, a very checkered and noir past. It is the largest city in Nigeria and its former capital. It is also the largest megacity on the African continent, with a population approximating twenty-one million, and by itself is the fourth-largest economy in Africa...It is rumored that there are more canals in Lagos than in Venice. Except in Lagos they are often unintentional. Gutters that have become waterways and lagoons fenced in by stilt homes or full of logs for a timber industry most of us don't know exists. All of it skated by canoes as slick as any dragonfly. There are currently no moonlight or other gondola rides available... The thirteen stories that comprise this volume stretch the boundaries of "noir" fiction, but each one of them fully captures the essence of noir, the unsettled darkness that continues to lurk in the city's streets, alleys, and waterways...Together, these stories create an unchartered path through the center of Lagos and out to its peripheries, revealing so much more truth at the heart of this tremendous city than any guidebook, TV show, film, or book you are likely to find.

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New York Journal of Bo

04 Jun 2018
8.0
"These short stories are of uneven quality, but there are no complete misfires among them. Each offers something of value, including a cornucopia of delight in the darkness." ...
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Kirkus Reviews

10 Jul 2018
8.0
Noir comes to Africa. Abani’s introduction promises that these 13 mostly new stories—Nnedi Okorafor’s “Showlogo” already appeared in an earlier version, as did the introduction—will reveal “much more truth at the heart of this tremendou ...
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Blog Critics

03 Jun 2018
8.0
"Each of the writers brings their own little piece of Lagos to life with such vividness you can almost hear the rats stirring in the garbage and feel the layers of humidity and heat weighing on your skin." ...
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Brittle Paper

15 May 2018
8.0
"The quality of the prose is top-notch, the narratives and their locations are vivid and engaging. This anthology stands out because of its unique approach to crime and punishment, and its intense focus on the sociological aspects of crime in one of ...

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Format:

Paperback

Length:

224 pages

Published:

June 5, 2018

Publisher:

Akashic Books

ISBN:

978-1-617-75523-1

Language:

English

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