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Orange County Gris



It was a damn grey day, "the color of television tuned to a dead channel."

I was down in Seal Beach for it, to promote the book. But after that was done, I dropped in on the Red Car Museum (!), which is in a red car on Electric Avenue, and then into the Seal Beach Library.

With my new OC library card, I checked out a nice little anthology put out by Akashic Press last year: Orange County Noir. (I've linked so you can go straight to the press's site, but of course it's also available at Amazon--which I'm redoubling my orders through since LAANE recommends we in California boycott it). Sight unseen, this book is a winner, but crack the spine and what more can you want?

I like to pretend I know the OC after a lifetime of tangential day-long forays. I probably don't. These people do: Susan Straight, Robert S. Levinson, Rob Roberge, Nathan Walpow, Barbara DeMarco-Barrett, Dan Duling, Mary Castillo, Lawrence Maddox, Dick Lochte, Robert Ward, Gary Phillips, Gordon McAlpine, Martin J. Smith, Patricia McFall. Phillips is the editor.

I started with Nathan Walpow's piece, "A Good Day's Work," which is set in Seal Beach. More later. But how damn grey was this Seal Beach day? How well suited for noir was the gris?

See, I wasn't lying...