Year 2, Book 5

5. Baltimore Noir edited by Laura Lippman
Let me state at the beginning that I don’t really like short stories or crime fiction and thus I’m probably not the best person to judge this collection of crime short stories. I only picked it up because it was all stories written in neighborhoods in Baltimore. I also was especially curious to read the story written by David Simon since I love the Wire and have really enjoyed both his non-fiction books (The Corner and Homicide). But it turns out that the story he wrote was really just a rewrite of one of the stories from the Wire with the characters names changed. So that was kind of a let-down. Someone who enjoys short stories and crime fiction better than I might actually enjoy this book, but I really didn’t. I give it a 5 out of 10.

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