"Light Bulb" by Nancy Pickard was selected for inclusion in 'The Best American Mystery Stories 2013', edited by Otto Penzler and Lisa Scottoline"Kansas City, famous for its jazz, its barbecue, and its shady history, provides the venue for this solid addition to Akashic's acclaimed noir anthology series." - 'Publishers Weekly' "Hard-used heroes and heroines seem to live a lifetime in the stories...Each one seems almost novelistic in scope. Half novels-in-waiting, half journalistic anecdotes that are equally likely to appeal to Kansas City boosters and strangers." - 'Kirkus Reviews' "Travel has many unexpected benefits, so even if you've never had a reason to visit the city itself, you'll find 'Kansas City Noir' surprisingly well worth the price of the ticket." - ' Bookgasm' "Picture steam rising from a sewer grate on a rain-slicked street. The sound of footsteps comes closer and closer behind you as you walk down a dark, downtown Kansas City alley. If this scenario entices you, then you just might enjoy 'Kansas City Noir'." - 'Kansas City Public Television' "What we heard was REALLY GOOD. So good in fact that we picked up a copy. Now we're... getting ready to read it in one sitting." - 'Tony's Kansas City ' Brand-new stories from: J. Malcolm Garcia, Grace Suh, Daniel Woodrell, Kevin Prufer, Matthew Eck, Philip Stephens, Catherine Browder, John Lutz, Nancy Pickard, Linda Rodriguez, Andres Rodríguez, Mitch Brian, Nadia Pflaum, and Phong Nguyen. Steve Paul has been a writer and editor at the 'The Kansas City Star' since 1975. Currently the arts editor, he writes about music, books, architecture, food, and, occasionally, murder. He's the author of 'Architecture A to Z: An Elemental, Alphabetical Guide to Kansas City's Built Environment'. A former bookseller and a native of Boston, he has served as a board member and officer of the National Book Critics Circle.