Miami Noir: The Classics takes a long look back at noir stories from the past. Editor Les Standiford cleverly excerpted novels to provide a broader view of classic noir from Miami. The stories were published between 1926 and 2006, eighty years of desperate men and women fighting to survive and thrive in impossible situations.

The first story is “Pineland” by Marjory Stoneman Douglas, a writer whose work has been overwhelmed by the mass murder at a school named after her and the activism of the surviving students. There is an excerpt from Zora Neale Hurston’s unforgettable “Their Eyes Were Watching God.” It ends with a touch of humor with “The Monkey’s Fist” by Christine Kling.

Miami Noir: The Classics is excellent and I enjoyed it a lot. It complicates the Miami of C.S. I. and Miami Vice, making it a more appealing city, with more than corrupt politicians, Cuban refugees, and cocaine cartels. This anthology gives us a city of farmers, laborers, grifters, and the working class. So much more interesting.

I received an e-galley of Miami Noir: The Classics from the publisher through Edelweiss