1. The Cocaine Chronicles

    Akashic Drug Chronicles

    Gary Phillips

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    The Cocaine Chronicles joins The Speed Chronicles in launching Akashic’s new anthology series styled after the Noir Series.

    Nothing to snort at, this ambitious anthology of jaw-grinding criminal behavior is masterfully curated by acclaimed authors Phillips and Tervalon. Cocaine, that most troubling and fascinating of substances is the subject, the subtext, the whys and whereofs in The Cocaine Chronicles, a collection of original short stories that are funny and harrowing, sad and scary, but at all times riveting. The Cocaine Chronicles contains tough tales by a cross-section of today’s most thought-provoking writers. Featuring brand-new stories by: Susan Straight, Lee Child, Laura Lippman, Ken Bruen, Jerry Stahl, Nina Revoyr, Bill Moody, Emory Holmes II, James Brown, Gary Phillips, Jervey Tervalon, Kerry E. West, Donnell Alexander, Deborah Vankin, Robert Ward, Manuel Ramos, and Detrice Jones.

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    Akashic Books

Editorial Reviews

  • “The best stories in The Cocaine Chronicles . . . are equal to the best fiction being written today.” —New York Journal of Books

  • “While The Cocaine Chronicles is a hard, honest, uncompromising read and might not be for the faint of heart, the stories it tells all have to do with a drug that’s been around for a while and is not going anywhere. Also, some stories offer a bit of hope, which shine through as invitations to never give up.” —Austin Post

  • “The perfect stocking stuffer for your uncle in AA.” —New York Observer

  • The Cocaine Chronicles is a pure, jangled hit of urban, gritty, and raw noir. Caution: these stories are addicting.” —Harlan Coben, author of Just One Look

  • “Every story is A+. All contributors are top notch . . . Should be required reading for writers who want to master the craft of the short story.” —Cherry Bleeds

  • “Trust us, you’ll be hooked. A-” —Giant Magazine

  • “Seventeen remarkable short stories from an impressive gathering of seasoned writers . . . The contributors’ gifts of communication and impeccable style come together to create a literary experience quite unlike any other . . .” —PopMatters


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About the author

Gary Phillips

Gary Phillips (b. 1955) is a critically acclaimed author of mysteries and graphic novels. Born in South Central Los Angeles, Phillips grew up reading comics and classic pulp fiction. He took inspiration from heroes like Doc Savage when he created his first series character, Ivan Monk, in the early 1990s. 

Phillips introduced his second series character, Martha Chainey, in High Hand (2000) and followed that rollicking tale of a showgirl's mafia troubles with two more books. When not writing, Phillips spends his time with his family, his dog, and an occasional cigar. Phillips continues to live and work in Los Angeles.