"Covering one of the widest spectrums of genre-inspired stories, Chris Abani is as masterful as he is meticulous in his assembly of noir...Lagos Noir is a colorful and harrowing vision preserving the distinct voice of each contributor contained within its pages. The collection carries a moving and self-contained quality while simultaneously sparking hope that the Noir series will eventually forge its way into further explorations of Africa."
--World Literature Today
"There is...greed, innocence, ambition, and all the trappings that make crime stories so engaging. The Lagos angle is as educating and eye-opening as it is engaging, quickly encouraging the reader to side with any protagonist, no matter how shady, because they're still better than the corruption all around them. Well, most of the time."
--Manhattan Book Review
"This volume is a must, as it introduces new writers of considerable talent and new works by writers you may have read and enjoyed previously...If you just like good stories about ordinary people with an extraordinary twist, this collection should not be missed."
--New York Journal of Books
"The African megalopolis of Lagos, Nigeria, makes a perfect setting for mystery stories with a noir bent...With its breadth of contributors, this latest volume in the publisher's city noir series will satisfy both the fan of contemporary African fiction and the newcomer interested in discovering some new voices."
"In June, Akashic has three of the more exciting recent installments to its wildly popular Noir city series: Santa Cruz, Lagos, and Sï¿½o Paulo. The Lagos volume is a standout, with Chris Abani serving as editor and tapping into the city's vibrant literary scene, but Santa Cruz and Sï¿½o Paulo both have plenty to be excited about, especially if you're a fan of seaside noir or Brazilian fiction. These are three vibrant, international cities with distinct cultures and social issues best explored through noir."
--CrimeReads, included in "Summer's Most Anticipated Crime, Mystery, and Thrillers"
"Many stories have been written about the continent's largest megacity Lagos, but let's be honest--you can never have enough stories about Lagos."
--OkayAfrica, included in "5 Books by African Writers You Need to Read This Summer"
"The stories run the gamut from atmospheric pieces with a vicious twist in the tail, through to mini thrillers and some unusual police procedurals. All are set in Lagos, and although the sense of place is strong across the collection, the authors' styles are quite different. It's one of the most interesting collections I've read in the genre."
--The Big Thrill
"Any reader that has actually lived in Lagos will definitely nod in agreement to certain stories that describe their Lagos experience."
"I have never been to Lagos, Nigeria, but it didn't take long before I was immersed in the sounds and smells of the city. The stories in Lagos Noir might deal with the dark side of the city, but even stories about crooked cops or suspicious landlords can't disguise how enamored the writers are with the city--and it's likely that readers soon will be, too."
"Each story is skillfully chosen and placed in the anthology. I highly recommend this addition to the Akashic series."
--The CyberLibrarian (blog)
"The collection of 13 stories Abani has put together brings Lagos, largest city and former capital of Nigeria and one of the largest cities in Africa, to life...This may not be the book the Nigerian tourist industry wants you to read as an inducement to come visit their country, but it sure is a lot of fun to read. Each of the writers brings their own little piece of Lagos to life with such vividness you can almost hear the rats stirring in the garbage and feel the layers of humidity and heat weighing on your skin."
"This anthology stands out because of its unique approach to crime and punishment, and its intense focus on the sociological aspects of crime in one of the world's largest, fastest growing and most complex regions. Lagos Noir is a must-read for crime lovers looking for something different to read in a highly saturated market."