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Old 05-23-2011, 07:12 PM   #1
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Free(nook/Kindle/Sony/Kobo) LA Noire The Collected Stories/Crime Thriller Game Tie-In

L.A. Noire: The Collected Stories is a free promotional collection of short stories tying into the computer game by Rockstar Games.

Many of stories seem to be by fairly big-name authors in the mystery/thriller/suspense field, and if you go to the B&N product page, you can see a list of their assorted credentials.

Currently a free pre-order from B&N. Since it's a game tie-in promo, I wouldn't be surprised to see it turn up in the other stores once the June 6th release date comes.

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Rockstar Games has partnered with Mulholland Books to publish a collection of short fiction expanding the world of the newest groundbreaking achievement in storytelling: the interactive crime thriller L.A. Noire.

1940s Hollywood, murder, deception and mystery take center stage as readers reintroduce themselves to characters seen in L.A. Noire. Explore the lives of actresses desperate for the Hollywood spotlight; heroes turned defeated men; and classic Noir villains. Readers will come across not only familiar faces, but familiar cases from the game that take on a new spin to tell the tales of emotionally torn protagonists, depraved schemers and their ill-fated victims.

With original short fiction by Megan Abbott, Lawrence Block, Joe Lansdale, Joyce Carol Oates, Francine Prose, Jonathan Santlofer, Duane Swierczynski and Andrew Vachss, L.A. Noire: The Collected Stories breathes new life into a time-honored American tradition, in an exciting anthology that will appeal to fans of suspense and gamers everywhere.
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Old 05-23-2011, 07:44 PM   #2
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It's also on Kindle pre-order though with a price of 0.99 attached. http://www.amazon.com/L-Noire-Collec...6194152&sr=1-1
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Old 05-31-2011, 11:22 PM   #3
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Old 05-31-2011, 11:53 PM   #4
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I'm glad the pre-order is free for Kindle now, though we still have to wait til the 6th for it to be available. Something to look forward to.
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Even though it is free, Amazon asked for my credit card. Is that usual?
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Old 06-01-2011, 12:42 AM   #6
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Yeah, they always want a credit card for pre-orders, even the $0.00 promotional ones.
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Yeah, they always want a credit card for pre-orders, even the $0.00 promotional ones.
I imagine they want to get an idea of how many people are taking advantage of the pre-orders and what genre of books the largest download count is.
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I imagine they want to get an idea of how many people are taking advantage of the pre-orders and what genre of books the largest download count is.
Lazy programmers - all pre-orders at amazon require a credit card, even the $0.00 ones.
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Lazy programmers - all pre-orders at amazon require a credit card, even the $0.00 ones.
Harsh but fair, K.
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REALLY hoping they port this game to PC, I would LOVE to play it, and thanks for the link to the book!

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With the exception of the Lansdale short (which still isn't his best work), this collection just isn't worth much more than... well, free. Maybe it's just me, but there's more to noir than a 40's setting, a conflicted cop and a fallen starlet.

I was excited at first, but now... even though it was free, I still feel ripped off somehow.
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