Everybody knows that L.A. Noire has its roots firmly lodged in the pulp fiction of post-war America. Today, it’s revealed that, in a delightful tip of the hat, Rockstar Games has teamed up with Mulholland Books to publish a series of short stories based on or inspired by the game.
L.A. Noire: The Collected Stories will be available for digital download from June 6th, through all major eBook retailers.
Sam Houser, founder of Rockstar Games explains:
“L.A. Noire draws on a rich history of not just film, but also great crime literature for inspiration.
“Using the game’s world as a springboard, we worked with the genre’s best writers to create stories that lived up to the finest traditions of crime fiction.”
Michael Pietsch is a Publisher at Little, Brown and Company, parent company of Mulholland Books. Looks like he likes the deal, too:
“We are thrilled to be embarking on a creative partnership with the team at Rockstar Games.
“The possibilities for cross-promotions of this nature, encouraging gamers to read and readers to play games are huge. We’re looking forward to a new frontier of book publishing possibilities and see Rockstar as an ideal partner.”
The collection of stories – some of which include characters and cases from L.A. Noire – feature themes of murder, deception and mystery all wrapped in 1940s Hollywood glamour. The line-up of authors is spectacular, featuring Joyce Carol Oates, Lawrence Block, Jonathan Santlofer and Andrew Vachss, among others.
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.
And keep your eyes peeled, gumshoes – select stories will be popping up all over the place in the leadup to the L.A. Noire launch later this month. To get an early taste, head over to the [surl=http://www.rockstargames.com]Rockstar Games website[/surl], and take a look at an excerpt from Megan Abbott’s contribution, The Girl.