New L.A. Noire story asks What's in a Name?

Rockstar Games announced that it would delve into the world of pulp fiction with the release of L.A. Noire: The Collected Stories. Now, we’ve got a glimpse at the first full story from the collection – What’s in a Name by Jonathan Santlofer.

“Names can be confusing, like mine, which is John, I think, though when I learned to write, Carole said it was Jon without an h, or maybe James, and when I asked her which one, she said, Who cares?”

L.A. Noire: The Collected Stories - What's In A Name - Jonathan Santlofer

Love the red-and-blue aesthetic

It’s the story of a young sociopath with high hopes (aren’t they all?), who also boasts a curious knowledge of the Los Angeles underworld. His tale intertwines with that of a young LAPD detective who is trying to protect the city, and crack the latest terrifying murder case.

Jonathan Santlofer is an award-winning author, who has written five novels (all of them seeming to have something to do with murder…) as well as generating quite a hefty reputation as an artist to boot. He’s currently based in New York City, but his story hops over to the West Coast to explore the life and times of John… or is it Jon… or maybe it’s James?

What’s in a Name is currently available via the [surl=http://www.rockstargames.com/lanoire/features/stories/]Rockstar Games website[/surl], where you can read it online, or as a downloadable PDF.

While you’re there, check out the blurbs for the upcoming titles – I’m particularly intrigued by Joyce Carol Oates’ contribution, Black Dahlia & White Rose, which meshes elements of the real-world Black Dahlia murder case with the life of a young Norma Jeane Baker.

That’s certainly not the only one we’re looking forward to, though – expect more information about the series over the coming weeks, as we eagerly await the collection’s e-book launch on June 6th. L.A. Noire is due out next week (can you believe it?!), on May 17th in North America, and May 20th for the rest of the world.

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