Announcing an Original Short Fiction Series in Honor of L.A. Noire

Posted on May 3 2011, 10:04am | Author: R* W | Filed Under: Rockstar, Games

Original cover art illustrated specially for the short fiction series. Left: L.A. Noire: The Collected Stories, the full anthology of all eight tales in one eBook compilation which will be available for download June 6th. Right: Read an excerpt from the first story to be released, Megan Abbott's "The Girl", available today for your reading pleasure.

In honor of L.A. Noire, we are proud to announce a special collaboration with Mulholland Books and eight of the thriller genre's best writers, L.A. Noire: The Collected Stories - a brand new anthology of original short fiction inspired by the world of the game itself.

L.A. Noire: The Collected Stories features eight short stories from renowned authors Megan Abbott, Lawrence Block, Joe Lansdale, Joyce Carol Oates, Francine Prose, Jonathan Santlofer, Duane Swierczynski and Andrew Vachss, many of which revisit the characters and cases in the game, providing a new spin to tell the tales of emotionally torn protagonists, depraved schemers and ill-fated victims - with new stories appearing on the L.A. Noire official site leading up to and through the May 17th release of L.A. Noire.  The complete collection will be made available for digital download on June 6th through all major eBook retailers.

Today, you can read an excerpt from our first release, “The Girl” by award-winning writer Megan Abbott - as a downloadable PDF or via our online reader at Enjoy and look for full length stories to be released very soon.

  • darthfrediuson June 3 2011, 4:18amReplyFlag
    I AGREE completely with everybody here !!
    R* - Please give us REAL BOOKS WITH REAL PAGES, INK and an OLD STYLE 40's/50's BOOKS lookalike paper style (yellow/used pages look, old style inks, colors - Or : No colors !! Only Black and white !! and a B & W Graphic Novel(s) !!
    You guys definitely have the artists to do it...
    The original artworks for the game are stunning, but there ARE still people that actually read from paper and ink
    • seanm16on May 31 2011, 10:33amReplyFlag
      Seriously, put it in a real book, real pages, real ink, don't conform to this modernistic bulls**t that we see today,
      Anyway, do ye not think that a real good ''noir story'' should be put in a computer or on an old fashioned real book?? it would just be common sense to make these storys of ''noire'' in a old style way, wake up,
      if ye really made the game and its storys because ye thought people would appreciate the old-style noir storys of the 40's then surley then you are clever enough to realise that the ONLY way to release these storys should be with REAL BOOKS....... seriously if ye cant see that then ye are just stupid, and have absolutly no passion for the game/story ye just made, there is no way anyone who appreciates the noir story will buy it on e-book, they would prefere realistic style old paper and ink books. thats why people love this game,,, not for the computer its played rather the storys
      • UpNSmoke225on May 25 2011, 11:24amReplyFlag
        @Mikeol2011 - I AGREE completely to heck with an eBook!!!
        R* - Please give us Graphic Novel(s) in the near future!! You guys definitely have the artists to do it...lets have a Noire comic series!!! I mean the original artworks for the game are stunning! Sure, I understand with the popularity of smartphones, pads, and tablets right now, you'd be crazy not to have eBooks, but there ARE still people that actually read from paper and ink ;-)
        I think a non-PDF collector's set of LA Noire Graphic Novels would be a huge hit..I'd buy 2 for sure. One would go to my moms (she loves reading anything Noire, but give her a smart phone and I start to feel bad lol)
        • Mikeol2011on May 22 2011, 2:14amReplyFlag
          you guys should REALLY get this into a real book, doesn't make sense to have an ebook tied in with LA noire, we need a real book! I always just think you don't get your moneys worth with ebooks, and Im pretty sure a fair few people would agree.

          Fantastic work on the game though Rockstar, its one in a million, except its missing one thing... GTA's old Right stick First person view, would be majorly handy for crime scenes! sometimes feels a bit silly investigating a crime scene in 3rd person trying to angle the camera up and down to find clues.
          • Zelkonon May 20 2011, 7:40pmReplyFlag
            R*, I absolutely love the artworks for Red Dead Redemption and LA Noire. They are fantastic, and love to see more. Keep up the great work!
            • physcobeaston May 20 2011, 1:30pmReplyFlag
              i love rockstar games.. they are best gaming industry. i have a question about gta. i just wanna that if you guys are coming out with a new gta, because people are saying that the liberty city episodes was your last gta title. please answer back nd let me kno if you guys plan on coming out with new gta sooner or later?
              • Thromkas88on May 15 2011, 4:48pmReplyFlag
                Rockstar. Why do u kickass at everything you do?
                • kamran_gameron May 15 2011, 4:11amReplyFlag
                  Looks so Hot. That Girls looks Hot , Catie. Looks like the game is going to be HOT.
                  • Unholycasperon May 9 2011, 6:11pmReplyFlag
                    Hey rockstar, i pre ordered la noire because with all of your great titles you deserve my trust. I do have one question though: In GTA and RDR there was alot of lasting value and replay value but that was because you could do really fun things in the free roam, what fun things does la noire have in the free roam except street crimes and collecting items?
                    • R* Aon May 7 2011, 12:56pmReplyFlag
                      @DanteTheLegion There'll be some new stuff next week for sure - stay tuned!
                      • DanteTheLegionon May 7 2011, 6:15amReplyFlag
                        hey guys can`t wait for the game any new trailers ?!
                        • R* Yon May 6 2011, 9:39pmReplyFlag
                          @rere1love L.A. Noire is designed to be a crime thriller experience really making you feel like you’re a detective pursuing and solving cases. While you won’t be buying safehouses or getting drunk or going to the movies, you will be tracking down hidden items and tackling unassigned street crime cases around the city which include things like chasing down a purse snatcher, thwarting a robbery in progress, talking a suicide jumper off a ledge and lots more.

                          Less than two weeks to go!
                          • rere1loveon May 6 2011, 4:21pmReplyFlag
                            Hey R* I am not sure if this question has been asked can we buy buildings or upgrade cars etc...?
                            • rere1loveon May 6 2011, 4:15pmReplyFlag
                              11 MORE DAYS AND COUNTING :-D
                              • R* Yon May 5 2011, 8:06pmReplyFlag
                                @emmi18176860 Yep, check out our crime map collaboration with the Los Angeles Times:

                                & to those with specific questions, just want to make clear to all that the comments section is designed as a place for you to comment and talk amongst yourselves about the specific articles posted. We know you’re all enthusiastic and love seeing it shown here, but please keep this in mind – we’re not going to answer everything. Thanks all.
                                • Marlboro-rockon May 5 2011, 1:04pmReplyFlag
                                  There are 89 comments on this Headline, and nearly everone is about the fans that want gameplays. This headline is not intresting enough to have as latest news for nearly one week, nothing is happening now. And i know that it's enoying with all this comments But it's only because this game is going to be so amazing and That's why we want the best you can Give us this pitty days before the release! R* can you Please Give us something now! This site should be pumped with amazing news and new headlines nearly every day now so we really can get the feeling of the game just before the release, But instead you leaving you're greatest fans with some Download information that you get tierd of after a couple of hours and in that way you lose this extremly feeling you have right before the release.

                                  You have all My respect R* and i can't wait for L.A.N
                                  • DANIEL3GSon May 5 2011, 12:47pmReplyFlag
                                    Sorry i mean Some
                                    • DANIEL3GSon May 5 2011, 12:39pmReplyFlag
                                      Yes i Realy want to See Somerset gameplay scenes please Rockstar
                                      • DANIEL3GSon May 5 2011, 12:24pmReplyFlag
                                        I have a question will La noire Be Open world
                                        • TheHoodedGuyon May 5 2011, 12:07pmReplyFlag
                                          Question: How many traffic desk cases will there be in total? including the PS3 exclusive and the pre order one? somebody please answer this.
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