Last month the highly anticipated video game L.A. Noire debuted by selling more than a million units in the first week alone. While the stunning realistic graphics and the complex narrative of the game virtually ensured instant success, developer Rockstar Games took no chances with marketing their product to the public. Blanketing park benches, buses and billboards in Europe and America as well as saturating radio and television with ads, virtually no one could miss the game’s release.
But the marketing campaign goes a lot further than just advertisements. Rockstar Games has pulled out all the stops including appealing to mystery readers. Using the same world as the L.A. Noire game, eight heavy hitting authors were tapped to contribute to an anthology that has the same dark tone as the game. Titled L.A. Noire: The Collected Short Stories, the e-book releases today and includes short works by Megan Abbott, Lawrence Block, Joe Lansdale, Joyce Carol Oates, Francine Prose, Jonathan Santlofer, Duane Swierczynski and Andrew Vachss. These tales of suspense capture the dark underbelly of 1940s Hollywood – the corrupt cops, femme fatales and their dupes and the gumshoes that tried to make sense of it all. And the best part is that the collection is now available for free! So whether you have already in love with L.A. Noire the game or are just looking to read some great mystery short stories, you can enjoy these tales of noir.