Set in a dramatically-colored 1947, strivers, sleazes, and sidewinders will be accompanied by loads of jazz in Rockstar Games' new video game to be released on May 17th in the U.S. In conjunction, Mulholland Books will publish an anthology called L.A. Noire: The Collected Stories, including such authors as: Megan Abbott, Lawrence Block, Joe Lansdale, Joyce Carol Oates, Francine Prose, Jonathan Santlofer, Duane Swierczynski and Andrew Vachss, and to be available in e-book form as of June 6th. (Go here to read Megan Abbott's story “The Girl.”)
The characters in the short stories will echo those encountered in the gameworld, including, we hope, starring LAPD detective Cole Phelps, voiced by Mad Men's own Aaron Staton, and the player will work through various cases, drawn from actual LAPD casefiles, as the game progresses. In fact, Phelps is going to have to read subjects' expression for truthfulnesss and follow up on physical evidence and clues from the scene, so it's made to play much more like a classic adventure game than a first-person shooter.
In this instance, the prose of the anthology and gameplay will be interwoven, and the 1940s continue to inspire both thematically and visually. But I couldn't help thinking about telegenic detectives of other eras who may never get a blood-splattered, first-person, action-adventure game developed for them, no matter how deserving: