The Shamus Sampler, also just released in ebook form, is edited by Sons of Spade blogger Jochem Vandersteen and features new private eye fiction from Bill Crider, James Winter, Jeffrey Marks, Stephen D. Rogers, and many more. In Reed Farrel Coleman's introduction, he notes that private eye fiction isn't as popular as it once was, with the explosion of so many other types of crime fiction (cozies, thrillers, Scandinavian, etc). But he adds that the PI is an "important cultural icon because he or she embodies the struggles we all face as individuals in an increasingly confusing, alienating, and potentially dangerous world."
The new Dallas Noir continues the "city noir" series of anthologies from Akashic Press. David Hale Smith penned the intro, saying that "In a country with so many interesting cities, Dallas is often overlooked—except on November 22 every year. The heartbreaking anniversary keeps coming back around in a nightmare loop, for all of us. On that day in 1963, Dallas 'became' American noir." The volume has 16 new stories divided into three sections, "Cowboys, "Rangers," and "Mavericks."