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The Nicotine Chronicles

(2020)
(A book in the Akashic Drug Chronicles series)
An anthology of stories edited by

 
 
Lee Child recruits Joyce Carol Oates, Jonathan Ames, Cara Black, and others to reveal nicotine's scintillating alter egos.

"Typically for Akashic--publisher of the terrific Noir series--the stories approach the subject matter from an impressive number of angles...Akashic has yet to produce a dull anthology, and this one is especially good."
--Booklist

"Sixteen tributes to America's guiltiest pleasure...Even confirmed anti-smokers will find something to savor."
--Kirkus Reviews

"The most successful entries delve bone-deep into addiction, as characters smoke to smother physical pain, loneliness, and their days...These writers capture the mental gymnastics behind the characters' bad decisions, and the joy such bad decisions can bring."
--Publishers Weekly

In recent years, nicotine has become as verboten as many hard drugs. The literary styles in this volume are as varied as the moral quandaries herein, and the authors have successfully unleashed their incandescent imaginations on the subject matter, fashioning an immensely addictive collection.

Featuring brand-new stories by: Lee Child, Joyce Carol Oates, Jonathan Ames, Eric Bogosian, Achy Obejas, Michael Imperioli, Hannah Tinti, Ariel Gore, Bernice L. McFadden, Cara Black, Christopher Sorrentino, David L. Ulin, Jerry Stahl, Lauren Sanders, Peter Kimani, and Robert Arellano.

From the introduction by Lee Child:

Food scientists have discovered a complex compound naturally present in, among other things, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants. The compound offers us a number of benefits: it improves our fine motor skills; it increases our attention spans; it improves our cognitive abilities; it improves our long- and short-term memories; it lessens depression...In and of itself, it has no real downside. It's called nicotine. We should all get some.

The problem is the delivery system...The most efficient way is to burn dried tobacco leaves and inhale the smoke. Ten seconds later, the compound is in your brain, doing good in all its various ways. Unfortunately, the rest of the smoke doesn't do good. And therein lies a great mystery of human behavior. To get the good, we risk the bad. Or we prohibit ourselves the good, for fear of the bad. Which approach makes more sense?

Genre: Mystery

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Hardback Editions

September 2020 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Nicotine Chronicles (Akashic Drug Chronicles)
Author(s): Lee Child
ISBN: 1-61775-858-2 / 978-1-61775-858-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Akashic Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

September 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Nicotine Chronicles (Akashic Drug Chronicles)
Author(s): Lee Child
ISBN: 1-61775-859-0 / 978-1-61775-859-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Akashic Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

September 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Nicotine Chronicles
Author(s): Lee Child - editor
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon   


September 2020 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Nicotine Chronicles
Author(s): Lee Child - editor
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon AU   


September 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Nicotine Chronicles
Author(s): Lee Child - editor
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


September 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Nicotine Chronicles
Author(s): Lee Child - editor
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

September 2020 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Nicotine Chronicles (Akashic Drug Chronicles)
Author(s): Lee Child
Publisher: Akashic Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU