Rockstar's L.A. Noire was heavily influenced by the film noir genre, but don't forget, there was also pulp fiction. So in a rather clever marketing move that still fits perfectly with the style of the game, Rockstar has teamed up with Mulholland Books, an imprint of Little, Brown and Company to publish an anthology of short stories based on the characters and cases from their upcoming title called L.A. Noire: The Collected Stories.
"L.A. Noire draws on a rich history of not just film, but also great crime literature for inspiration," said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. "Using the game's world as a springboard, we worked with the genre's best writers to create stories that lived up to the finest traditions of crime fiction."
The collection will be released digitally from major eBook retailers on June 6, and will contain stories from authors like Megan Abbott, Lawrence Block, Joe Lansdale, Joyce Carol Oates, Francine Prose, Jonathan Santlofer, Duane Swierczynski and Andrew Vachss. Rockstar is also saying that select stories will be available "across various media outlets" prior to L.A. Noire's May 17th release date in North America and May 20th in Europe, so I'll let you know what that means when it happens. But an excerpt from "The Girl" by Megan Abbott is already available for your perusal at Rockstar's website, where you can also find the titles and authors of each story.
(Shame it's digital... I'd prefer to have it printed as a yellowed paperback with a dog-eared cover... seems more appropriate that way...)