By Dennis Lehane
"The contributor record is delightfully quirky...The collection's unifying aspect is a deep figuring out of Boston's Byzantine worlds of race and class—as obvious terrifyingly in Andre Dubus's story of milltown resentment and pampered preppies."
—The Boston Globe
"14 more advantageous choices during this 'classics' quantity in Akashic's sequence of nearby darkish crime brief tales, the works of proven writers that experience stood the try of time."
"This assortment gains crime tales that experience already been released. yet that's okay in case you have the likes of Chuck Hogan, Joyce Carol Oates, Robert B. Parker, Linda Barnes, George V. Higgins, Dennis Lehane, and David Foster Wallace all less than a similar roof...Followers of Akashic's long-running Noir series—not to say, after all, fanatics of Boston-set crime fiction—should eagerly eat this one."
“Boston Noir 2: The Classics is a radical illustration of what noir has been, is, and maintains to turn into . . . The shadows over Boston are these of Bogart, leaning into the highlight with that complexity of soul, that derisive navigation of morality and deviance. . . The shadows in this hide arrange the tone, that those skinny darknesses should be willed into corruption with little attempt, and the reader will examine the benefit of giving into it."
"There are few presents I get pleasure from greater than a field of sweets. some of the best shock me, every one sweet layered with unforeseen delights that go away me hungry for extra. an identical will be stated of Boston Noir 2. It's a set of darkish brief tales via names you recognize, set in areas time-honored to Bostonians. Edited by means of Dorchester's crime fiction king and Hollywood darling, Dennis Lehane...Boston Noir 2 overflows with tales from the superior writers of our time...This is definitely the right e-book to open after a protracted day...The threat, after all, is that on the finish of every tale, you'll opt for only one extra and stay awake well beyond your bedtime. My recommendation? Indulge."
Classic reprints from: Linda Barnes, Jason Brown, Andre Dubus, Chuck Hogan, George Harrar, George V. Higgins, Dennis Lehane, Joyce Carol Oates, Robert B. Parker, David Ryan, Kenneth Abel, Barbara Neely, Hannah Tinti, and David Foster Wallace.
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These examples point to a need to distinguish between a ‘greatest happiness’ principle and what might be called a ‘greatest benefit’ principle, or between short-term wants and long-term interests, which suggests that the kind of justifications of action required to make sense of utilitarian arguments are both more complex and more debatable than its original advocates thought. This is also a consequence of other long-standing criticisms of utilitarian justice which raise questions about individual rights, the instrumental use of human beings and what offenders deserve.
In the spirit of this commitment to offender reform, it was decided that the new penitentiary should receive only those convicts considered capable of reform, namely the young, first offenders and others considered to be as yet not wholly corrupted. In 1816 Millbank, situated on the bank of the Thames, received its first prisoners. However, Millbank’s role as an instrument of reform was to be shortlived. In accounting for its demise as a reformatory institution, Ignatieff stresses the dual problems of recruiting honest and reliable staff and of prisoner rebellion against the strict regime of solitude, hard labour and meagre rations.
A typical statement of this position, which intended to limit punishment by contesting the excesses of disproportionate ‘treatment’ and preventive or deterrent incarceration, was provided by Roger Hood: I believe a system which arrives at the length of sentences based more on a moral evaluation than on appeals to the utilitarian philosophy of deterrence and reductivism, would be fairer, not necessarily less effective, possibly less, not more punitive and appeal to that sense of social justice on which any acceptable system of social control must be founded.