I just read this tonight in the Publishers Lunch daily email newsletter and thought this was a stroke of genius idea. I love it when gaming and books collide (two of my favorite things):
L.A. NOIRE: The Collected Stories, published in conjunction with Rockstar Games, a series of short stories by authors including Megan Abbott, Lawrence Block, Joe Lansdale, Joyce Carol Oates, Francine Prose, Jonathan Santlofer, Duane Swierczynski and Andrew Vachss, some of which are based on characters and cases from the world of L.A. Noire, Rockstar's forthcoming new video game, featuring murder and deception in 1940s Hollywood -- actresses desperate for the Hollywood spotlight, heroes turned defeated men, emotionally torn protagonists, depraved schemers and their ill-fated victims, to Mulholland Books, for publication as an ebook original on June 6, 2011.
What an interesting move to rally quite a collectible list of respectable authors to release a book associated with Rockstar's release of L.A. Noire video game. The folks at Mulholland Books are doing some amazing things, check out their site, they do quite a job with it.