Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I've been playing L.A. Noire.
You might be wondering how that could possibly be, given that I was also playing L.A. Noire... what? Three weeks ago? Four? Well, the other half took an interest in an early case, and never one to rebuff the prospect of gaming together - a prospect much belittled of late, with couch co-op all but abandoned to make way for online mutiplayer - I've been playing it in fits and starts since; whenever we've both got a few hours to spend and an appetite for detection.
Anyway, we're on the last desk as of now: we were demoted to Arson, I'm afraid, for certain... infidelities. And I'm rearing to polish off those last few investigations and get started on a review for you all. But in the meantime, I've been following closely news of L.A. Noire: The Collected Stories, an anthology of eight short stories related in some way to the game, from a who's-who of contemporary crime and thriller authors including Lawrence Block, Joe Lansdale, Joyce Carol Oates and Duane Swierczynski.
And yesterday, almost lost in the E3 shuffle, there was news. The best news you or I could imagined, at that, because L.A. Noire: The Collected Stories is not only now available for your e-reading device of choice - it's available to download for absolutely nothing.
For your free Kindle download, if you're in the UK, this link will get you where you need to be. If you're based in the States, try this one, instead.
Or for directions on how to get a compatible file for your Nook or your iPad or whatever else it is you use to read these thingummies, hit up the links on Rockstar's blog.
Pretty sweet of Mulholland Books to offer this treat up gratis, no?
But be aware: the e-book will not be free forever. As of June 12th, L.A. Noire: The Collected Stories will run you some pocket change... so go on and get it now, while the getting's good!