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'“Akashic launches a new series of crime anthologies, each focused on a different controlled substance, with this addictive volume.” —Publishers Weekly “All told, The Speed Chronicles deserves great praise for the audacity of the topic, the depth of the discussion, the diversity of its voices, and plain, old, good storytelling.” —New York Journal of Books “The Speed Chronicles represents a surprising range of experiences. The promise of the collection is that it will neither vilify nor romanticize its subject matter.” —The Portland Mercury “The contributors to The Speed Chronicles amply demonstrate the paradox of life under the influence of chemically induced acceleration. At the best moments, the use of stimulants can celebrate the beauty and intensity of human experience. As some of these stories reveal, despite the mainstream cultural narrative of ‘tweakers’ as amoral zombies, the persistent will to live in the face of adversity and affliction is a hallmark of many addicts’ lives.” —The Rumpus “Just reading the table of contents for this fucker makes me want to hop in my time machine, zoom back to 1966, and find those two dubious physicians who used to write me scripts for Dexedrine, even though I was too tall and skinny to live already. Mainline this book now!” —James Ellroy'