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Brooklyn Noir

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New York’s punchiest borough asserts its criminal legacy with all new stories from a magnificent set of today’s best writers.

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What people are saying…

Brooklyn Noir is on fire! It is an Edgar Award finalist for “The Book Signing” by Pete Hamill; winner of the MWA’s Robert L. Fish Memorial Award for “Can’t Catch Me” by Thomas Morrissey; a Shamus Award finalist for “Hasidic Noir” by Pearl Abraham; a Pushcart Prize finalist for “Practicing” by Ellen Miller; an Anthony Award finalist for “Hunter/Trapper” by Arthur Nersesian; an Anthony Award finalist for Best Cover Art.

Brooklyn Noir stories “When All This Was Bay Ridge” by Tim McLoughlin and “Case Closed” by Lou Manfredo have both been selected for Best American Mystery Stories 2005 edited by Joyce Carol Oates and Otto Penzler.

“A collection of crime stories set in different Brooklyn neighborhoods, edited by Mr. McLoughlin . . . The stories are set far and wide in the borough, from Red Hook to Bushwick to Canarsie . . . Brooklyn has always occupied a special place in the imagination of America writers, who have been captivated by its raffishness.”
—New York Times

“[An] anthology of 19 brand new hard-boiled and twisted tales, each set in a different Brooklyn neighborhood . . . the best stories concern people in the present coming to terms with the past.”
—Publisher’s Weekly

“New York’s punchiest borough asserts its criminal legacy with brand-new stories from a magnificent set of today’s best writers. Brooklyn Noir moves from Coney Island to Bedford-Stuyvesant to Bay Ridge to Red Hook to Bushwick to Sheepshead Bay to Park Slope and far deeper, into the heart of Brooklyn’s historical and criminal largesse, with all of its dark splendor.”
—Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Brooklyn Noir’s contributors are aware of their surroundings, literal and literary . . . Be cool: This pulp’s got enough juice to keep the margaritas flowing.”
—Village Voice

“It’s all Brooklyn—Bensonhurst and Brighton Beach, Red Hook and Crown Heights—in this atmospheric collection of noir tales.”
—Booklist

“This Brooklyn is cagey and unpredictable. This is about the shadowy corners, the musty old bars and the sidewalks littered with broken glass. In Brooklyn Noir, you can’t take anything for granted.”
—Brooklyn Paper

“A recent publication from Akashic Books is the laudable Brooklyn Noir, a collection of dark tales set in New York’s self-proclaimed punchiest borough . . . the story by Peter Hamill is more than worth the price of the whole book.”
—New York Sun

“718 represent! . . . Brooklyn Noir will make “you’se” leave the light on at night.”
—Metro

Brooklyn Noir is such a stunningly perfect combination that you can’t believe you haven’t read an anthology like this before. But trust me—you haven’t. Story after story is a revelation, filled with the requisite sense of place, but also the perfect twists that crime stories demand. The writing is flat-out superb, filled with lines that will sing in your head for a long time to come.”
Laura Lippman, winner of the Edgar, Shamus and Agatha awards

“An excellent collection of Brooklyn stories that I urge everyone to read.”
—Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn Borough President

“You want real? Leave the white collar at home and come to Brooklyn. The stories in this astonishingly diverse collection will pull you out onto the street, maybe even rough you up a little. And you’ll love it. Edgy, sly, and at times downright eye-popping, Brooklyn Noir takes you on an ultra-cool walking tour of NYC’s hippest borough.”
—Tim Cockey, author of Backstabber

“From the sentimental to the hard-edged, a collection as varied and spirited as the characters and neighborhoods it celebrates.”
—Thomas H. Cook, author of The Chatham School Affair and Breakheart Hill

“For fans of noir, for fans of Brooklyn, for fans of just plain old great writing—this is the book for you, or, rather, I should say, you’se.”
—Jonathan Ames, author of What’s Not to Love? and The Extra Man

Praise for McLoughlin’s Heart of the Old Country:

“. . . cracks with the authenticity that only a writer with a perfect ear can accomplish.”
—Bob Leuci, author of Blaze

“McLoughlin writes about South Brooklyn with a fidelity to people and place reminiscent of James T. Farrell’s Studs Lonigan and George Orwell’s Down and Out in Paris and London.”
—Sidney Offit, author of Memoir of the Bookie’s Son


Description

Read “Pink Houses,” Tim McLoughlin’s contribution to Akashic’s Mondays Are Murder series.

The first installment in Akashic’s groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004. Each story is set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the city of the book.

Brand-new stories by: Pete Hamill, Nelson George, Sidney Offit, Arthur Nersesian, Pearl Abraham, Neal Pollack, Ken Bruen, Ellen Miller, Maggie Estep, Kenji Jasper, Adam Mansbach, C.J. Sullivan, Chris Niles, Norman Kelley, Nicole Blackman, Tim McLoughlin, Thomas Morrissey, Lou Manfredo, Luciano Guerriero, and Robert Knightley..

New York’s punchiest borough asserts its criminal legacy with all new stories from a magnificent set of today’s best writers. Brooklyn Noir moves from Coney Island to Bedford-Stuyvesant to Bay Ridge to Red Hook to Bushwick to Sheepshead Bay to Park Slope and far deeper, into the heart of Brooklyn’s historical and criminal largesse, with all of its dark splendor. Each contributor presents a brand new story set in a distinct neighborhood. Brooklyn Noir mixes masters of genre with the best of New York’s literary fiction community—and, of course, leaving room for new blood. These brilliant and chilling stories see crime striking in communities of Russians, Jamaicans, Puerto Ricans, Italians, Irish, and many other ethnicities—in the most diverse urban location on the planet.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part I: Old School Brooklyn
“The Book Signing” by Pete Hamill (Park Slope)
“Hasidic Noir” by Pearl Abraham (Williamsburg)
“No Time for Senior’s” by Offit (Downtown)
“When All This Was Bay Ridge” by Tim McLoughlin (Sunset Park)
“Practicing” by Ellen Miller (Canarsie)

Part II: New School Brooklyn
“Crown Heist” by Adam Mansbach (Crown Heights)
“Hunter/Trapper” by Arthur Neresian (Brooklyn Heights)
“New Lots Avenue” by Nelson George (Brownsville)
“Scavenger Hunt” by Neal Pollack (Coney Island)
“The Code” by Norman Kelley (Prospect Heights)

Part III: Cops & Robbers
“Can’t Catch Me” by Thomas Morrissey (Bay Ridge)
“Case Closed” by Lou Manfredo (Bensonhurst)
“Eating Italian” by Luciano Guerriero (Red Hook)
“Thursday” by Kenji Jasper (Bed-Stuyvesant)
“One More for the Road” by Robert Knightly (Greenpoint)

Part IV: Backwater Brooklyn
“Triple Harrison” by Maggie Estep (East New York)
“Fade to . . . Brooklyn” by Ken Bruen (Galway, Ireland)
“Dumped” by Nicole Blackman (Fort Greene)
“Slipping into Darkness” by C.J. Sullivan (Bushwick)
“Ladies’ Man” by Chris Niles (Brighton Beach)


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Book Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Published: 7/1/04
  • IBSN: 9781888451580
  • e-IBSN: 9781936070152

Author

TIM McLOUGHLIN is the editor of the multiple award-winning anthology Brooklyn Noir and Brooklyn Noir 2: The Classics, and is coeditor of Brooklyn Noir 3: Nothing but the Truth. His books have been published in five languages and he is the 2003 recipient of Italy’s Premio Penne award. His short fiction and essays have appeared in numerous literary magazines and anthologies, and his work has been included in Best American Mystery Stories. He lives in Brooklyn. Heart of the Old Country is his latest novel.

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