New York’s punchiest borough asserts its criminal legacy with all new stories from a magnificent set of today’s best writers.
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.
“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
Brand new crime fiction stories from: Pete Hamill, Sidney Offit, Arthur Nersesian, Pearl Abraham, Ellen Miller, Maggie Estep, Adam Mansbach, CJ Sullivan, Chris Niles, Norman Kelley, Nicole Blackman, and others.
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.
Akashic Books announces Brooklyn novelist Tim McLoughlin as the editor of the anthology (in addition to contributing a story). McLoughlin’s respect on any Brooklyn street predates the publication of his debut novel Heart of the Old Country (Akashic, 2001), a selection of the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Program that was hailed by Entertainment Weekly as “an inspired cross between Richard Price and Ross McDonald.” For years McLoughlin has worked in the Kings Country Supreme Court in downtown Brooklyn.
Table of Contents
Part I: Old School Brooklyn
“The Book Signing,” Pete Hamill (Park Slope)
“Hasidic Noir,” Pearl Abraham (Williamsburg)
“No Time for Senior’s,” Offit (Downtown)
“When All This Was Bay Ridge,” Tim McLoughlin (Sunset Park)
“Practicing,” Ellen Miller (Canarsie)
Part II: New School Brooklyn
“Crown Heist,” Adam Mansbach (Crown Heights)
“Hunter/Trapper,” Arthur Neresian (Brooklyn Heights)
“New Lots Avenue,” Nelson George (Brownsville)
“Scavenger Hunt,” Neal Pollack (Coney Island)
“The Code,” Norman Kelley (Prospect Heights)
Part III: Cops & Robbers
“Can’t Catch Me,” Thomas Morrissey (Bay Ridge)
“Case Closed,” Lou Manfredo (Bensonhurst)
“Eating Italian,” Luciano Guerriero (Red Hook)
“Thursday,” Kenji Jasper (Bed-Stuyvesant)
“One More for the Road,” Robert Knightly (Greenpoint)
Part IV: Backwater Brooklyn
“Triple Harrison,” Maggie Estep (East New York)
“Fade to . . . Brooklyn,” Ken Bruen (Galway, Ireland)
“Dumped,” Nicole Blackman (Fort Greene)
“Slipping into Darkness,” C.J. Sullivan (Bushwick)
“Ladies’ Man,” Chris Niles (Brighton Beach)
- Subjects: Featured Noir Series Titles, Mysteries & Crime, Noir Series
- Tags: Adam Mansbach, Arthur Nersesian, Brooklyn, C.J. Sullivan, Chris Niles, Ellen Miller, Ken Bruen, Kenji Jasper, Lou Manfredo, Luciano Guerriero, Maggie Estep, Neal Pollack, Nelson George, New York City, Nicole Blackman, Noir Series, Norman Kelley, Pearl Abraham, Pete Hamill, Robert Knightly, Sidney Offit, Thomas Morrissey, Tim McLoughlin
- “Brooklyn Crime Tales Flavored by Neighborhood” by Dinitia Smith, from The New York Times, June 24, 2004
- Excerpt of “The Book Signing” by Pete Hamill, from Brooklyn Noir