Long Island Noir
Stories covering Long Island’s extremes, from the comfortably rich to the horribly poor, and all darkness between.
What people are saying…
“The Shiny Car in the Night” by Nick Mamatas was selected for inclusion in The Best American Mystery Stories 2013, edited by Otto Penzler and Lisa Scottoline!
“There is plenty of mayhem for fans of dark fiction in the pages of Long Island Noir: shootings, killings, all manner of brutality . . . Suburbia may be even meaner than the big city.”
—The New York Times
“The latest installment of the ever-expanding Noir series is full of well-written character pieces that shine a light on the seedier corners of Long Island.”
“An eclectic and effective mix of seasoned pros . . . The 17 contributors portray a wonderful diversity of people driven to extremes.”
“These tales are perceptive glimpses into how people live out the choices they make . . . No one escapes unscathed, but some wounds are redemptive.”
Launched with the summer ’04 award-winning best-seller Brooklyn Noir, Akashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies. Each book is comprised of all-new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the geographical area of the book.
Original stories by: Jules Feiffer, Matthew McGevna, Nick Mamatas, Kaylie Jones, Qanta Ahmed, Charles Salzberg, Reed Farrel Coleman, Tim McLoughlin, Sarah Weinman, JZ Holden, Richie Narvaez, Sheila Kohler, Jane Ciabattari, Steven Wishnia, Kenneth Wishnia, Amani Scipio, and Tim Tomlinson.
Kaylie Jones, Jules Feiffer, Reed Farrel Coleman, Sheila Kohler, and others reveal how Long Island has always been a playground for the rich and famous—and while it used to be that only a select few could afford it, now everyone wants a piece of the pie. The McMansions pop up like mushrooms, limiting resources and destroying an already taxed environment. It feels a little like Rome in its last days—a kind of collective amnesia and blindness to the outside world has taken over. Everyone knows this, but no one wants to do anything about it, because big money is being spent—and made. And as the rich grow richer, the poor grow poorer and more disenfranchised; and greed only breeds more greed and violence. These stories cover the range of Long Island’s extremes, from the comfortably rich, to the horribly poor—people pushed to desperate acts in order to protect what they already have, or to try to take what they don’t from those who do.
From the introduction by Kaylie Jones:
“F. Scott Fitzgerald’s mansions of Great Neck and Little Neck are still there, lording imposingly over their lesser neighbors. The American dream of suburban bliss has never died, only grown more desperate, more materialistic, and less romantic as it has shoved its way further east, until now there is literally nowhere left to go. The Hamptons I knew and loved are gone forever . . . These are stories about people who will never feel they have enough, whether they have everything they ever dreamed of, or nothing at all.”
Table of Contents
Part I: Family Values
“Gateway to the Stars” by Matthew McGevna (Mastic Beach)
“Thy Shiny Car in the Night” by Nick Mamatas (Northport)
“Home Invasion” by Kaylie Jones (Wainscott)
“Anjali’s America” by Qanta Ahmed, MD (Garden City)
Part II: Hitting it Big
“A Starr Burns Bright” by Charles Salzberg (Long Beach)
“Mastermind” by Reed Farrel Coleman (Selden)
“Seven Eleven” by Tim McLoughlin (Wantagh)
“Past President” by Sarah Weinman (Great Neck)
Part III: Love and Other Horrors
“Boob Noir” by Jules Feiffer (Southampton)
“Summer Love” by JZ Holden (Sagaponack)
“Ending in Paumanok” by Richie Narvaez (Stony Brook)
“Terror” by Sheila Kohler (Amagansett)
“Contents of House” by Jane Ciabattari (Sag Harbor)
Part IV: American Dreamers
“Semiconscious” by Steven Wishnia (Lake Ronkonkoma)
“Blood Drive” by Kenneth Wishnia (Port Jefferson Station)
“Jabo’s” by Amani Scipio (Bridgehampton)
“Snow Job” by Tim Tomlinson (Wading River)
- Subjects: Mysteries & Crime, Noir Series
- Tags: Amani Scipio, Charles Salzberg, Jane Ciabattari, Jules Feiffer, JZ Holden, Kaylie Jones, Kenneth Wishnia, Long Island, Matthew McGevna, New York, Nick Mamatas, Qanta Ahmed, Reed Farrel Coleman, Richie Narvaez, Sarah Weinman, Sheila Kohler, Steven Wishnia, Tim McLoughlin, Tim Tomlinson