- Paperback: 256 pages
- Published: 5/15/12
- IBSN: 9781617750625
- e-IBSN: 9781617751158
- Genre: Fiction
Edited by: Kaylie Jones
Between these covers, Long Island emerges as a region far more complex and sinister than merely a playground for the rich and famous.
“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.”
Akashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each story is set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the city of the book.
Brand-new 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.
From the introduction by Kaylie Jones:
“The Great Gatsby could be seen as the first noir novel of Long Island—a poor boy who doesn’t have two cents to rub together falls for a rich girl who would never marry him. So he makes himself a massive fortune the only way he can—illegally. And buys himself a mansion on Long Island. Despite his fortune he is never truly accepted, never truly safe, comfortable, or content. And of course, she leaves him because he’ll never be part of her set.
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 most die-hard fans of noir fiction may find a few of these stories a little gris. Not everyone here is literally down and out, though spiritually, they’ll give you a run for your money . . . They are all characters driven by some twisted notion of the American Dream, which they feel they must achieve at any cost. This is real-life noir. These people are our neighbors.“
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)
KAYLIE JONES has published six books, the most recent a memoir, Lies My Mother Never Told Me. Her novel A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries was adapted as a Merchant Ivory film in 1998. Jones has been teaching for more than twenty-five years, and is a faculty member in the Stony Brook Southampton MFA in Creative Writing & Literature program and in Wilkes University’s MFA in Creative Writing program. She is the author of Speak Now and the editor of Long Island Noir. Her newest endeavor is her publishing imprint with Akashic Books, Kaylie Jones Books.