On the heels of Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Bronx, the borough of Queens enters the chambers of noir.
Launched by 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 city of the book.
Featuring brand-new stories by: Denis Hamill, Maggie Estep, Megan Abbott, Robert Knightly, Liz Martínez, Jill Eisenstadt, Mary Byrne, Tori Carrington, Shailly P. Agnihotri, k.j.a. Wishnia, Victoria Eng, Alan Gordon, Beverly Farley, Joe Guglielmelli, and Glenville Lovell.
Queens used to be dismissed as the “Bedroom of Manhattan”—daily disgorging its sons and daughters by elevated rail and the Queensboro Bridge to their jobs in “New York” (as Manhattan was known to those in the outer boroughs). Today, Queens is the Borough of Immigrants—as of 2007, it housed 2.2 million residents, forty-eight percent of whom were foreign-born, the vast majority of them Asian. In fifty-plus distinct neighborhoods, speaking 140 different languages, reside Chinese, Koreans, Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Guyanese, Jamaicans, Haitians, Trinidadians, Colombians, Ecuadorians, Dominicans, Mexicans, Filipinos, not to mention Greeks.
Queens County is the largest borough, accommodating two beaches, two airports, Aqueduct Racetrack, three elevated train structures, and Shea Stadium. Queens Noir has set twenty original crime stories in the neighborhoods and at the “Big A,” Shea Stadium, JFK Airport, Rockaway Beach, and aboard the elevated Flushing 7 subway line.
Table of Contents
Part I: Queens on the Fly: By Sea, Horse, Train, Plane, and Silver Screen
“Alice Fantastic” by Maggie Estep (Aqueduct Racetrack)
“Under the Throgs Neck Bridge” by Denis Hamill (Bayside)
“Golden Venture” by Jill Eisenstadt (The Rockaways)
“Buckner’s Error” by Joseph Guglielmelli (Shea Stadium)
“Baggage Claim” by Patricia King (JFK Airport)
“Arrivederci, Aldo” by Kim Sykes (Long Island City)
Part II: Old Queens
“Hollywood Lanes” by Megan Abbott (Forest Hills)
“Only the Strong Survive” by Mary Byrne (Astoria)
“First Calvary” by Robert Knightly (Blissville)
“Bottom of the Sixth” by Alan Gordon (Rego Park)
“The Flower of Flushing” by Victoria Eng (Flushing)
“Crazy Jill Saves the Slinky” by Stephen Solomita (College Point)
“Last Stop, Ditmars” by Tori Carrington (Ditmars)
Part III: Foreign Shores
“Avoid Agony” by Shailly Agnihotri (Jackson Heights)
“Viernes Loco” by k.j.a. Wishnia (Corona)
“Out of Body” by Glenville Lovell (South Jamaica)
“Lights Out for Frankie” by Liz Martínez (Woodside)
“Jihad Sucks; or, The Conversion of the Jews” by Jillian Abbott (Richmond Hill)
“The Investigation” by Belinda Farley (Jamaica)
- Subjects: Mysteries & Crime, Noir Series
- Tags: Alan Gordon, Beverly Farley, Denis Hamill, Glenville Lovell, Jill Eisenstadt, Joe Guglielmelli, k.j.a. Wishnia, Liz Martinez, Maggie Estep, Mary Byrne, Megan Abbott, New York City, Queens, Robert Knightly, Shailly P. Agnihotri, Tori Carrington, Victoria Eng