Staten Island Noir
New York’s fifth borough finally enters the Noir Series arena, completing the series tour of the world’s noirest city.
What people are saying…
Patricia Smith won the Robert L. Fish Memorial Award for her short story, “When They Are Done with Us,” included in the anthology. This story was also selected for inclusion in The Best American Mystery Stories 2013, edited by Otto Penzler and Lisa Scottoline!
“Staten Island, the last of New York City’s five boroughs to enter Akashic’s noir series, serves as the setting for this exceptionally strong anthology.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Smith’s introduction is a revelation. She knows the Island I have in my head. It was like finding a literary sibling, separated since birth.”
“Staten Island is the forgotten borough, lacking a subway system, left out of Jay-Z’s songs, known for organized crime, bad accents, fake tans, and garbage—which makes it a rich setting for Akashic’s noir series . . . In a thrilling tilt-a-whirl of crime and drama, editor Patricia Smith has carefully chosen writers concerned with the true nature of the small suburban borough.”
—Electric Literature’s “The Outlet”
“It’s not enough for noir to be dark. It’s got to be bad-ass. Its words, its decaying and horrible beauty have got to hit you like a spiked heel dragged from your guts to your gullet. It’s got to twist the hot knife of passion in that soft space right below your belly while pumping bullets into your heart. It’s got to make you bleed. Akashic Books’ latest in their noir series, Staten Island Noir features some dusky and drop-dead gorgeous gems (emphasis on the dead) that do just that.”
—Grub Street Daily
“Each story in this enjoyable collection has its own charms, if the words ‘enjoyable’ or ‘charms’ can be used with these dark tales, and each can stand-alone. However, if, like me, you had always looked at Staten Island as banal and benign, by the book’s end your ideas will be forever changed.”
Read “A User’s Guide to Keeping Your Kills Fresh” by Ted Anthony, and “Sister-in-Law” by Louisa Ermelino, featured as part of Akashic’s celebration of Short Story Month 2013.
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.
Brand-new stories by: Bill Loehfelm, S.J. Rozan, Ted Anthony, Todd Craig, Ashley Dawson, Bruce DeSilva, Louisa Ermelino, Binnie Kirshenbaum, Michael Largo, Michael Penncavage, Linda Nieves-Powell, Eddie Joyce, Shay Youngblood, and Patricia Smith.
Ask any resident of New York City to name the five boroughs and they’ll rattle off four with no problem whatsoever, hesitating and scrunching their countenance before Staten Island occurs to them—if, indeed, it occurs to them at all. To them, it’s that tiny claustrophobic place where everybody knows everybody else’s business and the breezes that blast through drape everything in the stink of landfill. It’s dim and industrial, populated by swaggering Jersey Shore wannabes and residents who spend most of their time aspiring to be elsewhere. The forgotten borough is not only routinely forgotten—it’s misunderstood, mocked, dismissed, maligned, ridiculed, belittled, and scorned. While this probably causes the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce no end of frustration, it makes the island the perfect haven for mayhem, mischief, and murder. If people can’t even remember that the place exists, what better haven for noir? What better place to stash a stiff?
These stories—from B-boys and SI natives to Edgar Award–winners—bring Staten Island front and center as a borough that’s bellowing and boisterous and insisting on identity. Staten Island may be the last New York borough to be represented in the Noir Series, but that’s only because no one knows it. This introduction will be intriguing, addictive, and not totally comfortable.
- Subjects: Featured Noir Series Titles, Mysteries & Crime, Noir Series
- Tags: Ashley Dawson, Bill Loehfelm, Binnie Kirshenbaum, Bruce DeSilva, Edward Joyce, Linda Nieves-Powell, Louisa Ermelino, Michael Largo, Mike Penncavage, New York City, Patricia Smith, S.J. Rozan, Shay Youngblood, Staten Island, Ted Anthony, Todd Craig