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More Cuban noir from Akashic! (Following the success of Outcast by José Latour—nominated for Edgar, Anthony and Firecracker awards.)
The Age of Dreaming explores the history of Los Angeles, the heady beginnings of the movie industry, and the interplay of race and celebrity.
Estep’s best novel to date explores with deep wit and insight how a shocking family secret impacts the lives of an eccentric mother and her two daughters.
What William S. Burroughs’ Junky was to heroin addiction, All or Nothing is to gambling, only more prophetic.
The much-anticipated sequel to Barbara J. Taylor’s best-selling debut novel, Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night.
Bolivia’s #1 novel is finally translated into English. Translated by Adrian Althoff, with an afterword by Ilan Stavans.
Amsterdam is a very welcome, if long overdue, installment in the Akashic Noir Series.
Bolivia’s preeminent fiction writer eclipses the successful English translation of American Visa with a riveting murder mystery. Translated by Adrian Althoff.
A Jamaican father and his adult son travel across the island together in a touching and humorous novel that explores family reconciliation.
Following her husband’s suspicious death, Merryn Huntley flees with her daughter to Mexico, where she discovers she can’t outrun self-deception.
Race, class, and hormones combine and combust when a Harvard freshman and his two friends attempt to join the staff of the Harpoon, the school’s iconic humor magazine.
**While supplies last, copies ordered here will be SIGNED by author C.J. Farley!
A new installment in Dennis Cooper’s “Little House on the Bowery” series.
Tragedy and humor meet in an adventure-packed, historical novel about a British incursion into the island of Trinidad in 1845.
What was life like for the gangs of New York and others thrown into the nineteenth-century slammer?
A funny, poignant, thoughtfully rendered novel about love, fear, death, race, music, and the intense passions of youth.
A deeply engaging debut novel about a morality clash in an insular Chicago neighborhood.
The highly entertaining debut crime-fiction novel from Brazilian music icon and best-selling author Bellotto is finally published in English.
Now, Berlin’s noir tradition—fueled by history, geography, and various literary traditions—adds up to a powerful volume of riveting short stories.
A riveting and sexually charged posthumous novel from the author of Leaving Las Vegas.
By William Heffernan, the author of The Corsican and Cityside.
The latest release from Hotel St. George Press, following The Session and The Musical Illusionist.
The death of a Jamaican man’s father raises questions about the father’s political endeavors, and about the plight of 1980s Jamaica.
Finding the Black Lotus murderer is Detective Wolf’s chance to avoid an Internal Affairs investigation. That’s when things get personal.
A powerful tale of a young woman’s quest to unearth her identity, lost between cultures and families.
Front Page meets Harlem Nights: a riveting and racy historical mystery set in 1920s Harlem.
In conjunction with the publication of Pills and Starships by Lydia Millet—the latest release from our Black Sheep imprint for Young Adults and Young Readers—we’ve created the Black Sheep Digit, comprising excerpts from Pills and Starships and our first two Black Sheep releases, Changers Book One: Drew by T Cooper and Allison Glock-Cooper and Game World by C. J. Farley.
During World War II, two African American musicians are captured by the Nazis in Paris and imprisoned at the Buchenwald concentration camp.
A literary international espionage novel, with some eroticism to boot, set between Israel and New York.
Following the best seller Hairstyles of the Damned (more than 100,000 copies sold) with a spectacular coming-of-age-30 tale, Joe Meno proves once again why he’s the hottest indie author in America. Also check out Office Girl, Demons in the Spring, How the Hula Girl Sings, and Tender as Hellfire.
Selected for the 2002 Kiriyama Prize Notable Books List & selected as a finalist for an Asian American Literary Award.
For young Adam Jones, inheriting the family business is more than a rotten hand. It’s downright skeletal.
The second issue of the groundbreaking new literary journal.
A literary journal’s debut featuring writing from: Donnell Alexander, Federico Anderson, Dana Crum, Michael A. Gonzales, KRS-One, Michael C. Ladd, Ferentz Lafargue, Reginald Lewis, Adam Mansbach, Caille Millner, muMs, and Greg Tate.
A hilarious and satirical debut novel exploring religious hypocrisy in an Irish secondary school.
Author of the mega–best seller B-More Careful (350,000 sales) is back with an irresistible hard-boiled crime story.
The masterful and dramatic final installment in the highly acclaimed Changers YA series pulls no punches.
In Book Three of this acclaimed YA series, Oryon Small transforms into Kim, an Asian American girl who must learn to separate body image from self-worth.
In Book Two of the Changers Series, our protagonist undergoes a second transformation—returning to a male body.
City Mouse is an irresistible debut that examines what it means to find your place, revealing unspoken truths about motherhood, friendship, and the thorny pursuit to have it all.
Once one of New York’s most respected investigative reporters, Pulitzer Prize nominee Heffernan takes readers behind the scenes at a major New York newspaper.
The best fiction anthology of cocaine-themed tales to blow through in years, featuring all-new stories from Susan Straight, Lee Child, Jerry Stahl, Ken Bruen, Laura Lippman, Bill Moody, Nina Revoyr, and many more.
A doorman at a posh apartment building gets lost in the mean New York City streets, battling his demons as he searches for life’s higher meaning.
Robert Arellano, author of the Edgar-nominated crime novel Havana Lunar, returns with another spine-tingling noir from Akashic Books.
Joyce Carol Oates pulls out all the stops in this chilling female-centric noir collection featuring brand-new writing from Margaret Atwood, Aimee Bender, Edwidge Danticat, and more.
Kimani reimagines the rise and fall of colonialism in Africa by telling the story of the birth of Kenya’s railroad.
A classic murder mystery set in the 1930s Dust Bowl that portrays the era with great beauty, tenderness, and sorrowful authenticity.
The American debut novel by the winner of the National Book Award of the Philippines.
Kapralov depicts the desperate struggles of his characters—Yuri’s stubborn military resistance, Nata’s fanatical commitment to guard the mysterious powers of a sacred meteorite, and Alexey’s struggles simply to survive—with a perfect balance of intensity and nonchalance.
There’s a killer on the loose in Mission County, Pennsylvania . . . whose next victim might be the prosecuting attorney.
Debut novelist Larson presents the first book in a literary-noir series featuring an obsessive-compulsive protagonist in a ravaged New York City.
Elizabeth Nunez’s reissued fourth novel is a haunting, mesmerizing exploration into the often destructive price of passion.
The highly anticipated new novel and debut US publication from the legendary Jamaican author of The Lunatic and The Duppy.
Celebrating the 400th anniversary of the modern novel, Akashic Books publishes a Don Quixote for the era of graft: racketeering politicians, stolen elections, and total-bullshit recalls!
Oddball sexuality, acts of perversion, and out-of-order behavior from the acclaimed Jamaican author of The Lunatic and Dog War.
How funny is this social satire? Akashic Books’s pledge to our readers: Laugh out loud at least once or your money back. Seriously.
The first book of plays from the author of the cult-classic The Fuck-Up (over 100,000 copies in print).
A modern-day King Lear, a novel of greed, resentment, jealousy, betrayal, and romance set in Trinidad, Jamaica, and Barbados.
The Ancient Greek thriller from the author of Adios Muchachos, winner of an Edgar Award.
California Book Award–winner Greer presents a hilarious and immaculately written story set in LA, exploring the inevitability of failure.
The fourth installment and first female author in Dennis Cooper’s groundbreaking Little House on the Bowery series.
Fast Eddie is a convoluted Oedipal adventure blending low-brow scenarios with high-art diction, reminiscent of Robert Coover, John Hawkes, and Edmund White.
A riveting novel of ideas exploring the perils of hazing and feverish masculinity on a high school football team.
Life is teetering on the edge of the apocalypse in and around the tiny Washington State coastal community that occupies the center of Firewater, a posthumously released, brutally funny environmental suspense novel.
A young female pilot brashly defies gender restrictions in the Roaring Twenties.
The Fuck-Up is a thriller with a literary soul set in the pre-chic Lower East Side.
The posthumous novel from legendary Queens rapper Mazaradi Fox, who was once a member of 50 Cent’s G-Unit crew.
Half-sisters Kara and Alex—one the biracial product of foster care, the other of dysfunctional privilege—struggle for redemption and forgiveness.
A dazzling coming-of-age novella, now an Essence Magazine best seller, by Jamaica’s top-selling writer.
A selection of Dennis Cooper’s Little House on the Bowery series.
Cult novelist Dennis Cooper launches the third title of Little House on the Bowery, the Akashic series he is editing and promoting.
The reissue of Elizabeth Nunez’s moving exploration into trust, family, redemption, and love.
Legendary Haitian author Depestre combines magic, fantasy, eroticism, and delirious humor to explore universal questions of race and sexuality.
The scintillating stand-alone sequel to Arellano’s 2010 Edgar Award finalist, Havana Lunar.
A literary crime novel on the last island of socialism, during a period of intense desperation.
The third installment in cult novelist Dennis Cooper’s groundbreaking Little House on the Bowery series.
Armstead Maupin meets Carl Hiaasen in a brilliant black comedy that traces the paths of disparate characters floating through New York, about to collide in a treacherous story that will make you think twice about ever answering a classified ad.
The latest entry in the Akashic Drug Chronicles Series. Heroin has long been understood as the most “literary” of narcotics, and this collection will, for better and worse, have tremendous pop cultural appeal.
Shiflett’s suspenseful and provocative literary debut, set in Chicago and Puerto Escondido, a small Mexican beach town 150 miles south of Acapulco.
A History of the African-American People (Proposed) by Strom Thurmond, as told to Percival Everett & James Kincaid (A Novel)
Veteran authors Everett and Kincaid present an uproarious send-up of one of America’s most controversial American icons.
Prodigy, from the legendary hip-hop group Mobb Deep, launches Akashic’s new Infamous Books imprint with a story of loyalty, vengeance, and greed.
Prodigy, from the legendary hip-hop group Mobb Deep, launches Akashic’s new Infamous Books imprint with a story of loyalty, vengeance, and greed.
When Naomi, a fourteen-year-old white girl, is placed with a black foster care family, her life takes some dramatic twists and turns.
Fourteen of the city’s finest authors explore the dark heart of the Pearl of the Orient in haunting stories of depravity and despair.
The fourth-largest city in the US is long overdue to enter the Noir Series arena, and does so blazingly.
Paperback reissue of the second novel from the author of the smash hits Hairstyles of the Damned, Tender as Hellfire, and The Boy Detective Fails
Akashic launches an African American–focused reprint series with this classic story collection.
Introducing the new winner of the Paz Prize for Poetry, given by the National Poetry Series, featuring an introduction by Rigoberto González, and presented in both Spanish and English.
Jones’s only collection of stories is back in print, with a new preface by daughter Kaylie Jones and a brand new study guide.
Larson’s antihero storms back in the explosive final installment in the Dewey Decimal hard-boiled, crime-fiction trilogy.
Jamaica’s literary lion Colin Channer presents new fiction from the freshest young Jamaican authors and the Calabash International Literary Festival’s Extended Family.
A majestic novel that will launch Allen into the ranks of Junot Díaz and Toni Morrison.
Jonah Sees Ghosts is a shocking, touching, and humorous first novel that blends magical realism with a figurative study of how alcohol abuse shapes the personalities within a family.
Fifteen-year-old Quinn faces an impossible decision in this quest of sisterhood and self-sacrifice.
Kamikaze Lust takes the reader on an electrifying ride through the spectacle of life and death in millennial America.
The fiftieth-anniversary edition of Hamill’s thrilling and provocative 1968 debut novel, with a brand-new introduction by the author.
A fierce, intelligent, and often hilarious novel about a young African American attorney who struggles to keep his cool in the personally and politically turbulent ’90s.
Award-winning author Yongsoo Park presents a powerful coming-of-age story of a young boy on the edges of New York City.
A phenomenal debut novella to further establish the literary excellence of Dennis Cooper’s Little House on the Bowery series.
A post-punk story of outsiders, family, inherited drama, and love set in downtown New York, Los Angeles, and Mexico City.
Two Catholic priests fall in love amid deadly conflicts in the Amazon between the Colombian government, insurgent groups, and drug cartels.
An African American man confronts a heart of darkness when his family moves from Los Angeles to a small town in Norway.
In this evocative debut, the accidental murder of an eight-year-old forces a working-class community to face its demons.
In Revoyr’s most thrilling novel to date, four backpackers embark on a trip in the Sierra Nevada that quickly becomes a disaster.
An anti–romantic comedy about the misadventures of four women who meet on a singles’ bike trip.
Violence and loss shatter Sarah Marker’s domestic life, causing her to reexamine the roots of creativity and art in New York City.
A long-awaited reissue of this deeply thoughtful novel about hope, forgiveness, and the cost of loving Donovan, a complex man with a shattered history.
Part murder mystery and part family saga, this dramatic and often hilarious novel explores the history of Los Angeles’s Iranian Jewish community.
The first-ever US publication of the Caribbean comic classic that is also a major motion picture.
The debut title from Akashic’s Open Lens imprint: a universal tale of family, heritage, and the ties that bind, from the nationally best-selling author Randall Robinson.
Manhattan Loverboy (MLB) is paranoid delusion and fantastic comedy in the service of social realism.
Joyce Carol Oates, Lee Child, Linda Yablonsky, and others take short fiction to a higher level (though they don’t inhale).
Based on a true, ripped-from-the-headlines story, a voyage into the noir heart of present-day Guatemala.
The unsettling story of a young man who suffers an identity crisis after getting tangled up in a telephone scam.
Dennis Cooper unveils a mesmerizing debut story collection for his Little House on the Bowery fiction series.
An enchanting first novel exploring a fractured utopian community on the Texas/Mexico border at the turn of the twentieth century.
Classic Jones reissued, with a new preface by National Book Award–winner Larry Heinemann.
A stand-alone satiric thriller from New York City literary icon Arthur Nersesian.
In Milwaukee Noir, a city of manufacturers and booze, as well as a growing immigrant community, makes perfect grist for the Noir Series mill.
A literary psychological thriller set in 1951, reminiscent of The Great Gatsby.
In 1959, a French Resistance hero investigates a murder in a small Breton town, while awaiting his own trial.
A Haitian immigrant in the US tries to stay emotionally afloat after the 2010 Haitian earthquake rips her family apart.
A young man travels to Trinidad to reconnect with a transgender parent, uncovering the complex realities of love and family.
A groundbreaking, hilarious novel about two elder gay Caribbean men coming to terms with being closeted in a changing world.
The second installment from Hotel St. George Press, following the release of The Session by Aaron Petrovich.
A tightly crafted search for redemption and forgiveness within the shadows of a family’s military past, by the author of Water in Darkness.
The long-awaited debut novel from acclaimed author Eteraz; a darkly comic, provocative, and insightful vision of the contemporary American experience.
Akashic Books reissues Nina Revoyr’s inspired and groundbreaking 1997 debut novel about women’s basketball, class, racial identity, and friendship.
A gorgeously written and tightly plotted mystery novel that brings the city of Delhi alive, in ways both enchanting and provocative.
Larson’s antihero Dewey Decimal is back in this bombastic and soulful sequel to The Dewey Decimal System.
Discover some of the best in speculative short fiction from the Caribbean’s up-and-coming voices.
A haunting, exquisitely written novel exploring the true devastation of the US war in Afghanistan.
Kobbé’s hilarious social novel centers on a comically failed business venture on the island of Anguilla, brilliantly echoing A Confederacy of Dunces and Herman Wouk’s Don’t Stop the Carnival.
A washed-up ex-journalist looking for a missing girl in San Francisco is framed by a Guatemalan hit man for a series of murders.
A beautifully illustrated story of three girls caught up in the most curious of mysteries.
**While supplies last, copies ordered here will be SIGNED by the illustrator, Ricardo Cortés!
A pan-Caribbean anthology of original short stories culled from the very best entries to the Commonwealth Short Story Prize.
A teenager develops an unlikely friendship with Lou Reed in 1970s NYC, in a standout debut from TV/film star Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos, etc.).
A young woman must learn to love and trust again after experiencing the brutality of ritual servitude in West Africa.
**While supplies last, paperback copies ordered here will be SIGNED by Bernice L. McFadden!
Three days in the life of Samuel Berkow, a German Jew escaping Nazi Germany by boat to Guatemala in 1938.
The reissue of Elizabeth Nunez’s captivating novel Prospero’s Daughter, a brilliantly conceived retelling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
A true believer is faced with a choice between love for his family and the Cuban Revolution.
The debut novella by Aaron Petrovich and first release from Hotel St. George Press.
In Scofield’s powerful debut, teenager Lily Asher takes her first steps toward a strange, loving journey to self-acceptance and belonging.
The debut novel from the award-winning Ghanaian-born Jamaican poet.
Derek McCormack’s most compelling work yet is his second selection in Dennis Cooper’s groundbreaking Little House on the Bowery fiction series.
A provocative debut that masterfully fuses issues of culture, race, sexuality, and family.
Since You Ask is about the origins of sexual compulsion, and one young woman’s attempts to be free.
Brand-new fiction, essays, and poems from seventeen island countries around the world.
The novel that inspired the Merchant Ivory film is back in print! With a new author’s introduction and a previously unpublished chapter.
A gripping portrait of a rural Indiana town still reeling from the unsolved 1980s murder of a gay teen.
The novel that’s changing the way we define “family.” The Osbournes, Sopranos, and Eminem are only “some of the parts” that make up the whole story of the new American family.
Chris Abani’s new novella furthers his reputation as the most acclaimed young African writer today.
Undistilled noir in the much-anticipated third novel from the American Book Award–winning Bronx native.
Grief, violence, and history collide to offer a radical look at childhood and migration in suburban New England.
A literary thriller from the daughter of James Jones.
Following the international success of the Noir Series, this volume marks the launch of a new drug-based sister series.
Book II in The Primal Age Chronicles will leave you questioning everything you know about surviving in the modern world.
A contemporary Los Angeles story of uncrossable social lines, allegiance and betrayal, immeasurable power, and the ways the present is continuously shaped by the past.
The critically acclaimed psychological drama from the author of the cult classic The Fuck-Up and Manhattan Loverboy.
A haunting Florida-based literary thriller in the tradition of Alfred Hitchcock.
A riveting coming-of-age story that follows a young woman who squats abandoned buildings with comrades in 1990s New York City.
An erotic drama about four sexy couples and one swingers’ club where their fantasies and nightmares collide.
Australia can no longer be held back from the Akashic Noir Series; herein, Sydney reveals itself to be a world-class hub of noir.
Sparrow L. Patterson’s debut novel follows a nineteen-year-old bisexual girl on her whirlwind journey of sexual escapades, drug-induced hallucinations, shoplifting sprees, and other criminal behavior.
A reissue of a 1965 novel, a remarkable narrative of childhood and youth, spiraling out of Dante’s Inferno.
This reissue of a 1967 story collection shows a mind in motion, featuring writing that is provocative, witty, bitter, and aggressive.
Controversial literary legend Amiri Baraka’s new short story collection—an Essence Magazine best-seller—will shock and awe.
A haunting, epic Caribbean love story, reminiscent of García Márquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera.
Friendship, betrayal, and international intrigue populate this brilliant novel in the tradition of Graham Greene and John le Carré.
An unflinching noir exploration of one the world’s most volatile cities.
A dark, complex morality tale exploring the limits of justice in contemporary Mumbai.
A historical mystery by bestseller Heffernan in the tradition of Chandler and Hammett.
Ex-bodyguard D Hunter is swept into the City of Angels on a dark mission to find his mysterious grandfather’s killer.
Obejas’s stories of contemporary Cuba explore how history and fate intrude on even the most ordinary of lives.
A stylized reissue of the acclaimed, surreal noir collaboration between Mexico’s greatest writer and its most courageous revolutionary.
During the summer of the drought, a boy must decide if his neighbor’s ark is lunacy or a lifeline.
A breathtaking science fiction debut from a worthy successor to Octavia Butler.
An anthology of new fiction writers who are using the Internet to develop their work; part of Dennis Cooper’s Little House on the Bowery series.
Following the success of Montreal Noir and Toronto Noir, the Noir Series travels to the west coast of Canada.
Based on extensive research into the rhetoric of religious cults, Victims is a novel about the final days of a religious cult called The Overcomers.
A taut, disturbing novel that examines the Vietnam War’s living legacy and plumbs the depths of human sadness.
A satirical adventure story featuring two young teens, in the style of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.
One house . . . one robbery . . . one mistake . . . sexual intrigue and violence intermingle in this tense urban thriller.
Part of Dennis Cooper’s Little House on the Bowery series, this collection of stories is told by a woman compelled to divulge her secrets, fantasies, and obsessions.
Revoyr’s novel examines the effects of change on a small, isolated town, the strengths and limits of community, and the sometimes conflicting loyalties of family and justice.
The second novel from the author of the award-winning Kamikaze Lust.
A young boy’s murder unleashes chaos in the life of a schoolteacher and a small New England town.
Denial, God, dystopia, academic, and reality TV collide in acclaimed author Crane’s third story collection from Punk Planet Books, the imprint that launched indie smash hit Hairstyles of the Damned by Joe Meno.
Against her better judgment, assassin Kahllah (a.k.a. the Black Lotus) is called upon to try to “eliminate” a mysterious band of thieves calling themselves the Ghost Squad.
When a young woman appears to split into four different versions of herself, protagonist and behavioral psychologist Garrett Adams must decide what is vision, what is science, and what is delusion.
Professor Tom Stall’s career and life are threatened when a nefarious government-affiliated group of men begin investigating the private acts of innocent people in late 1950s Florida.
An impassioned plea for freedom and justice, set in a world uncomfortably like our own, by the Booker Prize-winner Ben Okri.
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o anchors this truly fascinating first East African installment in the Akashic Noir Series.
The state of Ohio could only escape the Akashic Noir Series for so long.
Santa Fe joins Phoenix as a riveting Southwest US installment in the Akashic Noir Series.
Alabama joins Mississippi as fertile Deep South soil for the Noir Series.
Berkeley brings its own unique blend of Bay Area noir, complementing the grit and grime that preceded it in San Francisco Noir and Oakland Noir.
A hilarious and poignant novel about growing up, buying in, selling out, and the death of irony.
A vibrant and provocative debut novel that dispels myths surrounding transracial adoption.
A dramatic, playful, brutal, sweeping, and always entertaining reimagining of New York City history, presaging today’s political tyranny.
Award-winning novelist Mengiste artfully ushers the City of Humans, Ethiopia’s bustling capital, into the Noir Series arena.
Trap music, human trafficking, malt liquor, and the tyranny of President Trump collide in the fifth installment of Nelson George’s D Hunter mystery series.
Tampa Bay joins Miami in representing the (alleged) Sunshine State in the Noir Series arena.
A beautifully illustrated picture book that gives parents a way to discuss marijuana with children without encouraging them to use it.