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Brooklyn Noir 2: The Classics

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Brooklyn Noir is back with a vengeance, this time with the masters of yore: H.P. Lovecraft, Donald Westlake, Lawrence Block, Pete Hamill, Jonathan Lethem, Colson Whitehead, and more!

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What people are saying…

“Here, McLoughlin mine reprints, allowing him to pay tribute to “all the great stories that had given me the idea for such a book in the first place” . . . Terrific appeal for Brooklynites.”

“An assortment of the borough’s crime-fiction masterminds get down to the gritty details in this entertaining collection of chilling stories.”

Brooklyn Noir 2: The Classics, edited by Tim McLoughlin, is the perfect companion to McLoughlin’s successful all-original anthology.”
—Publishers Weekly

“Murder. Mystery. Mayhem. Once again we visit the borough of Brooklyn by way of deftly authored stories by those who live and breathe it . . . Editor Tim McLoughlin handpicked a tome full of the best tales already told about the duplicitousness of both Brooklyn’s landscapes and inhabitants.”

Brooklyn Noir 2 is gritty nostalgia served with a side dish of modern noir, always insightful and colorful without apology—much like the borough itself.”
—Futures MYSTERY Anthology Magazine

“Packed full of literary treats . . . The stories here are all set in Brooklyn and date from early in the last century to the present day . . . What a fine collection. My thanks to Tim McLoughlin for such an intelligent and splendid anthology.”
—Mystery Scene Magazine

Awards & Praise for the first Brooklyn Noir anthology:

Brooklyn Noir is on fire! It is an Edgar Award finalist for “The Book Signing” by Pete Hamill; winner of the MWA’s Robert L. Fish Memorial Award for “Can’t Catch Me” by Thomas Morrissey; a Shamus Award finalist for “Hasidic Noir” by Pearl Abraham; a Pushcart Prize finalist for “Practicing” by Ellen Miller; an Anthony Award finalist for “Hunter/Trapper” by Arthur Nersesian; an Anthony Award finalist for Best Cover Art.

Brooklyn Noir stories “When All This Was Bay Ridge” by Tim McLoughlin and “Case Closed” by Lou Manfredo have both been selected for Best American Mystery Stories 2005 edited by Joyce Carol Oates and Otto Penzler.

Brooklyn Noir is such a stunningly perfect combination that you can’t believe you haven’t read an anthology like this before. But trust me—you haven’t. Story after story is a revelation, filled with the requisite sense of place, but also the perfect twists that crime stories demand. The writing is flat-out superb, filled with lines that will sing in your head for a long time to come.”
Laura Lippman, winner of the Edgar, Shamus and Agatha awards

“You want real? Leave the white collar at home and come to Brooklyn. The stories in this astonishingly diverse collection will pull you out onto the street, maybe even rough you up a little. And you’ll love it. Edgy, sly, and at times downright eye-popping, Brooklyn Noir takes you on an ultra-cool walking tour of NYC’s hippest borough.”
—Tim Cockey, author of Backstabber

“For fans of noir, for fans of Brooklyn, for fans of just plain old great writing—this is the book for you, or, rather, I should say, you’se.”
—Jonathan Ames, author of What’s Not to Love? and The Extra Man


Read “Pink Houses,” Tim McLoughlin’s contribution to Akashic’s Mondays Are Murder series.

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.

Featuring stories by: H.P. Lovecraft, Lawrence Block, Donald E. Westlake, Pete Hamill, Jonathan Lethem, Colson Whitehead, Irwin Shaw, Carolyn Wheat, Thomas Wolfe, Hubert Selby, Jr., Stanley Ellin, Gilbert Sorrentino, Maggie Estep, and Salvatore Lapuma.

From the introduction by Tim McLoughlin:

The success of Brooklyn Noir, launched in the summer of 2004, surpassed all expectations. I’m pleased to say . . . Working on this volume has been a different task than the first, in that there was little interaction, from an editorial point of view, with the writers, some of whom are deceased. This time I felt more like an archeologist, mining volumes old and new, looking for treasure. The rule for the first Brooklyn Noir had been that each story had to be previously unpublished. Here, just the opposite. Brooklyn Noir 2 stories had to have been printed somewhere else before they hit the doorstep. That was about the only difference. I tried again to capture the special dread, tension, and solid writing that good dark fiction possesses. The scary feeling of watching the average Joe getting in over his head, or accidentally brushing up against something sinister on the way to work . . .

The tales cross all boundaries of past and present, well-known and unknown neighborhoods, literary and genre traditions. It all goes into that great cocktail shaker that is Brooklyn. As editor, I have the pleasure of picking the ingredients, mixing them, and serving them to you. And that makes me the luckiest bartender in the world. Enjoy.”

Table of Contents


Part I: Old School Brooklyn
“The Horror at Red Hook” by H.P. Lovecraft (Red Hook)
“Only the Dead Know Brooklyn” by Thomas Wolfe (Brooklyn Subway)
“Borough of Cemeteries” by Irwin Shaw (Brownsville)

Part II: New School Brooklyn
“Tugboat Syndrome” by Jonathan Lethem (Carroll Gardens)
“The All-Night Bodega of Souls” by Colson Whitehead (Fort Greene)
“The Only Good Judge” by Carolyn Wheat (Brooklyn Heights)
“Luck Be a Lady” by Maggie Estep (Kensington)

Part III: Cops & Robbers
“By the Dawn’s Early Light” by Lawrence Block (Sunset Park)
“The Best-Friend Murder” by Donald E. Westlake (Park Slope)
“The Men in Black Raincoats” by Pete Hamill (South Slope)
“The Day of the Bullet” by Stanley Ellin (Bath Beach)

Part IV: Wartime Brooklyn
“Tralala” by Hugert Selby, Jr. (South Brooklyn)
“The Boys of Bensonhurst” by Salvatore La Puma (Bensonhurst)
“Steelwork” by Gilbert Sorrentino (Bay Ridge)

Book Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Published: 6/1/05
  • IBSN: 9781888451764
  • e-IBSN: 9781617752131


TIM McLOUGHLIN is the editor of the multiple award–winning anthologies Brooklyn Noir and Brooklyn Noir 2, and coeditor of Brooklyn Noir 3. His debut novel, Heart of the Old Country , was a selection of the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers program, won Italy’s Premio Penne award, and was the basis for the motion picture The Narrows. His books have been published in seven languages. McLoughlin retired after working for thirty years as a peace officer in the New York City criminal justice system, and divides his time between Brooklyn and Eastern Pennsylvania. Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms: Stories and Essays is his latest work.

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