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Brooklyn Noir 3: Nothing but the Truth

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Brooklyn Noir is back, this time with a true-crime vengeance.

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What people are saying…

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


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.

Brand-new true-crime stories by: Robert Leuci, Dennis R. Hawkins, Tim McLoughlin, Thomas Adcock, Errol Louis, Denise Buffa, CJ Sullivan, Kim Sykes, Reed Farrel Coleman, Patricia Mulcahy, Aileen Gallagher, Christopher Musella, Robert Knightly, Jess Korman, Constance Casey, and Rosemarie Yu.

From the introduction by Tim McLoughlin:

“There is a difference, as editor, between cheering the literary accomplishment of a fiction writer who has delivered a brilliant story about a serial killer or hit man, and reading the true account, however beautifully written, of a young woman raped, murdered, and forgotten. So this book, though it has its light moments (and thank God for those), is for me the darkest of the Brooklyn Noir series. These pieces remind us that crime is personal. It happens to us and to our neighbors. Sometimes it happens because we do nothing to prevent it. Life does not always offer the moral arc we so desperately crave in fiction. If it did, we’d have no need for myths and fables, religion or miracles . . .

Read this book. Enjoy it. Be horrified by it. Carry it with you always. And the next time you’re watching a particularly bizarre and salacious news item on the television set in your neighborhood pub, and the guy on the next stool says, ‘You can’t make this shit up,’ smack him with it.”

Table of Contents


Part I: Ring-a-Levio
“A Spring Afternoon in the Meadow, That ‘Long, Loud Scream'” by Contance Casey (Prospect Park)
“Sweet Cherry: R.I.P.” by Christopher Musella (Sunset Park)
“The Ghetto Never Sleeps, Mister Policeman” by Robert Leuci (Atlantic Yards)
“The Morgue Boys” by Thomas Adcock (Brownsville)

Part II: Johnny-on-the-Pony
“Fun-Time Monsters” by Errol Louis (East Flatbush)
“Getting to Know Mad Dog” by Robert Knightly (Bushwick)
“True Confessions” by Dennis Hawkins (Brooklyn Heights)
“The Body in the Doorway” by Patricia Mulcahy (Fort Greene)

Part III: Death Step
“Snapshots” by Tim McLoughlin (Kings County Supreme Court)
“No Roses for Bubbeh” by Reed Farrel Coleman (Coney Island)
“The Brooklyn Boogeyman” by C.J. Sullivan (Bensonhurst)
“Slaves in Brooklyn” by Kim Sykes (Weeksville)

Part IV: Skelsies
“The Creamflake Kid” by Jess Korman (Crown Heights)
“Mommy Wears a Wire” by Denise Buffa (Borough Park)
“Beef Kills” by Rosemarie Yu (East New York)
“Sesame Street for Grown-ups” by Aileen Gallagher (Cobble Hill)

Book Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Published: 6/1/08
  • IBSN: 9781933354149
  • e-IBSN: 9781617750472


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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An Edgar Award–winning novelist, THOMAS ADCOCK is a veteran newspaper and magazine journalist. He divides his time between a Manhattan apartment and an 18th century farmhouse in upstate New York. He is the coeditor of Brooklyn Noir 3: Nothing but the Truth.

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