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London Noir (England)

Edited by:

Serpent’s Tail novelist Unsworth teases, tickles, and horrifies with her stellar curation of London Noir.

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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 stories by: Desmond Barry, Ken Bruen, Stewart Home, Barry Adamson, Michael Ward, Sylvie Simmons, Daniel Bennett, Cathi Unsworth, Max Décharné, Martyn Waites, Joolz Denby, John Williams, Jerry Sykes, Mark Pilkington, Joe McNally, Patrick McCabe, and Ken Hollings.

From the introduction by Cathi Unsworth:

That London has survived so long comes down to its foundation in the root of all evil. The river, as the Romans knew, meant the riches of the world could be shipped directly to its ravenous mouth. London has controlled the world for many of the years of its existence. London is the Grand Wizard. It’s no coincidence that Ken Hollings writes a future projection for the city from the gleaming towers of Canary Wharf, the monument to capitalism laid down on the ashes of the working class East End by the Wicked Witch of Westminster, Margaret Thatcher . . . So this is not really a collection of crime stories. This is a compass for the reader to chart their own path through the dark streets of London, to take whatever part chimes most closely with their soul and use it as a talisman.

Table of Contents


Part I: Police & Thieves
“Backgammon” by Desmond Barry (Soho)
“Loaded” by Ken Bruen (Brixton)
“Rigor Mortis” by Stewart Home (Ladbroke Grove)
“Maida Hell” by Barry Adamson (Maida Hill)

Part II: I Fought the Law
“I Fought the Lawyer” by Michael Ward (Mayfair)
“I Hate His Fingers” by Sylvie Simmons (Kentish Town)
“Park Rites” by Dan Bennett (Clissold Park)
“Trouble Is a Lonesome Town” by Cathi Unsworth (King’s Cross)
“Chelsea Three, Scotland Yard Nil” by Max Décharné (King’s Road)

Part III: Guns on the Roof
“Love” by Martyn Waites (Dagenham)
“Sic Transit Gloria Mundi” by Joolz Denby (Bradford)
“New Rose” by John Williams (New Cross)
“Penguin Island” by Jerry Sykes (Camden Town)

Part IV: London Calling
“She’ll Ride a White Horse” by Mark Pilkington (Dalston)
“South” by Joe McNally (Elephant & Castle)
“Who Do You Know in Heaven?” by Patrick McCabe (Aldgate)
“Betamax” by Ken Hollings (Canary Wharf)


Book Details

  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Published: 8/1/06
  • IBSN: 9781888451986
  • e-IBSN: 9781936070367


CATHI UNSWORTH moved to Ladbroke Grove in 1987 and has stayed there ever since. She began a career in rock writing with Sounds and Melody Maker, before coediting the arts journal Purr and then Bizarre magazine. Her first novel, The Not Knowing, was published by Serpent’s Tail, and she is the editor of London Noir.

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