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Manhattan Noir

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Mystery writing titan Lawrence Block takes a bite into Manhattan crime.

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What people are saying…

“A pleasing variety of Manhattan neighborhoods come to life in Block’s solid anthology . . . the writing is of a high order and a nice mix of styles.”
Publishers Weekly

“Feel the dread, the angled shadow, the sidelong quicks, the pitter-patter of running blood, the femme fatales’ will she/won’t she/she did, the creep of the heel, and the stone causes the hitch and the hitch and the stumble. Manhattan Noir’s got it all and then some . . . Thick with tradition, rich with revelation, and as sweet as Hard Crime itself, Manhattan Noir is just desserts indeed. Dig in.”
Ink 19

“[A] thrilling new anthology in the Noir series from Akashic Books . . . This latest addition to the Noir family takes a sizable bite out of the big apple.”
Futures Mystery Anthology Magazine

“A fun read that’s sure to please mystery lovers and fans of New York fiction.”


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: Jeffery Deaver, Lawrence Block, Charles Ardai, Carol Lea Benjamin, Thomas H. Cook, Jim Fusilli, Robert Knightly, John Lutz, Liz Martínez, Maan Meyers, Martin Meyers, S.J. Rozan, Justin Scott, C.J. Sullivan, and Xu Xi.

From the introduction by Lawrence Block:

Readers of Brooklyn Noir will recall that its contents were labeled by neighborhood—Bay Ridge, Canarsie, Greenpoint, etc. We have chosen the same principle here, and the book’s contents do a good job of covering the island, from C.J. Sullivan’s Inwood and Charles Ardai’s Upper East Side, to Justin Scott’s Chelsea and Carol Lea Benjamin’s Greenwich Village. The range in mood and literary style is at least as great; noir can be funny, it can stretch to include magic realism, it can be ample or stark, told in the past or present tense, and in the first or third person. I wouldn’t presume to define noir—if we could define it, we wouldn’t need to use a French word for it—but it seems to me that it’s more a way of looking at the world than what one sees.”

Table of Contents


“The Good Samaritan” by Charles Ardai (Midtown)
“The Last Supper” by Carol Lea Benjamin (Greenwich Village)
“If You Can’t Stand the Heat” by Lawrence Block (Clinton)
“Rain” by Thomas H. Cook (Battery Park)
“A Nice Place to Visit” by Jeffery Deaver (Hell’s Kitchen)
“The Next Best Thing” by Jim Fusilli (George Washington Bridge)
“Take the Man’s Pay” by Robert Knightly (Garment District)
“The Laundry Room” by John Lutz (Upper West Side)
“Freddie Prinze Is My Guardian Angel” by Liz Martínez (Washington Heights)
“The Organ Grinder” by Maan Meyers (Lower East Side)
“Why Do They Have to Hit?” by Martin Meyers (Yorkville)
“Building” by S.J. Rozan (Harlem)
“The Most Beautiful Apartment in New York” by Justin Scott (Chelsea)
“The Last Round” by C.J. Sullivan (Inwood)
“Crying with Audrey Hepburn” by Xu Xi (Times Square)


Book Details

  • Paperback: 257 pages
  • Published: 4/1/06
  • IBSN: 9781888451955
  • e-IBSN: 9781936070374


LAWRENCE BLOCK has won most of the major mystery awards, and has been called the quintessential New York writer. His series characters—Matthew Scudder, Bernie Rhodenbarr, Evan Tanner, Chip Harrison, and Keller—all live in Manhattan; and like their creator, they would not really be happy anywhere else. He is the editor of Manhattan Noir and Manhattan Noir 2: The Classics.

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