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Queens Noir

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On the heels of Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Bronx, the borough of Queens enters the chambers of noir in this riveting collection edited by defense attorney and acclaimed fiction writer Robert Knightly.

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Read “The Rikers Island Bar,” Robert Knightly’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 stories by: Denis Hamill, Maggie Estep, Megan Abbott, Robert Knightly, Liz Martínez, Jill Eisenstadt, Mary Byrne, Tori Carrington, Shailly P. Agnihotri, k.j.a. Wishnia, Victoria Eng, Alan Gordon, Belinda Farley, Joseph Guglielmelli, Patricia King, Kim Sykes, Jillian Abbott, Stephen Solomita, and Glenville Lovell.

From the introduction by Robert Knightly:

Queens is New York City’s biggest borough, with the most parks and cemeteries, both major airports, Shea Stadium, the city’s only racetrack, and 150 languages spoken by more foreign-born residents than live anywhere else in the U.S. No wonder Queens has attitude. And plenty of noir to go around. That’s the premise of Queens Noir. I chose these nineteen authors for their solid connections to the borough, not to mention their skewed worldviews.”

Table of Contents


Part I: Queens on the Fly: By Sea, Horse, Train, Plane, and Silver Screen
“Alice Fantastic” by Maggie Estep (Aqueduct Racetrack)
“Under the Throgs Neck Bridge” by Denis Hamill (Bayside)
“Golden Venture” by Jill Eisenstadt (The Rockaways)
“Buckner’s Error” by Joseph Guglielmelli (Shea Stadium)
“Baggage Claim” by Patricia King (JFK Airport)
“Arrivederci, Aldo” by Kim Sykes (Long Island City)

Part II: Old Queens
“Hollywood Lanes” by Megan Abbott (Forest Hills)
“Only the Strong Survive” by Mary Byrne (Astoria)
“First Calvary” by Robert Knightly (Blissville)
“Bottom of the Sixth” by Alan Gordon (Rego Park)
“The Flower of Flushing” by Victoria Eng (Flushing)
“Crazy Jill Saves the Slinky” by Stephen Solomita (College Point)
“Last Stop, Ditmars” by Tori Carrington (Ditmars)

Part III: Foreign Shores
“Avoid Agony” by Shailly Agnihotri (Jackson Heights)
“Viernes Loco” by K.j.a. Wishnia (Corona)
“Out of Body” by Glenville Lovell (South Jamaica)
“Lights Out for Frankie” by Liz Martínez (Woodside)
“Jihad Sucks; or, The Conversion of the Jews” by Jillian Abbott (Richmond Hill)
“The Investigation” by Belinda Farley (Jamaica)

Book Details

  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Published: 1/1/08
  • IBSN: 9781933354408
  • e-IBSN: 9781617750595


ROBERT KNIGHTLY relocated from Manhattan to Jackson Heights, Queens in 1994 (marriage and a bigger apartment). He spent his first forty-four years in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, just a hop, skip, and a jump over the Pulaski Bridge spanning Newtown Creek between Greenpoint and Long Island City, Queens. He works as a criminal trial lawyer for the Legal Aid Society in the Queens Criminal Court in Kew Gardens. Once upon a time, he was a New York City policeman, but that was in big, bad Brooklyn. He is the editor of Queens Noir.

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