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Wall Street Noir

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Wall Street Noir casts a stark light on the darkest ends of The Street.

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“At the Top of His Game” by Stephen Rhodes was selected for inclusion in The Best American Mystery Stories 2008 anthology

“The Enlightenment of Magnus McKay” by John Burdett and “A Trader’s Lot” by Twist Phelan were selected as finalists for Best Short Story for the 2008 Derringer Awards


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: John Burdett, Henry Blodget, Peter Blauner, Jason Starr, Megan Abbott, Reed Farrel Coleman, Stephen Rhodes, Twist Phelan, Tim Broderick, Jim Fusilli, David Noonan, Richard Aleas, Lawrence Light, James Hime, Mark Haskell Smith, Peter Spiegelman, and Lauren Sanders.

From a distance—on television, say, or in the pages of the business section—it looks like such a clean, well-lighted place, a place where decisions to buy or sell are guided by formulas and subtle strategy, and thorough, dispassionate consideration of all available facts. A place where cool reason prevails. And sure, that’s one version of Wall Street—call it the CNBC edition. But this book is about another place, just beneath that shiny surface—a place where fear and greed have always held sway. Think WorldCom or Tyco; think Enron. Think Gordon Gekko.

Wall Street Noir illuminates a place whose boundaries have spread well beyond Trinity Church and the East River. In today’s relentlessly global economy, Wall Street is everywhere: a borderless, virtual city encompassing Midtown Manhattan, Main Street, U.S.A., the maquilas of Honduras, the office towers of Shanghai, and the brothels of Bangkok. It’s a shadowy metropolis, as the stories in this exciting collection reveal, and one that’s far more Jim Thompson than Warren Buffet.

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Table of Contents


Part I: Downtown
“At the Top of His Game” by Stephen Rhodes (40 Broad Street)
“A Trader’s Lot” by Twist Phelan (1 North End Avenue)
“Feeding Frenzy” by Tim Broderick (40 Wall Street)
“A Terrorizing Demonstration” by Jim Fusilli (23 Wall Street)
“Town Car” by David Noonan (85 Exchange Place)

Part II: Uptown
“The Quant” by Richard Aleas (Times Square)
“Make Me Rich” by Lawrence Light (257 W. 36th Street)
“Rough Justice” by James Hime (200 Park Avenue)
“The Consultant” by Peter Blauner (1313 Avenue of the Americas)

Part III: Main Street
“The Day Trader in the Trunk of Cleto’s Car” by Mark Haskell Smith (Los Angeles, California)
“Five Days at the Sunset” by Peter Spiegelman (Lethe, South Dakota)
“Today We Hit” by Megan Abbott (110 W. 139th Street)
“The Basher” by Jason Starr (Hoboken, New Jersey)

Part IV: Global Markets
“The Enlightenment of Magnus McKay” by John Burdett (Bangkok, Thailand)
“Bonus Season” by Henry Blodget (Shanghai, China)
“Everything I’m Not” by Lauren Sanders (Tel Aviv, Israel)
“Due Diligence” by Reed Farrel Coleman (Tegucigalpa, Honduras)


Book Details

  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Published: 6/1/07
  • IBSN: 9781933354231
  • e-IBSN: 9781936070541


PETER SPIEGELMAN is the Shamus Award–winning author of Black Maps, Death’s Little Helpers, and Red Cat (all published by Knopf), which feature private detective and Wall Street refugee John March. He is also the editor of Wall Street Noir. Mr. Spiegelman is a twenty-year veteran of the financial services and software industries, and has worked with banks, brokerage houses and central banks in major markets around the world. He lives in Connecticut.

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