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Brooklyn Noir

Brooklyn Noir

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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

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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.

"A collection of crime stories set in different Brooklyn neighborhoods, edited by Mr. McLoughlin...The stories are set far and wide in the borough, from Red Hook to Bushwick to Canarsie...Brooklyn has always occupied a special place in the imagination of America writers, who have been captivated by its raffishness."
New York Times

"[An] anthology of 19 brand new hard-boiled and twisted tales, each set in a different Brooklyn neighborhood...the best stories concern people in the present coming to terms with the past."
Publisher’s Weekly

"New York's punchiest borough asserts its criminal legacy with brand-new stories from a magnificent set of today's best writers. Brooklyn Noir moves from Coney Island to Bedford-Stuyvesant to Bay Ridge to Red Hook to Bushwick to Sheepshead Bay to Park Slope and far deeper, into the heart of Brooklyn's historical and criminal largesse, with all of its dark splendor."
—Brooklyn Daily Eagle

"Brooklyn Noir’s contributors are aware of their surroundings, literal and literary...Be cool: This pulp's got enough juice to keep the margaritas flowing."
—Village Voice

"It's all Brooklyn—Bensonhurst and Brighton Beach, Red Hook and Crown Heights—in this atmospheric collection of noir tales."
—Booklist

“This Brooklyn is cagey and unpredictable. This is about the shadowy corners, the musty old bars and the sidewalks littered with broken glass. In Brooklyn Noir, you can’t take anything for granted.”
—Brooklyn Paper

"A recent publication from Akashic Books is the laudable Brooklyn Noir, a collection of dark tales set in New York's self-proclaimed punchiest borough...the story by Peter Hamill is more than worth the price of the whole book."
—New York Sun

"718 represent!...Brooklyn Noir will make "you'se" leave the light on at night."
—Metro

"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

"An excellent collection of Brooklyn stories that I urge everyone to read."
—Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn Borough President

Contributors include Pete Hamill, Nelson George, Sidney Offit, Arthur Nersesian, Pearl Abraham, Ellen Miller, Maggie Estep, Adam Mansbach, CJ Sullivan, Chris Niles, Norman Kelley, and many others.

Akashic Books announces Brooklyn novelist Tim McLoughlin as the editor of the anthology (in addition to his contributing a story). McLoughlin's respect on any Brooklyn street predates the publication of his debut novel Heart of the Old Country (Akashic, 2001), a selection of the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Program that was hailed by Entertainment Weekly as "an inspired cross between Richard Price and Ross McDonald." For years, McLoughlin has worked in the Kings County Supreme Court in downtown Brooklyn.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"You want real? Leave the white collar at home and come to Brooklyn. The stories in this astonishingly diverse collection will pull you out onto the street, maybe even rough you up a little. And you'll love it. Edgy, sly, and at times downright eye-popping, Brooklyn Noir takes you on an ultra-cool walking tour of NYC's hippest borough."
—Tim Cockey, author of Backstabber

"From the sentimental to the hard-edged, a collection as varied and spirited as the characters and neighborhoods it celebrates."
—Thomas H. Cook, author of The Chatham School Affair and Breakheart Hill

"For fans of noir, for fans of Brooklyn, for fans of just plain old great writing—this is the book for you, or, rather, I should say, you'se."
—Jonathan Ames, author of What’s Not to Love? and The Extra Man

Praise for McLoughlin's Heart of the Old Country:

"...cracks with the authenticity that only a writer with a perfect ear can accomplish."
—Bob Leuci, author of Blaze

"McLoughlin writes about South Brooklyn with a fidelity to people and place reminiscent of James T. Farrell's Studs Lonigan and George Orwell's Down and Out in Paris and London."
—Sidney Offit, author of Memoir of the Bookie’s Son

Publishers Weekly
In McLoughlin's entertaining if uneven anthology of 19 brand new hard-boiled and twisted tales, each set in a different Brooklyn neighborhood, the best way to get to know New York City's most diverse borough is either to be dead or to cause someone else to assume that state in as grisly a manner as possible. This might be achieved via the old school method-for instance, with a nickel-plated revolver and a heart full of malice, as in "The Book Signing," Pete Hamill's lyrical opener about a Park Slope "ex-pat" writer who revisits his now-gentrified neighborhood only to step inadvertently into a past he'd long thought buried and forgotten. Or death might arrive in a new-fangled mode, with a scalpel and an Internet connection, as in Arthur Nersesian's compelling "Hunter/ Trapper," in which a Brooklyn Heights Web stalker makes the serious mistake of failing to secure his stalkee securely before ravishment. If a few weaker entries exploit the borough as an arbitrary setting for standard cops-and-robbers fare, the best stories concern people in the present coming to terms with the past. In McLoughlin's evocative "When All This Was Bay Ridge," a Sunset Park cop's son struggles with his dead father's secret history, while Maggie Estep's "Triple Harrison," depicting a squatter who tends a broken-down race horse in the abandoned wastes of East New York, takes the prize as the book's weirdest tale. (July) Forecast: Blurbs from the likes of Laura Lippman and Tim Cockey will help call attention to the book, while a contribution by Irish author Ken Bruen will have his fans wondering how Galway is connected to Brooklyn. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Brooklyn continues to get no respect in this collection of 19 stories, most the work of unheralded hands, all previously unpublished for good reason. The best known of the contributors, Pete Hamill, falls flat with the tale of an author returning to the old neighborhood to confront the "goil" he left behind in "The Book Signing." Norman Kelley wanders the gritty side of the borough in the gender-bending "The Code." Pearl Abraham explains Hasidic intricacies in "Hasidic Noir." Arthur Nersesian resolves an Internet stalking in a brownstone house of horror in "Hunter/Trapper." The saddest story, Ellen Miller's "Practicing," focuses on jumping off Canarsie Pier, climbing a bridge, and what amounts to child endangerment. Several cop partners do each other in, none of the variations noteworthy except for their detailed knowledge of Brooklyn street names-except perhaps for editor McLoughlin's final twisted coup de grace in "When All This Was Bay Ridge." The most original story is "Fade to . . . Brooklyn," Ken Bruen's brutal tale of an idealized tourist in Galway. Most readers will turn with relief from these unappealing looks at Brooklyn byways and stereotypes back to Manhattan or Cedar Rapids.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781888451580
Publisher:
Akashic Books
Publication date:
07/01/2004
Series:
Akashic Noir Series
Pages:
300
Sales rank:
738,348
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Read an Excerpt

Excerpt of The Book Signing by Pete Hamill
(Park Slope)

Carmody came up from the subway before dusk, and his eyeglasses fogged in the sudden cold. He lifted them off his nose, holding them while they cooled, and saw his own face smiling from a pale green leaflet taped to the wall. There he was, in a six-year-old photograph, and the words Reading and Book Signing and the date and place, and he paused for a moment, shivering in the hard wind. The subway was his idea. The publisher could have sent him to Brooklyn in a limousine, but he wanted to go to the old neighborhood the way he always did, long ago. He might, after all, never come this way again.

The subway stairs seemed steeper than he remembered and he felt twinges in his knees that he never felt in California. Sharp little needles of pain, like rumors of mortality. He didn't feel these pains after tennis, or even after speed-walking along the Malibu roads. But the pain was there now, and was not eased by the weather. The wind was blowing fiercely from the harbor, which lay off in the darkness to his right, and he donned his glasses again and used both gloved hands to pull his brown fedora more securely to his brow. His watch told him that he had more than a half hour to get to the bookstore. Just as he had hoped. He'd have some time for a visit, but not too much time. He crossed the street with his back to the place where the bookstore awaited him, and passed along the avenue where he once was young.

His own aging face peered at him from the leaflets as he passed, some pasted on walls, others taped inside the windows of shops. In a way, he thought, they looked like Wanted posters. He felt a sudden . . . what was the word? Not fear. Certainly not panic. Unease. That was the word. An uneasiness in the stomach. A flexing and then relaxing of muscles, an unwilled release of liquids or acids, all those secret wordless messages that in California were cured by the beach and the surf or a quick hit of Maalox. He told himself to stop. This was no drama. It was just a trip through a few streets where once he had lived but had not seen for decades. After seventeen novels, this would be his first signing in the borough that had formed him. But the leaflets made clear that here, in this neighborhood, his appearance might be some kind of big deal. It might draw many people. And Carmody felt apprehensive, nervous, wormy with unease.

What People are saying about this

Tim Cockey
You want real? Leave the white collar at home and come to Brooklyn. The stories in this astonishingly diverse collection will pull you out onto the street, maybe even rough you up a little. And you'll love it. Edgy, sly, and at times downright eye-popping, Brooklyn Noir takes you on an ultra-cool walking tour of NYC's hippest borough.
author of Backstabber
Laura Lippman
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.
winner of the Edgar, Shamus, and Agatha awards

Meet the Author

Tim McLoughlin was born and raised in Brooklyn. His debut novel, Heart of the Old Country (Akashic), was hailed as reminiscent of James T. Farrell's Studs Lonigan and George Orwell's Down and Out in Paris. He was editor of Brooklyn Noir, first in the Akashic Noir Series, as well as Brooklyn Noir 2 and Brooklyn Noir 3.

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A fun book, especially if you know Brooklyn. I enjoyed all of the stories and the fact that some of them reminded me that not all murders involve a corpse. Love can be strangled slowly , hope can be extinguished and the desire to forgive can be hacked into little pieces and buried.
readswhiledoingcardio More than 1 year ago
I Loved this book! Some of the stories I didn't find that entertaining. However interms of finding out information about different cultures in Brooklyn through fiction became the best part. I have lived in Brooklyn most of my life and still can't find my way around the entire borough (thank goodness for the invention of GPS!) It's one thing to be able to find yourself around directionally, but it's to navigate through the cultural differences and idiosyncracies, which make "Brooklyn Noir" more than just fiction. It's history. If you love the borough, read this book. nb
Guest More than 1 year ago
An absolutely superb read! Not my genre or interest by any means, but I love this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr. McLoughlin's second book is bound to outsell his first. Why? He has put his heart into this book. Mr. McLoughlin's book tells it as it is, and it is hard to put the book down. Mr. McLoughlin knows about crime, having worked for many years in the criminal justice system. Run, don't walk, to your local B&N store to get it, or order it online. You won't be let down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is top-rate and totally vivid storytelling. It is also a sexy read for the summer. The stories are by turns gritty, funny and full of Brooklyn spirit especially those by Hamill, Niles and Guerriero. If any of these authors are unknown now, they won't be for long.