New York’s punchiest borough asserts its criminal legacy with all 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. Each contributor presents a brand new story set in a distinct neighborhood.
Brooklyn Noir mixes masters of the mystery genre with the best of New York’s literary fiction communityand, of course, leaves room for new blood. These brilliant and chilling stories see crime striking in communities of Russians, Jamaicans, Hasidic Jews, Puerto Ricans, Italians, Irish and many other ethnicitiesin the most diverse urban location on the planet.
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.
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
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Excerpt of The Book Signing by Pete Hamill
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.
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What People are Saying About This
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
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
winner of the Edgar, Shamus, and Agatha awards
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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
An absolutely superb read! Not my genre or interest by any means, but I love this book!
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.
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.