Synopses & Reviews
Akashic Books continues its award-winning series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir
. This volume presents the first nonfiction collection in the series, curated by acclaimed novelists Tim McLoughlin and Thomas Adcock.
Brand-new stories by: Robert Leuci, Dennis Hawkins, Tim McLoughlin, Thomas Adcock, Errol Louis, Denise Buffa, Patricia Mulcahy, C.J. Sullivan, Reed Farrel Coleman, Aileen Gallagher, Christopher Musella, Kim Sykes, Robert Knightly, Jess Korman, Constance Casey, and Rosemarie Yu.
"There is a difference, as editor, between cheering the literary accomplishment of a fiction writer who has delivered a brilliant story about a serial killer or hit man, and reading the true account, however beautifully written, of a young woman raped, murdered, and forgotten. So this book, though it has its light moments (and thank God for those), is for me the darkest of the Brooklyn Noir series. These pieces remind us that crime is personal. It happens to us and to our neighbors. Sometimes it happens because we do nothing to prevent it. Life does not always offer the moral arc we so desperately crave in fiction. If it did, wed have no need for myths and fables, religion or miracles . . .
"Read this book. Enjoy it. Be horrified by it. Carry it with you always. And the next time youre watching a particularly bizarre and salacious news item on the television set in your neighborhood pub, and the guy on the next stool says, You cant make this shit up,” smack him with it."
--Tim McLoughlin, from the introduction
"In this first nonfiction volume of Akashic's popular Noir Series, Brooklyn's bloody laundry gets a very public airing. Editors McLoughlin (Brooklyn Noir anthologies 1 and 2), and Edgar-winning novelist Adcock compile true crime tales from the borough's near and distant past. From a senseless murder over a bicycle in Prospect Park in Constance Casey's 'A Spring Afternoon in the Meadow, That 'Long, Loud Scream' ' to the Russian mob violence of Fort Greene in Patricia Mulcahy's 'The Body in the Doorway,' the anthology takes readers on a tour of some of Brooklyn's deadliest spots. Though several entries drag on too long, standouts such as Reed Farrel Coleman's Coney Island coming-of-age story 'No Roses for Bubbeh' and New York Post crime reporter C.J. Sullivan's engrossing look at Son of Sam in 'The Brooklyn Bogeyman' more than make up for any slow spots. Fans of Akashic's earlier collections will appreciate this reminder that truth is often more disturbing than fiction. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Forthcoming in the Akashic Noir series: L.A. Noir, edited by Denise Hamilton; Havana Noir, edited by Achy Obejas; Bronx Noir, edited by S.J. Rozan; New Orleans Noir, edited by Julie Smith; Wall Street Noir, edited by Peter Spiegelman; and more
Cultural Writing. Short Stories. True Crime. This volume, edited by acclaimed novelists Tim McLoughlin and Thomas Adcock, presents the first nonfiction collection in Akashic Books' award-winning series of original noir anthologies. "These pieces remind us that crime is personal. It happens to us and to our neighbors. Sometimes it happens because we do nothing to prevent it. Life does not always offer the moral arc we so desperately crave in fiction. If it did, we'd have no need for myths and fables, religion or miracles..." - Tim McLoughlin, from the introduction. Featuring brand-new stories by: Robert Leuci, Dennis Hawkins, Tim McLoughlin, Thomas Adcock, Errol Louis, Denise Buffa, Patricia Mulcahy, C.J. Sullivan, Reed Farrel Coleman, Aileen Gallagher, Christopher Musella, Kim Sykes, Robert Knightly, Jess Korman, Constance Casey, and Rosemarie Yu.
Overshadowed by the myth of Manhattan manufactured by film and television, Brooklyn is every bit as mysterious, raffish, artistic, and violent.
Features brand-new true-crime stories by Robert Leuci, Dennis R. Hawkins, Adam Mansbach, Errol Louis, Denise Buff a, C.J. Sullivan, Reed Farrel Coleman, Thane Rosenbaum, Aileen Gallagher, and more.
Brooklyn Noir is back, this time with a true-crime vengeance.
About 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. An Edgar Award-winning novelist, Thomas Adcock is a veteran newspaper and magazine journalist. He divides his time between a Manhattan apartment and an eighteenth-century farmhouse in upstate New York.