Launched by the summer ’04 award-winning best-seller Brooklyn Noir, Akashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies. Each book is comprised of all-new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the city of the book. This volume presents the first nonfiction collection in the series, curated by acclaimed novelists Tim McLoughlin and Thomas Adcock.
Brand-new true-crime stories by: Robert Leuci, Dennis R. Hawkins, Tim McLoughlin, Thomas Adcock, Errol Louis, Denise Buffa, CJ Sullivan, Kim Sykes, Reed Farrel Coleman, Patricia Mulcahy, Aileen Gallagher, Christopher Musella, Robert Knightly, Jess Korman, Constance Casey, and Rosemarie Yu.
From the introduction by Tim McLoughlin:
“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, we’d 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 you’re 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 can’t make this shit up,’ smack him with it.”