Brooklyn Noir by Tim McLoughlin

Brooklyn Noir

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 N...

Details Brooklyn Noir

TitleBrooklyn Noir
Release DateJul 1st, 2004
PublisherAkashic Books
GenreFiction, Short Stories, Mystery, Noir, Crime, Anthologies, New York, Detective, Literature, American

Reviews Brooklyn Noir

  • Shawn
    I am intrigued by Akashic Books Noir series - the central idea, location-based crime anthologies, appeals on a general level (sense of place captured in writing styles), an organizational level (new cities! how will they differ?), a structural level (anthologies are a favorite of mine, although anthologies of contemporary writers, and themed anthologies less so - but more on that anon) and on a "broadening-my-horizons" level (I am an avid reader ...
  • Abbey
    BOTTOM LINE: One of the earliest of the acclaimed series of anthologies. A nice mix of regular PI stories and moody melodrama, salted with bits of neighborhood color; has little gloss but a good deal of emotion. Stories by: Pearl Abraham, “Hasidic Noir”— a bit too much ethnic info, not enough noir but good characters and tricky plotNicole Blackman, “Dumped”— devilishly fine revenge taleKen Bruen, “Fade to... Brooklyn”— several k...
  • Andrea
    This collection was especially good compared to the others in the Akashic Noir series. Nice variety of contributors and stories.
  • Lucile Barker
    61. Brooklyn Noir edited by Tim McLaughlin I have to read the next two Brooklyn Noirs now. A great selection of stories by a very diverse set of authors. From Hasidic Jews, nasty Russians, spurned women out for revenge, good fellas and Irish guys who want to be in Brooklyn, there is something for everyone. As someone who loves Brooklyn and almost moved there, I have a big space in my heart for the borough. Some of these start with the standard pr...
  • Sam
    Maggie Estep crushes! And the rest of them, a solid sharp collection.
  • William Prystauk
    I inadvertently went from reading Selby’s “Last Exit” to this collection of short stories. Unfortunately, I don’t think any author truly captured the essence of Brooklyn. The tales could have come from just about any major city.The stories ranged from first to third person and each tale was consistent with narrative. Although all of the stories were good, three truly stood out for me.Ellen Miller’s “Practicing” was beautifully writt...
  • Cari
    I'm giving up on this book of short stories. Perhaps some day I will return to read basically the second half (note to future self - you stopped on page 195 - beginning of part III). I gave the book 2 stars because of the couple of stories I liked (see below). It only got 2 starts because of the last story I read: The Code by Norman Kelley. This story about a murderous, misogynistic (not a strong enough word) rapper ends (I guess this is a spoile...
  • Paul
    Interesting Collection of Stories
  • Walt Giersbach
    I was lucky to have been given this collection by a resident of Dumbo who knows my affinity for Pete Hamill and all of the colossus called New York City. And I wasn't disappointed. However, even if a few dead people turn up or murders are attempted in these stories, the book is less about mayhem and more a reflection of the grittier side of life.The Noir Series is a clever hook on which to hang collections--though I don't know who'd be interested...
  • Judy
    The stories in this collection have several common, though not universal threads. Lots of trash-talk; lots of highly imaginative sex, nearly all of it from the perspective of the men, most of whom seem to care nothing about the women, other than about the sex; lots of drugs, drug dealers, drinking; lots of crime, more than a few cops and other law enforcers, some of whom are also criminals; lots of reversals (surprise!) at the ends of sordid tale...
  • Marie Michaels
    Definitely a solid collection, but some of the stories sort of blend together. There are some winners here (come on, Hasidic noir!) and some that just left me deflated. One of the things I admire about noir is how sudden upsets in the story can come at you like a cruel left hook even as everything falls into place, and I think it was this deftness that was lacking in some of these stories. This should have been something I loved (Brooklyn! noir!)...
  • Beverly
    This is the second "noir" book that I've read from the series and I really enjoyed both. Although I think someone that lives in the designated area might enjoy the stories more (I love reading books that are set somewhere and I recognize places that are mentioned), this is certainly not a prerequisite for enjoying them. The basic idea is that each author included is given a particular area in the named city and they are then to write a short stor...
  • Michelle
    Didn't read every story because was disgusted by the language and topics. The stories were not suspenseful or enjoyable; most of the time they were just confusing or boring. I cared little for the character as there was little character development, even for the short story genre. The language was filled with swear words and crudity. One story seemed more a story about a father-daughter relationship, but there was little mystery to it. In the end...
  • Julia Taylor-Golbey
    Once the style of narrative meant to display all that is warped and wrong about society (READ: the Great Satan that is American ideology)at the end of WWII, noir is no longer the domain of seedy '40's era Los Angeles or New York. However, noir does have a defined voice; a parameter that is pretty strict. Just because a behavior is lurid does not make it noir. Nope. It's just depraved behavior.
  • Alex Rogers
    I've enjoyed a couple of the "Noir" city series - and this one has enough in the way of good writing to make up for quite a few duds. Perhaps Vegas and Boston noir worked better, as there is less to romanticise about those cities, or perhaps just less has been written about them so the danger of falling into cliche is less - two faults glaringly apparent in this collection. But there were some gems, and on the whole the book is enjoyable.
  • Monica
    There are so many wonderful writers in Brooklyn, that I'm unsure why the stories chosen here are so poorly edited. I think it may be a problem with the series as a whole, as I also read New Orleans Noir and disliked that as well. I should also note: it is very, very complicated to make a book about New Orleans that I don't enjoy, but Akashic Books seemed to manage it.
  • Michael
    Brooklyn Noir is a great commuting book. Some of the stories were excellent, and a few were a bit of a struggle to get through. I may try to edit this in the future to list the stories I really liked. Overall, I liked it as my first real trip into hard-boiled fiction. I would recommend it to anyone who is familiar with Brooklyn, as it highlights the many different neighborhoods. I will likely add Brooklyn Noir 2 & 3 to my to-read list.
  • Aditi
    This book was a collection of short stories written from an interesting lense. I found it very hard to understand what the point was of each story until close to the end when I became used to the stylistics. It basically showed a snapshot into the life behind the preconceived glamor of individuals living in brooklyn.
  • Victor Caamaño
    A great anthology of stories. Some of the tales fell flat, maybe a matter of taste. Some brought back the smells and sounds of Brighton Beach, Sunset Park and Park Slope. Not reading for the faint of heart, many moments of graphic sex and violence. Worth reading, certainly covers the hopeless, seamy side of life.
  • Emily
    I love short stories. These were some of the worst I've ever read. One read like an advertisement for Carmine's Restaurant on the Upper West Side. Most of them read like a bad Tarantino rip offs without the style or wit.
  • Keith
    A good collection of mini mysteries, some of them were almost unreadable but many, I'd say 60% of of them, were amazing.
  • Emily
    A couple of gems are in this collection-- I like the ones by McLoughlin and Hamill especially.
  • Armand
    Another great edition in this awesome series. I loved it, just like all the others.
  • M. Newman
    An excellent anthology of noir fiction, set in Brooklyn by authors including Pete Hamill, Maggie Estep, Neal Pollack, Pearl Abraham and others.
  • Antonella
    If you enjoy noir, I highly recommend picking up this anthology.
  • Ben Arzate
    A few forgettable stories, but very enjoyable overall. Be aware, this collection defines "noir" pretty broadly.
  • Caroline
    Brooklyn + Noir = Two of my favorite things.
  • Valerie
    Excellent gritty, raw and interesting stories about Ralph Cramden's urban home. Many of the tales have a nice twist. I found all but one-Practicing by Ellen Miller- well worth the read.
  • Zane
    Neighborhood specific noir stories, edited by the city. Some hit or miss, but worth it for the better stories.