The first nonfiction volume in the “superb series” —true crime stories from Bushwick to Borough Park to Brooklyn Heights (The Globe and Mail, Toronto).
The people who brought you the Brooklyn Noir crime-fiction collections return with another talented literary lineup—this time contributing chilling, and sometimes heartbreaking, stories of real-life crimes in this densely populated and diverse borough of New York City.
Brand-new nonfiction 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.
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.