"This anthology is a collection of stories from all around New Jersey and is a representation of the richness of experiences with a twist: It's not all glass skyscrapers and clouds. This anthology gives voice to stories that don't make polite society, as most of us urban Jersey kids wouldn't. It's a thrilling read that brings shadows to life."
—Susan Justiniano, included in NPRs Book Picks for All 50 States
"It was inevitable that this fine noir series would reach New Jersey. It took longer than some readers might have wanted, but, oh boy, was it worth the wait . . . More than most of the entries in the series, this volume is about mood and atmosphere more than it is about plot and character . . . It should go without saying that regular readers of the noir series will seek this one out, but beyond that, the book also serves as a very good introduction to what is a popular but often misunderstood term and style of writing."
—Booklist, Starred Review
"A lovingly collected assortment of tales and poems that range from the disturbing to the darkly humorous."
Featuring brand-new stories (and a few poems) by: Joyce Carol Oates, Jonathan Safran Foer, Robert Pinsky, Edmund White & Michael Carroll, Richard Burgin, Paul Muldoon, Sheila Kohler, C.K. Williams, Gerald Stern, Lou Manfredo, S.A. Solomon, Bradford Morrow, Jonathan Santlofer, Jeffrey Ford, S.J. Rozan, Barry N. Malzberg & Bill Pronzini, Hirsh Sawhney, and Robert Arellano.
From the introduction by Joyce Carol Oates:
". . . The most civilized and 'decent' among us find that we are complicit with the most brutal murderers. We enter into literally unspeakable alliances—of which we dare not speak except through the obliquities and indirections of fiction, poetry, and visual art of the sort gathered here in New Jersey Noir."
Table of Contents
Part I: Inner-City New Jersey
“Live for Today” by S.A. Solomon (University Heights, Newark)
“Soul Anatomy” by Lou Manfredo (Whitman Park, Camden)
“New Day Newark” by S.J. Rozan (Central Ward, Newark)
“Newark Black: 1940-1954” by C.K. Williams (Vailsburg, Newark)
Part II: Romance & Nostalgia
“Lola” by Jonathan Santlofer (Hoboken)
“The Enigma of Grover’s Mill” by Bradford Morrow (Grover’s Mill)
“Broken Glass” by Gerald Stern (Mickle Street, Camden)
“Wunderlich” by Sheila Kohler (Montclair)
“Atlantis” by Richard Burgin (Atlantic City)
“August: Feeding Frenzy” by Alicia Ostriker (Jersey Shore)
Part III: Commerce & Retribution
“A Bag for Nicholas” by Hirsh Sawhney (Jersey City)
“Glass Eels” by Jeffrey Ford (Dividing Creek)
“Meadowlands Spike” by Barry N. Malzberg & Bill Pronzini (Rutherford)
“Kettle Run” by Robert Arellano (Cherry Hill)
“Noir, NJ” by Paul Muldoon (Paramus)
Part IV: Garden State Underground
“Too Near Real” by Jonathan Safran Foer (Princeton)
“Excavation” by Edmund White & Michael Carroll (Asbury Park)
“Long Branch Underground” by Robert Pinsky (Long Branch)
“Run Kiss Daddy” by Joyce Carol Oates (Kittatinny Mountains)