Jewish Noir II: Tales of Crime and Other Dark Deeds

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    Kenneth Wishnia, Chantelle Aimée Osman (eds.)

    Publisher: PM Press

    Year: 2022

    Format: Paperback

    Size: 400 pages

    ISBN: 9781629638225

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"This second volume of Jewish Noir brings together an all-new collection of twenty-three stories from literary and genre authors from across the globe--Jewish and non-Jewish alike--exploring both the light and dark sides of the religion and culture. In addition to overall themes of hope and fear during this time of rising anti-Semitism in the US and abroad, the stories explore such issues as the Jewish support of the civil rights movement, the enduring legacy of negative stereotypes, the history of prejudice, assimilation, and questions of regional, national, and ethnic identity in stories that range from the fantastical to the all-too-real.

Featuring works from notable authors: Gabriela Alemán, Doug Allyn, Jill D. Block, Craig Faustus Buck, Jen Conley, D.M. Evans, Robin Hemley, Ellen Kirschman, Rita Lakin, Joy Mahabir, Jeff Markowitz, Zoe Quinton, Eileen Rendahl, Rabbi Ilene Schneider, Terry Shames, A.J. Sidransky, Lizzie Skurnick, E.J. Wagner, Kenneth Wishnia, Steven Wishnia, Xu Xi 許素細, Elizabeth Zelvin, and Yigal Zur.

What People Are Saying

“Some seriously good stuff here… this goy loved it.” Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“[Wishnia writes for] a diverse audience of intelligent readers. . . . I eagerly await his next venture into any period of Jewish history.” Jewish Book World

“Jewish Noir will dazzle crime fiction readers of every variety.” Jenny Milchman, USA Today bestselling author of As Night Falls

“A little angst, some healthy cynicism, a touch of guilt, a few wisecracks and some very good stories. What else were you expecting?” Michael Moorcock, author of Mother London

“A hearty mazel tov to the ingenious team who created and assembled this vivid and wide-ranging collection.” Linda Barnes, author of The Perfect Ghost

“This superior follow-up to 2015’s Jewish Noir showcase a wide range of settings and plots linked by Jewish characters and themes. The judiciously chosen selections will make fans of quality short crime fiction hope for a third volume.” Publishers Weekly

“A set of stories touching on Jewish identity, religion, and history. Standouts include Steven Wishnia, Joy Mahabir, and Rita Lakin.” Library Journal

“A brilliantly edited collection that had me reading ‘just one more.’” Heidi Slowinski, author of The House on Maple Street

About the Contributors

Kenneth Wishnia’s novels include 23 Shades of Black, an Edgar Allan Poe Award and Anthony Award finalist; Soft Money, a Library Journal Best Mystery of the Year; Red House, a Washington Post “Rave” Book of the Year; and The Fifth Servant, an Indie Notable selection, a Jewish Press Best Mystery of the Year, winner of a Premio Letterario ADEI-WIZO, and a finalist for the Sue Feder Memorial Historical Mystery Award. His short stories have appeared in publications such as Ellery Queen, Alfred Hitchcock, Queens Noir, Long Island Noir, Send My Love and a Molotov Cocktail!, and Denim, Diamonds and Death. He edited the Anthony Award–nominated anthology Jewish Noir for PM Press. He teaches writing, literature, and other deviant forms of thought at Suffolk Community College on Long Island.

Chantelle Aimée Osman is the editor of Agora, an imprint of Polis Books. Agora focuses on crime novels that delve into the most important issues of our time—exploring society, economy, politics, culture, race, and gender in unique and different ways—from a roster of diverse authors from varying backgrounds. The former Editor-in-Chief of RT Book Reviews magazine and a freelance editor for over 10 years, she also is an instructor at the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, Authors at Large, and LitReactor. Chantelle is the author of the non-fiction series on writing The Quick and Dirty Guides To… and has also published numerous works of short fiction in addition to serving as editor for several anthologies. Find her online at and on Twitter @SuspenseSiren.

Lawrence Block has been writing crime, mystery and suspense fiction for more than half a century. He has published in excess of 100 books and no end of short stories. He apprenticed under various pseudonyms in the late 1950s; the first time his name appeared in print was for his short story, “You Can’t Lose,” in Manhunt (Feb. 1958), and the first book published under his own name was Mona (1961), reprinted by Hard Case Crime under the author’s original title, Grifter’s Game (2005). Block is best known for his series characters, including cop-turned-PI Matthew Scudder, gentleman burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr, globe-trotting insomniac Evan Tanner, and introspective assassin Keller. Block is a Grand Master of Mystery Writers of America, and a past president of MWA and the Private Eye Writers of America. He has won the Edgar and Shamus awards four times each, and the Japanese Maltese Falcon award twice, as well as the Nero Wolfe and Philip Marlowe awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Private Eye Writers of America, and the Diamond Dagger for Life Achievement from the Crime Writers Association (UK). He’s also been honored with the Gumshoe Lifetime Achievement Award from Mystery Ink magazine and the Edward D. Hoch Memorial Golden Derringer for Lifetime Achievement in the short story. In France, he has been proclaimed a Grand Maître du Roman Noir and has twice been awarded the Société 813 trophy. He has been a guest of honor at Bouchercon and at book fairs and mystery festivals in France, Germany, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, Spain and Taiwan. As if that were not enough, he was also presented with the key to the city of Muncie, Indiana. (But as soon as he left, they changed the locks.)

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