Fifteen Shades of Noir

GCNoir“Timetable for Crime” is my latest story, in the just-published Grand Central Noir, a collection of crime fiction celebrating a century of Grand Central Terminal’s glory. Besides reading the stories, everybody’s invited to roam once again through this amazing American palace on 42nd Street. One hundred years old. 1913-2013.

In “Timetable for Crime,” my cold-hearted siren is Jersey girl Rayette Debs, who scouts out the Terminal’s darkest, most seductively secret location to wreak her villainy. Right. My breed of noir features a femme fatale, one of those alluring hussies who beguiles a lovable sweet guy to his doom. But noir comes in many hues, and Grand Central Noir offers 15 variations on perps, suspects, victims, derelicts and corpses.

The book’s editor, Terrence P. McCauley, seasoned author of several new hardboiled classics in a nostalgic mode, wraps up the anthology with his own yarn, “Grand Central: Terminal,” launching it in style: “James Hicks hadn’t planned on killing anyone that morning. In fact, his schedule was pretty light.”

R.J. Westerhoff’s “Without a Hitch” is twisty with ironies. A gallery theft kicks off the action, and the crime will brutally touch the life of an ex-con many miles away.

A thug in “Lost Property” by I.A. Watson grabs the baggage-check girl and presses a gun to her cheek. Who knows what he wants?

“Spice” by Galway-born Seamus Scanlon, writing in a rich Celtic-flavored lingo, spins an Irishman’s exploits on arriving in New York, making it to Grand Central and boarding the Hudson line where he meets a girl who might be dangerous to know.

Jen Conley recounts the lively mishaps of “Mary Mulligan.” Famished, broke, hoping to dine at the Oyster Bar with a man too old for her who’s rich and drunk, Mary goes home with him. By the evening’s end she could be in bad trouble,

“Train to Nowhere” co-authored by Charles Salzberg and Jessica Hall, introduces a narrator/investigator hired to find a missing Vietnam veteran who’s left an intriguing relic–in Grand Central. The upshot is chilling.

Grand Central Noir follows a time-honored American tradition of connecting Grand Central Terminal with crime stories. An early mystery by Sue MacVeigh, Grand Central Murder (1941), was made into a movie starring Van Heflin and Patricia Dane. Years afterward, Slater McGurk came out with The Grand Central Murders (1964).

Readers can buy Grand Central Noir for their Kindles for just $2.99. All proceeds are donated to an organization to benefit the city’s homeless. Buy it at Amazon.

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