Hipsters are getting slashed to pieces in the hippest neighborhood in New York City: Williamsburg, Brooklyn. As fear and tension rise in the summer heat, police detectives Petrosino and Hadid eye local gangbangers for the crimes. Meanwhile, slacker reporter Tony Moran and his ex-girlfriend Magaly Fernandez pursue a cold case involving an old woman who mysteriously disappeared a year before. But the closer they all get to the truth, the closer they get to losing their heads.
Filled with a broad cast of local characters and told with sardonic wit, this fast-moving, intricately plotted story plays out against a backdrop of rapid gentrification, skyrocketing rents, and class tension, written like only a true native could.
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Advance praise for HIPSTER DEATH RATTLE
“Richie Narvaez has created something that’s been missing from recent fiction: a vivid, loving look at city living from the street view.” — Sara Paretsky, award-winning author of Shell Game
“Narvaez has some brutal points to make about gentrification … that [give] the text a crackling fission you don’t find in a typical mystery.” —Mystery Tribune
“Hipster Death Rattle is a smart piece of work featuring the unlikely yet likeable hero Tony ‘Chino’ Moran. Fierce and funny…with a light touch that masks Narvaez’s biting social commentary.” —Reed Farrel Coleman, New York Times bestselling author of What You Break
“[Narvaez] has one of the most compelling writing styles I’ve come across in years.” —Lawrence Kelter, author of Back to Brooklyn
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A pregnant single mother who becomes a numbers runner in 1970s Brooklyn; an ex-con fighting against insurmountable odds not to kill again; a middle-aged tax lawyer who’s discovered the secret to happiness—at any cost: these are just a few of the hard-luck characters you’ll meet in Roachkiller and Other Stories, the debut collection of short stories from exciting noir writer R. Narvaez. Included are 10 hard-boiled tales, many with a dash of dark humor. Get-rich schemes gone violently awry. A slacker detective far out of his depth. A reformed criminal who can’t get past his killer instincts. The action moves from Brooklyn to Puerto Rico, from the ’70s to the near future, from deadly divorces to homicidal hipsters. Narvaez travels down the dimly lit side streets of noir you’ve never seen before. The short story “Roachkiller,” which appears in this collection, was selected as a Distinguished Mystery Story in Best American Mystery Stories 2008, edited by George Pelecanos.
“Roachkiller is an accomplished debut from an author in full and firm control of his voice.”—Eva Dolan, Crime Factory
“[A]n excellent collection. . . . I could not shake some of the images . . . . The writing is that intense.”—Manuel Ramos, author of King of the Chicanos
“Highly recommended reading for noir fans. . . . Definitely a writer to watch.”—Craig Terlson, author of Correction Line
“An impressive group of entertaining and deep short stories that aren’t your typical crime fare.”—Terrence McCauley, author of Slow Burn
“If there is any justice in the world, [R. Narvaez] should become a giant on the literary noir scene within the next couple of years.”—Anthony Neil Smith, author of Yellow Medicine,
“Hurricane,” A Short Story
A luckless womanizer visiting Puerto Rico for his cousin’s wedding; a dark, beautiful woman who needs a favor; and a rare Indian artifact people would kill to get their hands on—all of it amidst an approaching tropical storm that may be only the beginning of the violence. That’s the story of “Hurricane”—from dynamite noir writer R. Narvaez. (This story was originally published as “Juracán.”)
“R. Narvaez in ‘Juracán’ tells a story set in Puerto Rico among the legends of the Tainos, stolen artifacts, double- and triple-crosses, uneasy justice.” —Manuel Ramos, author of King of the Chicanos
“A classic noir fable about a hapless loser who drives across Puerto Rico during a hurricane to go gambling and wakes up in a field — damp, bloody, and framed for murder.” —Cullen Gallagher, Los Angeles Review of Books
“There is deep symbolism in this [story] that never comes off as pretentious and I enjoyed the flow and the way the characters stayed true to who they were. There were no redeeming moments in this read and that’s what makes it great.” —Tammy Dewhirst, Rabid Readers Review