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Nominated for the Anthony Award for Best First Novel

"I loved this novel. It may be the most quixotic hard-boiled I've read in ages. With clever nods to Chandler (including giving Ash a fedora) and lots of muscular metaphors ("The two of them looked at me like I'm calculus"), Hart has written an achingly lovely farewell to one man's past."
—Carole Barrowman, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

“Now that even farthest Brooklyn has yuppie bankers all up in its business, it’s nice to be reminded that this city still has places only the dead and Rob Hart know. The New York of New Yorked is a place of heartbreak and murder I highly recommend you visit.”  —Josh Bazell, New York Times bestselling author of Beat the Reaper

“Ash McKenna is a noir hero with a difference…He establishes his Hammett-Chandler bloodline at once…good action scenes, nice offbeat characters, but what lingers is the swoony dialogue…Noir with a tingle of doomed but sweet romance.”

“Edgy…relentless pacing and strong sense of place.”
Publishers Weekly

 "Apparently an adept at the noir genre somehow created the literary version of The Warriors. I have never savored so many seeds in a 'seedy underbelly,' and when Hart finishes his next book, I am buying it instantly."
—Lyndsay Faye, Edgar Award-nominated author of
The Gods of Gotham

“A masterful debut… this is a book that sticks with you.” —CrimeSpree Magazine

"One part Dennis Lehane, one part Lee Child, and one part pure Rob Hart, New Yorked is a dark, gritty love story to its eponymous city, and to one lost girl, which blends both mystery and romance while turning the two genres into something altogether new."
—Jenny Milchman, Mary Higgins Clark award-winning author of Cover of Snow and Ruin Falls

"In Rob Hart's urban picaresque, New York is a verb, and the chase is on. You won't be able to turn the pages fast enough. Add an epic love story to the mix and an insider's cunning wit, and you'll be panting breathlessly, waiting for whatever Hart cooks up next." —Suzy Vitello, author of The Moment Before and The Empress Chronicles

New Yorked, Rob Hart’s debut novel, brings New York to life with the skill of a seasoned author in full possession of his craft; the voice raw, the prose stripped down, and a story that hits you like a sucker punch to the guts before you turn the first page.”
—Matthew McBride, author of A Swollen Red Sun

"Most cities are nouns; New York's a verb."
—John F. Kennedy, quoted in Native's Guide to New York

Ashley McKenna is a blunt instrument. Find someone, scare someone, carry something; point him at the job, he gets it done. He generally accepts money upon completion, though a bottle of whiskey works, too--he's comfortable working on a barter system. It's not the career he dreamed about (archeologist) but it keeps him comfortable in his ever-changing East Village neighborhood.

That's until Chell, the woman he loves, leaves him a voicemail looking for help--a voicemail he gets two hours after her body is found. Ash hunts for her killer with the grace of a wrecking ball, running afoul of a drag queen crime lord and stumbling into a hard-boiled role playing game that might be connected to a hipster turf war.

Along the way, he's forced to face the memories of his tumultuous relationship with Chell, his unresolved anger over his father’s death, and the consequences of his own violent tendencies.

NEW YORKED takes you deep into the seedy underbelly of New York with an unforgettable literary voice steeped in the classic noir tradition, and a glimpse at a city disappearing right before our very eyes.


Rob Hart

Publication Date: June 9th, 2015

Trade Paperback • 5.5" x 8.5" • 304 pages • $14.95 • 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN: 978-1-940610-40-5
eISBN: 978-1-940610-43-6