Take-Out: And Other Tales of Culinary Crime

Rob Hart (Author)


Rob Hart has firmly established himself as one of the best crime writers of his generation with his acclaimed Ash McKenna series, and in TAKE-OUT Hart has collected 16 stories of culinary crime and noir that will have you savoring every deadly bite. In the title story, a gambler falls into debt with the enigmatic owner of a Chinatown gambling parlor, and must run odd--and sometimes dangerous--deliveries to clear his ledger. In "How to Make the Perfect New York Bagel," the owner of one of New York City's last old-school bagel shops has to defend his storefront--in the past, from the mob, and in the present, from a bank. In "Creampuff," a bakery with the hottest pastry in town has to hire a bouncer to control the unruly line, with tragic results. In these stories and more, some never before published, Rob Hart explores the enticing and dangerous intersection where food and hospitality cross paths with crime and noir. Some stories are funny. Some of are dark. But each one will leaving you wanting another bite.

Product Details

$16.00  $14.72
Polis Books
Publish Date
January 15, 2019
5.5 X 0.8 X 8.4 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

Rob Hart is the author of five acclaimed Ash McKenna novels: NEW YORKED, CITY OF ROSE, SOUTH VILLAGE, THE WOMAN FROM PRAGUE, and POTTER'S FIELD. His short stories have appeared in publications like Shotgun Honey, Thuglit, Needle, Helix Literary Magazine, and Joyland. He has received both a Derringer Award nomination and made multiple appearances in Best American Mystery Stories. His non-fiction articles have been featured at LitReactor, Salon, The Daily Beast, The Good Men Project, Birth.Movies.Death., the Powell's bookstore blog, and Nailed. He lives in New York City. Find him online at @robwhart and www.robwhart.com.


Praise for TAKE-OUT "Hart's first story collection offers 16 winning food-themed tales...The varied settings and story lines effectively showcase his versatility." Publishers Weekly "Hart's magical way with language is still in evidence here...The Gift of the Wiseguy leaves a delightfully bitter aftertaste, and Foodies will deliver a special jolt to anyone who's read Stanley Ellin's The Specialty of the House...Keep paying attention to Hart." Booklist "A superb series of tight, visceral experiences for those with strong stomachs who love to read dangerously." ―Bookreporter "A delicious collection of entertaining stories that will keep any reader asking for seconds." ―Criminal Element Praise for the novels of Rob Hart "Brings the series to a satisfying close...gripping action sequences...Hart has a fine command of wiseguy comments, a modern take on the noir crime idiom, and enough vulnerability in his protagonist to make the reader sorry to see the last of Ash." ―Publishers Weekly on POTTER'S FIELD "Stunning...If you're not reading Rob Hart's stuff, you should be. A gripping thriller that wraps up one of the genre's most underrated series." ―The Real Book Spy on POTTER'S FIELD "THE WOMAN FROM PRAGUE keeps you hooked with its fast-paced story set in the treacheries and terrors of our post-9/11 world." ―James Grady, author of SIX DAYS OF THE CONDOR "One of the best books of the summer...The Woman From Prague has great pace, a fascinating relationship between the central characters, and superb atmosphere." ―Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) on THE WOMAN FROM PRAGUE "A hot summer read." ―The Boston Globe on THE WOMAN FROM PRAGUE "A spy thriller in all the genre's old school glory." ―Booklist on THE WOMAN FROM PRAGUE "One of the best mysteries of the year." ―Boston Globe on SOUTH VILLAGE "Excellent." ―Seattle Review of Books on SOUTH VILLAGE "Terrifically written, and populated with rich characters, this book had me by the throat from page one." ―Chelsea Cain, New York Times bestselling author of ONE KICK and HEARTSICK on CITY OF ROSE "Brilliant...CITY OF ROSE, Rob Hart's latest Ash McKenna novel, is as sharp as the devil himself. Hart is a master storyteller who can make a city into just as vital as any flesh and blood character." ―Brian Panowich, author of BULL MOUNTAIN "Well executed and strikes an appealing balance, rough without being sadistic, gritty without being sordid. ...an engaging read...characterized by Hart's quick and witty turns of phrase." ―Kirkus Reviews "The New York of NEW YORKED is a place of heartbreak and murder that I highly recommend you visit." ―Josh Bazell, author of BEAT THE REAPER "Outstanding...I loved NEW YORKED. It may be the most quixotic hard-boiled I've read in ages. With clever nods to Chandler and lots of muscular metaphors, Hart has written an achingly lovely farewell to one man's past." ―Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel "(Hart is) a hard-boiled crime novelist in the vein of greats like Dashiell Hammett and James M. Cain, not to mention modern masters like Lawrence Block and Dennis Lehane." ―Staten Island Advance