Hardboiled Brooklyn, an all-original anthology edited by Reed Farrel Coleman, offers 17 noirish tales by such notable crime authors as Jason Starr, S.J. Rozan, Jim Fusilli, Peter Spiegelman and Peter Blauner. Fans of Akashic's similarly themed Brooklyn Noir should be thrilled. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
These 17 original stories by writers with a past or present connection to Brooklyn (including three also represented in Baltimore Noir above) are indeed hard-boiled. Several have children as perpetrators, victims, or horrified onlookers, which makes the collection particularly dark. In Robert Randisi's "The Bocce Ball King of Farragut Road," a five-year-old witnesses a brutal mob murder. The violent side of women, often out for retribution, also is amply on display. However, S.J. Rozan's "Sunset" is more clever than dark; in it, no one dies. Other authors include Peter Blauner, Charlie Stella, Jim Fusilli, Naomi Rand, and Ken Bruen. A worthy competitor to Akashic's Brooklyn Noir titles, this will be relished by readers with a taste for the dark. For collections where gritty crime fiction is popular. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.