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.