"BONUS: New York's fifth borough finally enters the Noir Series arena, completing the series tour of the world's noirest city. This e-book includes each editor's story from the first four volumes: Brooklyn Noir (Tim McLoughlin), Manhattan Noir (Lawrence Block), Bronx Noir (S.J. Rozan) and Queens Noir (Robert Knighly). Featuring Brand-new stories by: Bill Loehfelm, S.J. Rozan, Ted Anthony, Todd Craig, Ashley Dawson, Bruce DeSilva, Louisa Ermelino, Binnie Kirshenbaum, Michael Largo, Mike Penncavage, Linda Nieves-Powell, Edward Joyce, and Shay Youngblood, and Patricia Smith. Launched with the summer '04 award-winning best seller Brooklyn Noir, Akashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies. Each book is comprised of all-new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the geographical area of the book. ASK ANY RESIDENT OF NEW YORK CITY to name the five boroughs and they'll rattle off four with no problem whatsoever, hesitating and scrunching their countenance before Staten Island occurs to them-if, indeed, it occurs to them at all. To them, it's that tiny claustrophobic place where everybody knows everybody else's business and the breezes that blast through drape everything in the stink of landfill. It's dim and industrial, populated by swaggering Jersey Shore wannabes and residents who spend most of their time aspiring to be elsewhere. The "forgotten borough," is not only routinely forgotten-it's misunderstood, mocked, dismissed, maligned, ridiculed, belittled, and scorned. While this probably causes the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce no end of frustration, it makes the island the perfect haven for mayhem, mischief, and murder. If people can't even remember that the place exists, what better haven for noir? What better place to stash a stiff? THESE STORIES--FROM B-BOYS AND SI NATIVES to Edgar Award-winners-bring Staten Island front and center as a borough that's bellowing and boisterous and insisting on identity. Staten Island may be the last New York borough to be represented in the Noir Series, but that's only because no one knows it. This introduction will be intriguing, addictive, and not totally comfortable. PATRICIA SMITH is the author of six acclaimed poetry volumes, including Blood Dazzler, a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award, and Teahouse of the Almighty, a National Poetry Series selection. Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah was published by Coffee House Press in the spring of 2012. Her work has been published in Poetry, the Paris Review, Tin House, TriQuarterly, and other literary journals and anthologies, including the 2011 editions of both Best American Poetry and Best American Essays. In addition to her poetic works, Smith is also the author of Africans in America, a companion volume to the groundbreaking PBS documentary, and the children's book Janna and the Kings, which won Lee & Low Books' New Voices Award. She is currently is a professor at the City University of New York's College of Staten Island, and serves on the faculties of Cave Canem and the MFA programs at Stonecoast/University of Southern Maine and Sierra Nevada College."-- Provided by publisher.