From the publisher's website:
"Mean Streets takes the best (and bleakest) aspects of film noir, presenting them in a concept with which to role-play cynical private eyes, unscrupulous gangsters, and dangerous femme fatales as portrayed in film noir from the '40s and better part of the '50s."
"This complete game contains everything you'll need to role play your favorite film noir! From character archetypes to maps to a comprehensive GM section, it's all here in one place."
"Mean Streets runs on the XPG system, simple roleplaying rules that are unobtrusive and easy to learn, even for the novice player."