By Otto Penzler
“Well worthy its awesome weight in gold, it'd be a criminal offense to not have this seminal masterpiece on your collection.”—New York magazine of Books
In his creation to The most sensible American Noir of the Century, James Ellroy writes, “Noir is the main scrutinized offshoot of the hard-boiled university of fiction. It’s the lengthy drop off the fast pier and the incorrect guy and the incorrect girl in ideal misalliance. It’s the nightmare of fallacious souls with monstrous desires and the ideal how and why of the best-ever yes factor that is going bad.” providing the simplest examples of literary convinced issues long gone undesirable, this assortment guarantees that nowhere else can readers discover a darker, extra thorough distillation of yank noir fiction.
James Ellroy and Otto Penzler mined writings of the earlier century to discover this treasure trove of thirty-nine tales. From noir’s twenties-era infancy come gemstones like James M. Cain’s “Pastorale,” and its postwar heyday boasts giants like Mickey Spillane and Evan Hunter. Packing an indisputable punch, diversified modern incarnations contain Elmore Leonard, Patricia Highsmith, Joyce Carol Oates, Dennis Lehane, and William homosexual, with many page-turners showing from the earlier decade.
“Delightfully devilish . . . an odd trek over the years that comes with tales from family names within the hard-boiled style to lesser-known authors who still can carry their very own with the legends.”—Associated Press
James Ellroy is the writer of the Underworld U.S.A. trilogy—American Tabloid, The chilly Six Thousand, and Blood’s a Rover—and the L.A. Quartet novels, The Black Dahlia, The huge Nowhere, L.A. Confidential, and White Jazz. His newest ebook is The Hillicker Curse, a memoir.
Otto Penzler is the founding father of the Mysterious bookstore and Mysterious Press, has received Edgar Allan Poe Awards (most lately for The Lineup), and is sequence editor of The top American secret Stories.
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