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Publisher Comments:

“Well worth its impressive weight in gold, it would be a crime not to have this seminal masterpiece in your collection.”—New York Journal of Books

In his introduction to The Best American Noir of the Century, James Ellroy writes, “Noir is the most scrutinized offshoot of the hard-boiled school of fiction. Its the long drop off the short pier and the wrong man and the wrong woman in perfect misalliance. Its the nightmare of flawed souls with big dreams and the precise how and why of the all-time sure thing that goes bad.” Offering the best examples of literary sure things gone bad, this collection ensures that nowhere else can readers find a darker, more thorough distillation of American noir fiction.

      James Ellroy and Otto Penzler mined writings of the past century to find this treasure trove of thirty-nine stories. From noirs twenties-era infancy come gems like James M. Cains “Pastorale,” and its postwar heyday boasts giants like Mickey Spillane and Evan Hunter. Packing an undeniable punch, diverse contemporary incarnations include Elmore Leonard, Patricia Highsmith, Joyce Carol Oates, Dennis Lehane, and William Gay, with many page-turners appearing from the past decade.

“Delightfully devilish . . . A strange trek through the years that includes stories from household names in the hard-boiled genre to lesser-known authors who nonetheless can hold their own with the legends.”—Associated Press

James Ellroy is the author of the Underworld U.S.A. trilogy—American Tabloid, The Cold Six Thousand, and Bloods a Rover—and the L.A. Quartet novels, The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential, and White Jazz. His most recent book is The Hillicker Curse, a memoir.

Otto Penzler is the founder of the Mysterious Bookshop and Mysterious Press, has won two Edgar Allan Poe Awards (most recently for The Lineup), and is series editor of The Best American Mystery Stories.

Review:

"Let's put it straight, like a fist in the face: this treasure trove of more than 50 stories and novels offers the best value ever for fans of hard-boiled detective fiction. In the pulp magazine Black Mask (1920 — 1951), Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler made their bones, with Erle Stanley Gardner and other heavyweights at their heels. As Penzler (Agents of Treachery) notes in his intros to each selection, an amazing number of these writers moved on to movies and TV. Highlights include the complete The Maltese Falcon, the original version from the pulp, unreprinted for 80 years. (Hammett made a couple of thousand changes for the hardcover novel.) The novel Rainbow Diamonds, featuring Raoul Whitfield's Filipino detective Jo Gar, appears in a book for the first time. The iconic story 'Sail' by Lester 'Doc Savage' Dent shows up in a variant draft, preferred by the author. The only way Penzler can top this one--a bigger book of Black Mask! (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

Synopsis:

Here are 45 of the best stories and the major writers who ever appeared in celebrated pulps like "Black Mask, Dime Detective," and "Detective Fiction Weekly." These are the classic tales that created the genre and gave birth to hard-hitting detectives.

Synopsis:

The best-selling and award-winning Laura Lippman edits a collection of the best mystery writing published in 2013 selected from hundreds of magazines, journals, books, and websites.

Synopsis:

A treasure trove of a hundred years worth of the finest noir writing selected by James Ellroy

Synopsis:

“With so many great authors contributing to this fiction collection . . . it doesnt take detecting skills to discover the gem. And every story dazzles . . . These stories, in prose both elegant and compelling, get to the heart of why people do what they do.” — USA Today

The Best American Mystery Stories 2014 will be selected by “writing powerhouse” (USA Today) Laura Lippman. With her popular Tess Monaghan series and her New York Times best-selling standalone novels, Lippman has greatly expanded the boundaries of modern mystery fiction and psychological suspense.

Synopsis:

James Ellroy and Otto Penzler mined the past century to find this treasure trove of thirty-nine stories. From noirs twenties-era infancy come gems like James M. Cains “Pastorale,” and its postwar heyday boasts giants like Mickey Spillane and Evan Hunter. Packing an undeniable punch, diverse contemporary incarnations include Elmore Leonard, Patricia Highsmith, Joyce Carol Oates, Dennis Lehane, and William Gay, with many page-turners appearing from the past decade.

About the Author

Otto Penzler is the proprietor of The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City. He was publisher of The Armchair Detective, the founder of the Mysterious Press and the Armchair Detective Library, and created the publishing firm Otto Penzler Books. He is a recipient of an Edgar Award for The Encyclopedia of Mystery and Detection and the Ellery Queen Award by the Mystery Writers of America for his many contributions to the field. He is the editor of The Vampire Archives and The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps, which was a New York Times bestseller. He is also the series editor of The Best American Mystery Stories of the Year. His other anthologies include Murder for Love, Murder for Revenge, Murder and Obsession, The 50 Greatest Mysteries of All Time, and The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century. He wrote 101 Greatest Movies of Mystery & Suspense. He lives in New York City.

 

Table of Contents

Foreword         Otto Penzler

 

Introduction     Keith Alan Deutsch

 

Come and Get It                                 Erle Stanley Gardner

Cry Silence                                           Fredric Brown

Arson Plus                                           Peter Collinson

Fall Guy George                                   Harmon Coxe

Doors in the Dark                               Frederick Nebel

Luck                                                       Lester Dent

The Maltese Falcon                            Dashiell Hammett

Ten Carats of Lead                            Stewart Sterling

Murder Is Bad Luck                           Wyatt Blassingame

Her Dagger Before Me                      Talmadge Powell

One Shot Charles                               G. Booth

The Dancing Rats                               Richard Sale

Bracelets                                              Katherine Brocklebank

Diamonds Mean Death                      Thomas Walsh

Murder in the Ring                              Raoul Whitfield

The Parrot That Wouldn’t Talk        Walter C. Brown

Let the Dead Alone                             Merle Constiner

Knights of the Open Palm                Carroll John Daly

Waiting for Rusty                                William Cole

Rainbow Diamonds                            Ramon Decolta

The Ring on the Hand of Death        William Rollins Jr.

Body Snatcher                                    Theodore A. Tinsley

Murder on the Gayway                      Dwight V. Babcock

The Key                                                 Cleve F. Adams

The Bloody Bokhara                          William Campbell Gault

A Taste for Cognac                            Brett Halliday

Sauce for the Gander                          Day Keene

A Little Different                             W. T. Ballard

The Shrieking Skeleton                   Charles M. Green

Drop Dead Twice                                Hank Searls

The Sound of the Shot                       Dale Clark

Flaming Angel                                      Frederick C. Davis

Odds on Death                                    Don M. Mankiewicz

Those Catrini                                       Norvell Page

Smoke in Your Eyes                           Hugh B. Cave

Blood, Sweat and Biers                    Robert Reeves

The Black Bottle                                 Whitman Chambers

The Corpse Didn’t Kick                     Milton K. Ozaki

Try the Girl                                            Raymond Chandler

Don’t You Cry for Me                          Norbert Davis

T. McGuirk Steals a Diamond          Ray Cummings

Wait for Me                                          Steve Fisher

Ask Me Another                                  Frank Gruber

Dirty Work                                            Horace McCoy

Merely Murder                                     Julius Long

Murder in One Syllable                      John D. MacDonald

Three Apes from the East                H. H. Stinson

Death Stops Payment                       D. L. Champion

The Color of Honor                             Richard Connell

Middleman for Murder                      Bruno Fischer

The Man Who Chose the Devil        Richard Deming

Beer-Bottle Polka                               C. M. Kornbluth

Borrowed Crime                                 Cornell Woolrich

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307455437
Author:
Penzler, Otto (edt)
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Author:
Deutsch, Keith Alan
Author:
Lippman, Laura
Author:
Penzler, Otto
Author:
Ellroy, James
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Hard-Boiled
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Short Stories
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Best American
Publication Date:
20100931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
ILLUSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Let's put it straight, like a fist in the face: this treasure trove of more than 50 stories and novels offers the best value ever for fans of hard-boiled detective fiction. In the pulp magazine Black Mask (1920 — 1951), Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler made their bones, with Erle Stanley Gardner and other heavyweights at their heels. As Penzler (Agents of Treachery) notes in his intros to each selection, an amazing number of these writers moved on to movies and TV. Highlights include the complete The Maltese Falcon, the original version from the pulp, unreprinted for 80 years. (Hammett made a couple of thousand changes for the hardcover novel.) The novel Rainbow Diamonds, featuring Raoul Whitfield's Filipino detective Jo Gar, appears in a book for the first time. The iconic story 'Sail' by Lester 'Doc Savage' Dent shows up in a variant draft, preferred by the author. The only way Penzler can top this one--a bigger book of Black Mask! (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by , Here are 45 of the best stories and the major writers who ever appeared in celebrated pulps like "Black Mask, Dime Detective," and "Detective Fiction Weekly." These are the classic tales that created the genre and gave birth to hard-hitting detectives.
"Synopsis" by ,

The best-selling and award-winning Laura Lippman edits a collection of the best mystery writing published in 2013 selected from hundreds of magazines, journals, books, and websites.

"Synopsis" by ,
A treasure trove of a hundred years worth of the finest noir writing selected by James Ellroy
"Synopsis" by , “With so many great authors contributing to this fiction collection . . . it doesnt take detecting skills to discover the gem. And every story dazzles . . . These stories, in prose both elegant and compelling, get to the heart of why people do what they do.” — USA Today

The Best American Mystery Stories 2014 will be selected by “writing powerhouse” (USA Today) Laura Lippman. With her popular Tess Monaghan series and her New York Times best-selling standalone novels, Lippman has greatly expanded the boundaries of modern mystery fiction and psychological suspense.

"Synopsis" by ,
James Ellroy and Otto Penzler mined the past century to find this treasure trove of thirty-nine stories. From noirs twenties-era infancy come gems like James M. Cains “Pastorale,” and its postwar heyday boasts giants like Mickey Spillane and Evan Hunter. Packing an undeniable punch, diverse contemporary incarnations include Elmore Leonard, Patricia Highsmith, Joyce Carol Oates, Dennis Lehane, and William Gay, with many page-turners appearing from the past decade.
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