The Gutter and the Grave (Hard Case Crime)
by Ed Mcbain, a review from Esquire by Anna Godbersen.
"First, there are the men: classic noir anti-heroes, narrating their own stories with bleak turns and wise-cracks. They are a regular Greek chorus of blown fuses, failed marriages, jobs gone wrong. Just take Matt Cordell, ex-P.I., Bowery bum, prone to sardonic pronouncements like, 'It's great to be alive, I guess,' just when he's looking to go on another bender. Cordell is the voice of The Gutter and the Grave, an early Ed McBain novel originally published under one of his many pseudonyms, now republished by the Hard Case Crime series." Read the entire Esquire review.