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The Best American Noir of the Century

  • Author: Otto Penzler and James Ellroy
  • Pages: 752
  • Language: English
  • ISBN/ASIN: 547330774
  • ISBN13: 9780547330778
  • Upload date: 30-11-2016, 17:59
  • Category: Non-fiction

In his introduction to the 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, series editor of the annual The Best American Mystery Stories, mined one hundred years of writing19102010to find this treasure trove of thirty-nine stories. From noirs twenties-era infancy come gems like James M. Cains Pastorale, and its post-war 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 in the last decade.

INDEX:

Spurs by Tod Robbins

Pastorale by James M. Cain

You'll always remember me by Steve Fisher

Gun crazy by MacKinlay Kantor

Nothing to worry about by Day Keene

The homecoming by Dorothy B. Hughes

Man in the dark by Howard Browne

The lady says die! by Mickey Spillane

Professional man by David Goodis

The hunger by Charles Beaumont

The gesture by Gil Brewer

The last spin by Evan Hunter

Forever after by Jim Thompson

For the rest of her life by Cornell Woolrich

The dripping by David Morrell

Slowly, slowly in the wind by Patricia Highsmith

Iris by Stephen Greenleaf

A ticket out by Brendan DuBois

Since I don't have you by James Ellroy

Texas city by James Lee Burke

Mefisto in onyx by Harlan Ellison

Out there in the darkness by Ed Gorman

Hot spings by James Crumley

The weekender by Jeffery Deaver

Faithless by Joyce Carol Oates

Poachers by Tom Franklin

Like a bone in the throat by Lawrence Block

Crack by James W. Hall

Running out of dog by Dennis Lehane

The paperhanger by William Gay

Midnight emissions by F.X. Toole

When the women come out to dance by Elmore Leonard

Controlled burn by Scott Wolven

All through the house by Christopher Coake

What she offered by Thomas H. Cook

Her lord and master by Andrew Klavan

Stab by Chris Adrian

The hoarder by Bradford Morrow

Missing the morning bus by Lorenzo Carcaterra

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