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The Mammoth book of private eye stories
Pronzini, Bill.
Publication Information:
New York : Carroll & Graf Publishers, [2004]

Physical Description:
x, 528 pages ; 20 cm
Wrong pigeon (Philip Marlowe) / Raymond Chandler -- Before she kills (Ed and Am Hunter) / Frederic Brown -- So dark for April (Paul Pine) / Howard Browne -- Stolen star (Joe Puma) / William Campbell Gault -- Guilt-edged blonde (Lew Archer) / Ross MacDonald -- Suicide is scandalous (Peter Chambers) / Henry Kane -- Dead giveaway (Shell Scott) / Richard S. Prather -- Surf (Dave Brandstetter) / Joseph Hansen -- A reason to die (Dan Fortune) / Michael Collins -- Death flight (Milt Davis) / Ed McBain -- Wanted: dead and alive (Chester Drum) / Stephen Marlowe -- The other eye (Al Darlan) / Edward D. Hoch -- Busted blossoms (Toby Peters) / Stuart M. Kaminsky -- Out of the window (Matt Scudder) / Larence Blck -- Ride the lightning (Alo Nudger) / John Lutz -- She didn't come home (Kinsey Milhone) / Sue Grafton -- The reason why (Jack Dwyer) / Edward Gorman -- Iris (John Marshall Tanner) / Stephen Greenleaf -- Skeleton rattle your mouldy leg (Nameless Detective) / Bill Pronzini -- The broken men (SHaron McCone) / Marcia Muller -- Trouble in Paradise (Jacob Asch) Arthur Lyons -- The strawberry teardrop (Nate Heller) / Max Allan Collins -- The nickel derby (Henry Po) / Robert J. Randisi -- Greektown (Amos Walker) / Loren D. Estleman. Trouble in paradise (Jacob Asch) / Arthur Lyons -- Strawberry teardrop (Nate Heller) / Max Allan Collins -- Nickel derby (Henry Po) / Robert J. Randisi -- Greektown (Amos Walker) / Loren D. Estleman.
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PS648.D4 M356 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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With its roots in the American private-detective fiction of the 1920s but traceable back as far as Sherlock Holmes, the private-eye story remains as popular as ever. Here are thirty of the finest short novels and stories from the hardboiled world of the private eye. The characters in this collection range from the tough, cynical, hard-drinking Philip Marlowe type to hard-hitting female sleuths and the one-armed intellectual Dan Fortune. This collection features old favorites and new contributions from masters of the genre, past and present, including Ross Macdonald, Raymond Chandler, Sue Grafton, Marcia Muller, Michael Collins, Ed McBain, William Campbell Gault, and many more.

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Booklist Review

The private-eye tale is, as the compilers of this pleasurable anthology say, ``an acclaimed sub- genre of crime fiction.'' Twenty-six short stories involving private eyes are gathered here, arranged chronologically by year of author's birth, from a vintage piece by the great Raymond Chandler to an exciting one by the veritable sprout Loren D. Estleman. Chandler's Philip Marlowe story sets the tone for the entire collection: lean, clean, and sheer in its dark effect. Every story touches the reader's inherent fascination with sleaze-- and isn't there an ironic sweetness in that! Even well-versed crime- fiction readers will discover several interesting new voices between these covers. BH.