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Title:
The Black Lizard anthology of crime fiction
Author:
Gorman, Edward.
Publication Information:
[Berkeley, Calif.] : Black Lizard Books : Distributed by Creative Arts Book Co., 1987.
Physical Description:
x, 335 pages ; 22 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780887390395
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Book

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The roman noir, which this collection of stories celebrates, has its roots in the pulp paperbacks of the 1950s and earlier. It is crime fiction, to be sure, but it's more than mystery; its subject is usually despair, and its protagonists are almost always the victims of their own obsessions. Editor Gorman has unearthed a handful of stories by vintage masters of the genre (Harry Whittington, William Campbell Gault, and the godfather of noir himself, Jim Thompson) and combined them with short fiction by contemporary writers working in the same tradition. The result is certainly uneven, plumbing the abyss of human behavior one moment, settling for pale imitation the next. Unfortunately, the Thompson novella, which should be the book's centerpiece, is a distinct disappointment. While characteristically bleak, it lacks even the semblance of coherence that holds together this unique writer's best work. On the other hand, Whittington's ``Swamp Search'' is a little jewel of tough-guy prose, and Dennis Lynds' ``Yellow Gal,'' about an aging blues singer whose past has caught up with him, is as raw and powerful as Bessie Smith singing ``Me and My Gin.'' BO. [OCLC] 86-72053