The Best American Noir of the Century

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Paperback, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011, ISBN13 9780547577449, ISBN10 0547577443

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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.

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Contributed by: Ellroy, James
Contributed by: Penzler, Otto
Contributed by: Ellroy, James
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publish Date: Oct 04, 2011
ISBN-13: 9780547577449
ISBN-10: 0547577443
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 752
Written in: ENG
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.65
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.9
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