The best American noir of the century

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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. It's the long drop off the short pier and the wrong man and the wrong woman in perfect misalliance. It's 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 writing--1910-2010--to find this treasure trove of thirty-nine stories. From noir's twenties-era infancy come gems like James M. Cain's "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 lastdecade.

Spurs / Tod Robbins
Pastorale / James M. Cain
You'll always remember me / Steve Fisher
Gun crazy / MacKinlay Kantor
Nothing to worry about / Day Keene
The homecoming / Dorothy B. Hughes
Man in the dark / Howard Browne
The lady says die! / Mickey Spillane
Professional man / David Goodis
The hunger / Charles Beaumont
The gesture / Gil Brewer
The last spin / Evan Hunter
Forever after / Jim Thompson
For the rest of her life / Cornell Woolrich
The dripping / David Morrell
Slowly, slowly in the wind / Patricia Highsmith
Iris / Stephen Greenleaf
A ticket out / Brendan DuBois
Since I don't have you / James Ellroy
Texas city / James Lee Burke
Mefisto in onyx / Harlan Ellison
Out there in the darkness / Ed Gorman
Hot spings / James Crumley
The weekender / Jeffery Deaver
Faithless / Joyce Carol Oates
Poachers / Tom Franklin
Like a bone in the throat / Lawrence Block
Crack / James W. Hall
Running out of dog / Dennis Lehane
The paperhanger / William Gay
Midnight emissions / F.X. Toole
When the women come out to dance / Elmore Leonard
Controlled burn / Scott Wolven
All through the house / Christopher Coake
What she offered / Thomas H. Cook
Her lord and master / Andrew Klavan
Stab / Chris Adrian
The hoarder / Bradford Morrow
Missing the morning bus / Lorenzo Carcaterra.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Surprisingly, 20 of the 39 well-chosen stories published between 1923 and 2007 in this impressive crime anthology date to the last two decades, which may sound counterintuitive to casual readers who associate noir with the 1940s and 1950s. All the contributors excel at showing the omnipresence of the dark side of humanity in many different times and locales. In addition to names synonymous with noir such as Cornell Woolrich and Jim Thompson, Ellroy (Blood's a Rover) and Penzler (The Best American Mystery Stories) offer depressing fare from writers better known for other work, like David Morrell, whose first published story, "The Dripping," about the disappearance of a man's wife and daughter, is one of the book's best. Lesser-known authors also distinguish themselves, like Christopher Coake, whose reverse chronology in "All Through the House" serves to heighten the suspense rather than dissipate it. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Series Best American series.
Subjects Noir fiction, American.
Detective and mystery stories, American.
American fiction -- 20th century.
American fiction -- 21st century.
Publisher Boston :Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,2010
Contributors Ellroy, James, 1948-
Penzler, Otto.
Language English
Description xiv, 731 pages ; 24 cm.
ISBN 9780547330778 (hardcover)
0547330774 (hardcover)
9780547577449 (paperback)
0547577443 (paperback)
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