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The Best American Noir of the Century
 
 
Author
James Ellroy & Otto Penzler, eds.
Publisher Houghton Mifflin  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.3 x 2 inches
ISBN 9780547330778
Pages/Publication Date 731/2010
Daedalus Item Code 30416
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Together the author of The Black Dahlia and the series editor of The Best American Mystery Stories have mined a century of writing to present this fat treasury of 39 stories. From noir's 1920s-era infancy come gems like James Cain's "Pastorale" while its postwar heyday is represented in stories from giants like Mickey Spillane and Evan Hunter. Here too are more contemporary pieces by Elmore Leonard, Patricia Highsmith, Joyce Carol Oates, Dennis Lehane, and William Gay.

"Rooting around in the rich soil amassed by almost a century of noir, [James] Ellroy and [Otto] Penzler unearth dark, pungent, and flavorful truffles that will satisfy fans and may well whet the appetites of new readers."Library Journal

"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 and Penzler 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."Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 
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