The Mammoth Book of Private Eye Stories

The Mammoth Book of Private Eye Stories

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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.
Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2004.
ISBN: 9780786713714
0786713712
Branch Call Number: MAM
Characteristics: x, 528 p. ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Greenberg, Martin Harry
Pronzini, Bill
Alternative Title: Private eye stories

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Nov 27, 2017

The stories interested me more than expected. I was shopping for a mystery writer other than Rex Stout (Topeka boy), Elizabeth Peters, maybe Stuart Kaminsky, whose works have enough quality to be readable more than once. I didn't really intend to read these stories all the way through, just to skim them. They aren't bad. They have more humaneness the more recent they are, or should I say, the protagonists become less "hard boiled" as the genre evolves. It seems to me that the more re-readable a detective series is the more prominent relationships have become in the narrative. (I've recently discovered Colin Cotterill and Martin Walker but have not subjected them to the re-reading test.) (Yet.)

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