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Containing over 47 stories and two novels, this book is big baby, bigger and more powerful than a freight train - a bullet couldn't pass through it. Here are the best stories and every major writer who ever appeared in celebrated Pulps like Black Mask, Dime Detective, Detective Fiction Weekly, and more. These are the classic tales that created the genre and gave birth to hard-hitting detectives who smoke criminals like packs of cigarettes; sultry dames whose looks are as lethal as a dagger to the chest; and gin-soaked hideouts where conversations are just preludes to murder. This is crime fiction at its gritty best.

Including:

  • Three stories by Raymond Chandler, Cornell Woolrich, Erle Stanley Gardner, and Dashiell Hammett
  • Complete novels from Carroll John Daly, the man who invented the hard-boiled detective, and Fredrick Nebel, one of the masters of the form
  • A new Dashiell Hammett story
  • Every other major pulp writer of the time, including Paul Cain, Steve Fisher, James M. Cain, Horace McCoy, and many many more of whom you've probably never heard
©2007 Compilation copyright 2007 by Otto Penzler, LLC; Foreword copyright 2006, 2007, by Otto Penzler, LLC (P)2020 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Such a great collection!!

Great and Gritty stories. Amazing narration. It's so fun to listen to these stories and learn where hard boiled and noir style detective stories started. Highly recommended!!

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