The Best American Noir of the Century

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 last decade.

A treasure trove of a hundred years’ worth of the finest noir writing selected by James Ellroy

Baker & Taylor
Collects the best noir writing from 1910 to 2010, including works by James M. Cain, Joyce Carol Oates, Elmore Leonard, Dennis Lehane, Evan Hunter, Mickey Spillane, Patricia Highsmith, and William Gay.

& Taylor

The editors have mined all the noir writing from 1910 to 2010 to find the 39 best stories available, including works by such authors as James M. Cain, Joyce Carol Oates, Elmore Leonard, Dennis Lehane, Evan Hunter, Mickey Spillane, Patricia Highsmith, William Gay and many more.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, c2010
ISBN: 9780547330778
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY BES
Characteristics: xiv, 731 p. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Ellroy, James 1948-
Penzler, Otto


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Oct 30, 2016

The Weekender, Faithless and the Boxing story by FX O'Toole are worth getting the book. Penzler is a great editor and bundler supreme.

Apr 07, 2011

Best American NOIR of the Century ----
Series Editor; James Ellroy and Otto Penzler c - 2010 ----

I gave this an 'OK read' The book has very gentle story's, as they seem to be selected for a general readers group. ----

Many of the stories were written during periods of marshal Law, also times of censorship. When some works would be banned. Which still happend as late as the 1960's ----

So the works did not have punch we all enjoy. ----

Still its' good to read the old stories ----

Enjoy! ----


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