The Mammoth Book of Private Eye Stories

By Bill Pronzini

With its roots within the American private-detective fiction of the Nineteen Twenties yet traceable again so far as Sherlock Holmes, the private-eye tale is still as well known as ever. listed here are thirty of the best brief novels and tales from the hardboiled global of the personal eye. The characters during this assortment diversity from the cruel, cynical, hard-drinking Philip Marlowe sort to hard-hitting girl sleuths and the one-armed highbrow Dan Fortune. This assortment beneficial properties previous favorites and new contributions from masters of the style, previous and current, together with Ross Macdonald, Raymond Chandler, Sue Grafton, Marcia Muller, Michael Collins, Ed McBain, William Campbell Gault, and lots of more.

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