The advent in the early 1950s of TV and mass market paperbacks rang the death knell for most pulp magazines, which had flourished since the 1920s. But high-caliber detective fiction continued to flourish in digest-sized mystery magazines in the following decades. In American Pulp, veteran crime writers and anthologizers Ed Gorman, Bill Pronzini and Martin H. Greenberg have assembled the very best short fiction from such crime fiction masters as Evan Hunter, Donald J. Westlake, Marcia Muller, John Lutz and Richard Matheson. FROM THE CRITICS Kirkus Reviews Or American Digest, since editors Gorman and Greenberg (Love Kills, p. 595, etc.), joined by veteran Pronzini (A Wasteland of Strangers, p. 914, etc.), contend that the true high-water mark of short noir fiction was the period from 1950 to 1970, after Black Mask and its ilk had already been killed off by inexpensive paperbacks and TV, and digests like Manhunt and Pursuit reigned supreme. In evidence they offer a monster collection of 35 stories running the gamut from ironic anecdotes (Evan Hunter, Mickey Spillane, Donald E. Westlake, John Lutz, James Reasoner, Frederic Brown, John Jakes) to hard-boiled whodunits (Marcia Muller, Robert J. Randisi, Richard S. Prather, Craig Rice) to substantial novellas (Talmage Powell, Norbert Davis, Leigh Brackett, Richard Matheson). The real revelation is how many of these alleged actioners (like those by Vin Packer, David Goodis, Wade Miller, and Herbert Kastle) work most effectively as mood pieces in the manner of Poe, their great progenitor. A bargain-only for 560 pages of the stuff your mother warned you to keep away from.
In this Nameless Detective novel, Nameless gets his license to be a private investigator returned to him. That same day, he's off to track down a homeless person. The plot inevitably thickens, as is the case with a good novel such as this.
A haunted woman's suicide pulls a California man into the poisonous secrets of a bleak Nevada desert town in Bill Pronzini's masterful work of noir fiction, which was named a New York Times Notable BookThere is something about the sad woman eating alone night after night at the Harmony Café that intrigues San Francisco CPA Jim Messenger. Unfulfilled himself, Jim feels a kinship with her--and later, when she commits suicide, he resolves to find out why. His search leads him to Beulah, a middle-of-nowhere mining town in the Nevada desert, where hatreds run deep, where secrets are as venomous as a rattlesnake bite, and where a stranger asking too many questions might inexplicably disappear. Still, in this dusty, barren landscape, Jim feels completely alive. And he's not going anywhere until he uncovers the truth, even if it rips the whole town apart.Richly atmospheric and peopled with achingly human characters, Blue Lonesome is a crime novel as tense and coiled as a rattler ready to strike and as dark and hypnotic as the lonesome desert night.
During a raid, Ranger Oak M'Candliss's brothers were massacred. His wife was murdered by outlaws. Yet he was determined to justice and the law. Now two diplomats have been kidnapped by Mexican bandits. Their future is in his hands.
Bill Pronzini's Nameless Detective, who has been called the most dynamic, evolving, human protagonist in detective fiction returns in this powerful new noir thriller. Was it a case of industrial homicide? For twenty years, Frank Hanauer had been in business with Thomas Lujack, until one dark night outside the factory they owned on the outskirts of San Francisco, a Cadillac Seville runs down and kills Hanauer. The owner of the Caddy? Lujack. The driver? Witnesses say it was Lujack; but Lujack swears he's innocent and he hires the Nameless Detective to find out who framed him. And why. The investigation takes Nameless into San Francisco's blue-collar community and the rough-and-tumble bars and backrooms where poker games thrive, deals are made, and dreams are lost forever. There's a set-up, all right, but as Nameless gets deeper and deeper into the case, there's only one thing he's sure of: He's the one being set up. But for what?
13 science fiction stories picked from the field's inception as a distinct subgenre of American fiction.
Beyond the wrought-iron gates and stuccoed facades of the houses of Greenwood, a murderous maze of deceit, adultery, fraud, and betrayal awaits "Nameless".
alise and Jordan execute a plan to steal half a million dollars from his firm. but they are beset by unexpected pitfalls-and Wise is forced to carry out two more ingenious schemes as a result.
Stephen King, Kelley Armstrong, Bill Pronzini, Simon Clark, and Ramsey Campbell are the first contributors to a mind-bending new series of short-story collections that push the boundaries of horror and dark suspense to the bleeding edge. From Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar of the acclaimed Cemetery Dance Publications, Dark Screams: Volume One reaches across genres to take readers beyond the precipice of mortal toil and into the glimmering void of irreality and beyond. WEEDS by Stephen King When a meteorite lands on his property, Jordy Verrill envisions an easy payday. Unfortunately for Jordy, this is no ordinary rock--and the uncompromising force inside has found its first target. THE PRICE YOU PAY by Kelley Armstrong Never pay more than you owe. Sounds like easy advice to follow. But for Kara and her childhood friend Ingrid, some debts can never be repaid . . . especially those tendered in blood. MAGIC EYES by Bill Pronzini Edward James Tolliver has found a weary sort of asylum among the insane. He knows he's not one of them--but how can he tell anyone about the invaders without sounding that way? MURDER IN CHAINS by Simon Clark Imagine awaking to find yourself in an underground vault, chained by the neck to a murderous lunatic, a grunting goliath who seems more animal than man. What would you do to save yourself? THE WATCHED by Ramsey Campbell Little Jimmy gets a glimpse of the cold truth when he finds out that it's not always what you see that can get you into trouble; it's who knows what you see.Praise for Dark Screams: Volume One "A wicked treat [featuring] some of the genre's best . . . Dark Screams: Volume One is a strong start to what looks to be an outstanding series."--Hellnotes "A solid collection of quick reads, a nice selection of appetizers that represent the horror genre and many of its incarnations well."--October Country "These tales are well written, fun to read, and a great way to kill a winter afternoon. Recommended for fans of short-story collections and dark fiction!"--Horror After Dark "If Volume One is any indication of quality, I'm all in for the rest of the series."--Not Too Terrible "The editors have set themselves a high bar to meet in future volumes. . . . It's going to be a solid series."--Adventures Fantastic
Two award-winning masters of crime fiction, Bill Pronzini and John Lutz, join forces for a chilling tale of a serial killer who targets the residents of a single city block on Manhattan's Upper West SideLewis Collier watches the people living on West 98th Street through his telescope, the "Eye of God," ready to mete out the ultimate punishment for every perceived sin. Those who transgress must suffer and die, and no one is safe--not the building superintendent or his junk collector friend, not the musician or the brave and beautiful woman who has struggled back from a nightmare of pain and brutality.Detective E.L. Oxman of the NYPD is assigned to investigate the bloody horror that has descended on the frightened residents of the terrorized neighborhood. But Oxman's adulterous attraction to Jennifer, an abuse survivor, has caught Collier's attention. And all sin is punishable by death.Separately, Bill Pronzini and John Lutz have won numerous prizes for their acclaimed mystery and suspense novels, including the coveted Edgar and Shamus Awards, two of crime fiction's most prestigious honors. With The Eye, these giants of the mystery genre have combined their remarkable talents in a truly unforgettable collaboration.
A trio of hardcase outlaws shows up with an empty freight wagon, planning on stealing a cache of illegal weapons and ammunition they know is being hoarded by a lumber baron.
A desperate father's world explodes when his plan to eliminate his abusive son-in-law goes shockingly awry in this riveting thriller from a true American master of suspense fiction Many people would love to see powerful San Francisco attorney David Rakubian dead, but none more than his father-in-law, Jack Hollis. Rakubian has threatened to kill Hollis's daughter and her toddler son from an earlier marriage if she tries to leave him. Enough, Hollis feels, is enough. This monster must die. But when the shark lawyer fails to show up for his own carefully planned assassination, Hollis seeks him out--only to find that someone has beaten him to the lethal punch. Now Hollis is being blackmailed for a murder he did not commit. And if he can't uncover the true killer, he stands to lose everything in the world that he loves.Multiple award-winner Bill Pronzini delivers a riveting tale of desperate acts and personal justice, and the shocking lengths to which a parent will go to protect his family.
Horse-Shy Halloran is a bumbling con man whose major nemesis is horses. He and his partner plan to rob the Wells Fargo stagecoach and carry the gold to the nearest railhead using a buckboard instead of horses.
Too many deaths. Too many roads leading nowhere. Too many crimes. Too many secrets and fears, coming together. Too many answers were needed before the mourning was over.
An empty train yard at midnight... a small cabin bathed in the light of a full moon... a seedy Skid Row hotel in San Francisco.... These are the places where fear lives, where the chill in the air has nothing to do with the temperature, and where Death can be someone you've already met. Collected here for the first time are twenty-six terrifying stories by Bill Pronzini, a master of dark suspense and horror. These chilling stories span nearly three decades in his award-winning career, and most have never been published before in book form. Prepare yourself now for an unforgettable gift, a very special delivery...
A deadbeat father has to be found. Jake's son's lover is the victim of two violent gay-bashers. And when things get out of hand, Nameless is in a race against time.
The lives of two very different men collide with shocking consequences in the darkness of the California night in this gripping noir thriller from an acclaimed masterSuccessful Northern California vintner Cameron Gallagher suffers from alcoholism, depression, and persistent nightmares. Truck driver Nick Hendryx lost everything when a hit-and-run accident put his wife in a coma. They are two men with seemingly little in common, but their disparate paths are about to intertwine in startling and dangerous ways. As Nick's determined search for the man who wrecked his wife and his lives pulls him deeper into Cameron's orbit, the wealthy wine executive struggles to hold on to a rapidly disintegrating personal life. And when there's nothing but the night separating them, their entangled worlds and secrets will explode in ways neither man could ever have anticipated.Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Bill Pronzini, a virtuoso of contemporary American noir fiction, delivers a relentlessly suspenseful novel that propels the reader on a twisting and breakneck downhill race that surprises at every turn. Nothing but the Night is nothing but remarkable.
The sunbaked expanse of Death Valley is a great place to visit but a bad place to die in this breathtaking thriller from acclaimed master of suspense fiction Bill Pronzini Rick Fallon has reached the breaking point. His wife left after their son's tragic death, and Rick finds himself without purpose. He seeks out the peace and tranquility of the desert, setting up camp in Death Valley. On his fourth day there, Rick comes across an abandoned car. Inside is a woman on the brink of death, beaten and blistered by the sun. Her name is Casey, and her young son has been kidnapped by her ex-husband. After fruitlessly searching for him for months, Casey has decided to end it all. But Rick is determined to make her mission his own, even if it means risking his life. He's been given a chance to atone for one of his greatest regrets; no amount of danger can stop him now.
For Dix Mallory, the reign of terror begins with a series of anonymous phone calls, shortly after his wife is killed in a freak accident. Or did it start before that? Was her death in fact cold-blooded murder? And could the killer be one of their friends? Shock follows shock as the tormentor escalates his campaign of fear in both subtle and dramatic ways. But it's not until a sudden act of violence, as brutal as it is unexpected, that Dix realizes just how monstrous and far-reaching his scheme really is. What follows is a nightmare of terror, suspicion, paranoia ... and death.
A mysterious stranger sparks mistrust and violence in a gripping tale of small-town prejudice, jealousy, and murder from Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Bill PronziniThe arrival of big, ugly John C. Faith in a battered Porsche sends up warning flags throughout the small Northern California resort community of Pomo. No one trusts the stranger who refuses to talk about why he is there. And when a local beauty with questionable morals is found murdered, suspicion immediately falls on him. Condemned without a trial, Faith hides among Pomo's outcasts and conducts his own investigation. But his hunt for the killer and the town's hunt for him threaten to dredge up secrets best left uncovered in this powder keg of a town, exposing crimes and dark compulsions that can only lead to more violence and death.A riveting thriller told from various points of view, A Wasteland of Strangers is an extraordinary feat of literary invention from one of noir fiction's most acclaimed practitioners.
This is a collection of stories about werewolves. There is also a brief history of the origins of the werewolf.
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