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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is a collection of stories about werewolves. There is also a brief history of the origins of the werewolf.
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