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.
Crime fiction's biggest names have been rounded up for a truly impressive collection of 2008's best short stories. Featuring authors like Michael Connelly, Charlaine Harris, and 2009 Edgar Award winner T. Jefferson Parker, this volume should be on the shelf of every mystery fan.
At the height of the Cold War, a dead woman turns up in a bomb shelterBlack River Falls used to be a boring small town, but at the pinnacle of the Cuban Missile Crisis, nowhere in America can be boring anymore. As the country awaits nuclear annihilation, Iowa gubernatorial favorite Ross Murdoch has a crisis of his own: There is a dead woman in his bomb shelter.Murdoch tells his lawyer, Sam McCain, that the corpse was planted there by his enemies in the local police force, and begs McCain to clear his name before Election Day. The dead woman was mistress to four of the town's most powerful men--any of whom might have wanted her dead. As the nation's nuclear paranoia reaches a fever pitch, McCain searches for a killer and learns that there are certain kinds of disaster for which even the finest bomb shelter is no match.
Late October of 1962 is certainly not dull; not with Russian premier Khrushchev threatening to launch nuclear missiles from Cuba if the U.S. attempts an invasion there. The Kennedy White House has been facing down the Soviets with an ultimatum, but the Russian warships are steady on their course to Cuba. In Black River Falls, Iowa, frightened townspeople are gathering in churches to pray for peace. And Ross Murdoch, the popular gubernatorial candidate, is laying in supplies for his newly built bomb shelter. It's a place you don't expect to find a corpse. At least young lawyer and sometime private investigator Sam McCain doesn't - no more than he expects his four prime suspects to be pillars of the community.
In this annual staple of the crime fiction world, Ed Gorman and Martin Greenberg collect the best short crime fiction of 2009.
When hard-living, hard-drinking federal agent Arnold Grieves came to Junction City, he saw a town overflowing with vice-the kind of place where an unscrupulous lawman could feed his twisted hungers and make a serious killing. Now the old Grieves is gone and the new one's hell-bent on getting rich . . . by selling a doomsday weapon to evil men who are not reluctant to use it. The powers back East suspect something-so they're sending their very best manhunter, Noah Ford, to Colorado to hunt Grieves down. Ford doesn't know it yet, but he's riding into a town that's fixing to explode with chaos, treachery, and unimaginable violence. And the rogue he's chasing's not about to surrender quietly-and neither one of them will be dying alone.
The first book in the new Noah Ford Western series by Spur Award winner Ed Gorman. A blend of the classic television series The Wild, Wild West and the USA show Peacemakers. Noah Ford made a serious mistake in the eyes of his family when he joined the Union forces-and his Rebel brother David took it the worst of all. And to make matters worse, now that the war was over, Noah had taken up as a federal agent, working for the very government that his southern family fought tooth and nail. Now a powerful new weapon, a souped-up Gatling gun-a prototype being developed by the U.S. Army-is missing, and all signs point to David Ford, a notorious black market weapons dealer. And even with the bad blood between them, the last thing Noah wants is for his brother to be killed by federal agents, so he volunteers to track him down and return the weapon to its rightful owner, and let his brother live to die another day. But when Noah attempts to ambush his brother and reclaim the gun, things quickly spiral out of control. Bullets fly and now his partners AND his brother end up dead, and Noah narrowly escapes with a near-fatal gunshot wound. It turns out the gun means more to someone else than it did even to his brother, and when new bodies turn up around every corner, Noah must think fast and act even faster if he wants to come back from this assignment alive.
It only takes one spark . . . A new "Robin Hood" is riding the range -- a hero bank robber who's handing over the spoils to poor farmers and needy townsfolk. But the bandit's using powerful explosives in his endeavors -- and military investigator Noah Ford has to put a stop to the altruistic outlaw's destructive ways. But Ford's not investigating alone. Two other federal agents have been assigned to work with him -- shady government men with their feet planted firmly on the wrong side of the law. Suddenly a volatile situation in the town of Willow Bend is in danger of catching fire -- with Ford trapped in the middle of the blaze, torn between what's lawful and what's right. One wrong move and everything could blow up in his face -- because the man Noah Ford is hunting is someone he may not want to catch . . . and the most ruthless and deadly men in the Colorado Territories are the ones on his side.
THE WORLD'S MOST DEVIOUS MINDS DELIVER KILLER MYSTERIES. ED McBAIN spins a tale of Prohibition, gangsters and love on the run MARCIA MULLER unravels the startling secrets of a bag lady's past SARA PARETSKY sets up her popular heroine V. I. Warshawski to be a fall guy ANNE PERRY stages a prison break and a double cross during the French Revolution NANCY PICKARD pits a female shamus with a pistol in her DD cup against a rapist RUTH RENDELL shows how clothes can make, or break, a woman REGINALD HILL issues invitations to an exclusive club, confidentiality guaranteed. The only entrance requirement: having committed the perfect crime... DONALD E. WESTLAKE sends a burglar disguised as Santa Claus laughing all the way to the bank--but the joke is on him... EDWARD D. HOCH plants the seeds of murder when a woman grows marijuana in her New York apartment... SARAH SHANKMAN makes jury duty more than a struggling TV writer's civic responsibility. It might be the answer to her prayers... Psychological thrillers...baffling who-dun-its...chilling suspense--this superb collection by today's leading mystery writers delves deep into dark hearts and twisted minds for some of the best crime stories ever. If you love mysteries, it would be a crime to miss it.
In 1950s Iowa, a murder-suicide forces a lawyer to put aside his rock-and-roll griefSam McCain loves Buddy Holly because he's the only rock-and-roll star who still seems like a dweeb, and Sam knows how that feels. With the unrequited love of his life at his side, Sam drives more than three hours through the snow to watch his idol play the Surf Ballroom. That night, Buddy Holly dies in the most famous plane crash in music history, but Sam has no time to grieve. Because there are too many lawyers in this small town, Sam makes a living as a PI, doing odd jobs for an eccentric judge--whose nephew, it seems, has a problem only a detective could solve. His trophy wife has been murdered, and as soon as Sam arrives, the nephew kills himself, too.The police see this as a clear-cut murder-suicide, but Sam wants to know more, diving into a mystery that will get dangerous faster than you can say "bye-bye, Miss American Pie."
There is a body in a gazebo, and the chief suspect is not long for this worldSmall-town lawyer and private detective Sam McCain is enjoying a cocktail party, dancing with a lovelier specimen than his five-foot-five-inch frame usually attracts, when the hostess confronts him with a problem the likes of which Good Housekeeping has never seen. There is a corpse in the backyard gazebo, and the party is definitely over.The murdered girl was the twenty-year-old daughter of the town's Cadillac dealer, a troubled young woman with a self-destructive streak. The police focus their investigation on her drag-racing boyfriend, local bad boy David Egan, whom McCain agrees to defend. When Egan dies in a freak car accident, the case seems closed. But examining the hot rod shows a cut brake line--and a motive for a killing far more complicated than good girl gone bad.
When a beautiful corpse is found in a gazebo during a class reunion party, lawyer Sam McCain hopes to avoid involving himself in the ensuing complexities. However, the victim is the troubled daughter of a prominent family, and when local bad boy David Egan is accused of her murder, McCain finds himself saddled with a new client...and another tale of small-town murder in Black River Falls, Iowa. But McCain's heartbreaking, drag-racing client dies a fiery death in a car crash-an accident that becomes murder when it's discovered the car's brake lines were cut. Working to clear Egan's name, McCain follows a trail of shattered dreams, cheating spouses and dark secrets to a third body lying lifeless in a bath, and to a tale of murder that embraces the vast human emotions that drive lovers _ to love...and killers to kill.
On the eve of the March on Washington, racial tensions flare in McCain's small townIn the summer of 1963, freedom riders are crisscrossing the South, Martin Luther King is preparing for a march on Washington, and the people of Black River Falls, Iowa, are about to go to the polls. Senator Williams is cruising to reelection when a blackmailer starts sending him photos of his daughter arm in arm with a handsome black student. To save his campaign, Williams hires private investigator Sam McCain to talk sense into the crook, but the blackmailer is nowhere to be found--until McCain discovers him behind his shack, dead in the dirt, with a handsome black corpse beside him.TV crews arrive with the police, to broadcast the horrible scene across the state. As Black River Falls threatens to erupt into all-out race war, Iowa will have much more to worry about than Election Day. Searching for the savage killer, McCain learns that quiet prejudice can be the most dangerous kind of all.
When Robert B. Parker passed in early 2010, the world lost two great men: Parker himself, iconic American crime writer whose books have sold more than 6 million copies worldwide, and his best-known creation, Spenser. Parker's Spenser series not only influenced the work of countless of today's writers, but is also credited with reviving and forever changing the genre.In Pursuit of Spenser offers a look at Parker and to Spenser through the eyes of the writers he influenced. Editor Otto Penzler-- proprietor of one of the oldest and largest mystery specialist bookstores in the country, New York's The Mysterious Bookshop, and renowned mystery fiction editor whose credits include series editor for the Best American Crime Writing and Best American Mystery Stories, among many others (and about whom Parker himself once wrote, "Otto Penzler knows more about crime fiction than most people know about anything")-- collects some of today's bestselling mystery authors to discuss Parker, his characters, the series, and their impact on the world.From Hawk to Susan Silverman to Jesse Stone and Sunny Randall, from the series' Boston milieu to Parker's own take on his character, In Pursuit of Spenser pays tribute to Spenser, and Parker, with affection, humor, and a deep appreciation for what both have left behind.
The editor says that cats and crimes go together like icecream and hot fudge sauce. For those who agree, this is a collection of old and new mysteries. What they all have in common is a feline ... somewhere!
Murder for political advantage, love and profit. Scotland can claim them all as part of its colorful history. In all fairness, Scotland probably boasts no more than any other country 's share of criminal killing as part of heritage, but the incongruous juxtaposition of deed so dastardly to a society so romantic and inviting make them stand out in sharp relief.
[From the book jacket:] "Ed Gorman has established himself as a writer whose "lean prose and deep compassion set his books apart from everything else in the genre," in the words of Loren D. Estleman. Now, in The Night Remembers, Gorman delivers his most powerful work to date, a book that at once pays homage to the great "noir" novels of the 1930s and '40s and expands upon that tradition. The time is the present; the setting Cedar Rapids, Iowa; the hero private detective Walsh, a man weary of a past he cannot escape. Walsh has recently retired from the sheriffs office, and he is preoccupied with wrenching personal turmoil. But Walsh's past won't leave him alone; it comes to visit him one day in the person of Lisa Penny- feather, the wife of a man Walsh sent to prison for murder twelve years before. Lisa wants Walsh to clear her husband's name. Walsh is reluctant, but he is drawn into the case when a woman's corpse is discovered in the Pennyfeathers's backyard a week after George Pennyfeather is released from prison. Is George being framed, and if so, was he framed twelve years before? Walsh, torn by the thought that he may have helped put an innocent man through twelve years of hell, starts looking for answers. Are George's former employers and family friends Paul and Richard Heckart as upstanding and compassionate as they appear? Was Lisa having an affair with lowlife wheeler-dealer Karl Jankov, the man George was convicted of killing? Who was the woman found murdered in the Pennyfeathers's backyard, and what was her connection to the Jankov murder? As Walsh delves deeper into the case, he discovers that things thought long buried can rear up suddenly, ominously, out of the night. Ed Gorman lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He is the author of numerous short stories and novels, including A Cry of Shadows, Several Deaths Later and The Autumn Dead. In addition to writing fiction, Gorman is the founding editor of Mystery Scene magazine." Ed Goreman's mysteries are peopled with numerous compellingly drawn characters, and told with sympathy for the human condition and appreciation for nostalgia for the times in which they are set. Check the Bookshare collection for many more mysteries by this highly readable author.
Fear feeds on itself, growing in the darkness, squeezing your chest in a vise of breathless terror. Because a Predator lies in wait. This compelling new collection from the editors of the bestselling "Stalkers" tells of worlds where evil waits and watches...and kills. Each story will send chills up your spine, keep you burning the lights all night, and have you looking over your shoulder--just in case the Predator is there. So lock your doors, check your windows, and get ready to savor fiction that touches the primeval places...where all your screams are born. --Back cover.
With the nation's eye on Black River Falls, McCain chases a snake handler's killerFundamentalist preacher John Muldaur isn't afraid of snakes--he uses them every week in his services--but he's convinced that the Pope is trying to kill him. Iowa lawyer Sam McCain, the poorest attorney in a thriving town, listens patiently to the self-declared reverend's outlandish theories about being targeted by a papal hit squad, and agrees to investigate the matter simply to get Muldaur out of his office. But that night at a wild religious service, McCain sees Muldaur proven right. The holy man is killed by poison--not from one of his rattlesnakes, but from a Pepsi bottle laced with strychnine.On the campaign trail for president, Vice President Nixon is on his way to town to make a speech, and McCain is asked to find Muldaur's killer before the national media arrives. What he finds is a conspiracy just as improbable as the Catholic hit men--but far more deadly.
At the dawn of the 1960s, McCain is thrust into an investigation surrounding the murder of John Muldaur, a bigoted preacher.
Dev Conrad is a paid consultant to congressmen and senators. But he is not prepared for Senator Warren's zipper problem. And when Warren's blackmailer is killed, things really begin to heat up.
A Chicago politico fights to protect his candidate from a murder investigation On the outside, Senator Warren Nichols's reelection campaign appears to be proceeding smoothly. But behind closed doors, chaos reigns. The senator's rabble-rousing opponent is gaining in the polls, and rumors of Nichols's womanizing threaten to end his political career forever. When his chief of staff quits and then commits suicide, turmoil threatens the Nichols camp. Only Dev Conrad can haul the senator back from the brink. A battle-hardened political consultant with a military background, Conrad finds the Nichols campaign in even worse shape than he imagined. A sleazy political operative has gotten his hands on a compromising tape of the senator, and he wants $1 million to keep it under wraps. When the blackmailer turns up murdered, Conrad must find the tape to keep his senator out of jail.
Dev Conrad investigates a candidate for public office who will do anything to keep her past a secret When a political campaign goes off the rails, Dev Conrad is called in to set things right. He returns to his old stomping ground of Illinois when the chief of staff for Congresswoman Susan Cooper begins to worry about his candidate's habit of disappearing for hours in the middle of the day. Dev trails her to a seedy motel on the edge of her district, where she keeps a rendezvous that could destroy her career. After she leaves, he slips into the motel room, where he finds bloody towels and a business card for one of the toughest political operatives in the business. To protect Cooper, Dev must learn what she's been hiding from her campaign. When the agent she'd been talking to is found murdered, Dev starts to worry less about keeping Cooper in Congress than keeping her out of jail.
At a car dealership's big opening day, the festivities are marred by the discovery of a corpseIt is September 1957, and America is waiting to meet the Edsel, Ford's top-secret new automobile, whose promotional campaign has redefined the word hype. Sam McCain, lawyer, detective, and car fiend, has been dreaming of the Edsel for months. But when the sheet comes off Ford's new creation, the car is a nightmare. Pastel colored, bulky, and with a distinctively ugly grill, the Edsel draws snickers instead of applause. But in case the dealership owner's day isn't going badly enough, one of the cars has a last surprise in store: a body in the trunk.She is the beautiful young wife of the district attorney, and Sam knows she deserved better than to end up dead in an ugly car. As the local police bungle the investigation, Sam quietly digs into the death--and finds a secret in his city that could be even more disastrous than the Edsel.
In the thick of the Cold War, McCain investigates death threats against an alleged redThe citizens of Black River Falls are polite, understanding, and respectful--except when it comes to communism. Joe McCarthy has been dead for two years, but men like Richard Conners are still fighting to clear themselves of his accusations. A liberal who served faithfully under Roosevelt and Truman, only to be slandered as a red during McCarthy's witch hunts, Conners has begun getting death threats written in blood. He hires private investigator Sam McCain to protect him, but no sooner has Sam taken the case than Conners turns up dead.The local sheriff gives McCain twenty-four hours to find his client's killer. Although the obvious suspect is one of the local red haters, McCain isn't positive that politics is the motive. In Black River Falls, murder is never cut and dried.
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