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 below are thirty of the best brief novels and tales from the hardboiled international of the non-public eye. The characters during this assortment diversity from the harsh, cynical, hard-drinking Philip Marlowe sort to hard-hitting lady sleuths and the one-armed highbrow Dan Fortune. This assortment good points outdated favorites and new contributions from masters of the style, previous and current, together with Ross Macdonald, Raymond Chandler, Sue Grafton, Marcia Muller,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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