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The Mammoth Book of Private Eye Stories
Edited by Bill Pronzini and Martin H. Greenberg
JAICO Publishing | 1990 | ISBN-N/A | PDF | 592 pages | 21.4 mb
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The private eye story is an acclaimed sub-genre of crime fiction, important for its high entertainment value, the contributions of its best writers, and its influences on other aspects of popular culture (films, radio and television drama). The P.I.'s antecedents may be traced all the way back to Sherlock Holmes, himself a 'private inquiry agent', although it was in the pages of the pioneering pulp magazine Black Mask in the 1920s that the modern realist school of American private detective fiction was established by Carroll John Daly and, far more importantly, by Dashiell Hammett.
During the past sixty-odd years there have been thousands of novels and stories featuring the tough, often cynical, and sometimes hard-drinking loner who, in Raymond Chandler's now-famous phrase, walks 'the mean streets' of such urban centers as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco. ('. . .But down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean - who is neither tar-nished nor afraid. . .') Many of these novels and stories have been very good; many more have been very bad or (cardinal sin!) indif-ferent. Yet there has been no waning of the private eye's popularity, as evidenced by the number of writers successfully producing this type of detective story today, and the enthusiasm with which their work is received.
The twenty-six stories in this book represent some of the finest short private eye fiction of the past half century, by most of the writers above, and others who have helped define and are in the process of redefining P.I. literature. To paraphrase Chandler: Down all these mean streets men and women go who are not themselves mean, who are neither tarnished nor afraid-and in whose company you'll find hours of reading enjoyment

RAYMOND CHANDLER Wrong Pigeon (Philip Marlowe)
CARROLL JOHN DALY Not My Corpse (Race Williams)
ROBERT LESLIE BELLEM Diamonds of Death (Dan Turner)
FREDRIC BROWN Before She Kills (Ed and Am Hunter)
HOWARD BROWNE So Dark For April (Paul Pine)
ROSS MACDONALD Guilt-Edged Blonde (Lew Archer)
HENRY KANE Suicide is Scandalous (Peter Chambers)
RICHARD S. PRATHER Dead Giveaway (Shell Scott)
JOSEPH HANSEN Surf (Dave Brandstetter)
MICHAEL COLLINS A Reason to Die (Dan Fortune)
ED MCBAIN Death Flight (Milt Davis) 293
STEPHEN MARLOWE Wanted - Dead and Alive (Chester Drum) 333
EDWARD D. HOCH The Other Eye (A1 Darlan) 344
STUART M. KAMINSKY Busted Blossoms (Toby Peters) 358
LAWRENCE BLOCK Out of the Window (Matt Scudder) 368
JOHN LUTZ Ride the Lightning (Alo Nudger) 397
SUE GRAFTON She Didn't Come Home (Kinsey Millhone) 416
EDWARD GORMAN The Reason Why (Jack Dwyer) 430
STEPHEN GREENLEAF Iris (John Marshall Tanner) 444
BILL PRONZINI Skeleton Rattle Your Mouldy Leg (Nameless Detective) 462
MARCIA MULLER The Broken Men (Sharon McCone) 485
ARTHUR LYONS Trouble in Paradise (Jacob Asch) 526
MAX ALLAN COLLINS The Strawberry Teardrop (Nate Heller)
ROBERT J. RANDISI The Nickel Derby (Henry Po)
LOREN D. ESTLEMAN Greektown (Amos Walker)

As promised, I have finally scanned the last of my 4 detective story anthologies. I have scanned & uploaded the other 3 before already viz:
1.The Oxford Book of English Detective Stories on 27/10/2012
2.Best of Detective Stories on 28/11/2012
3.The Mammoth Book of Great Detective Stories on 23/12/2012

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