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 variety from the cruel, cynical, hard-drinking Philip Marlowe kind to hard-hitting lady sleuths and the one-armed highbrow Dan Fortune. This assortment positive factors previous favorites and new contributions from masters of the style, earlier and current, together with Ross Macdonald, Raymond Chandler, Sue Grafton, Marcia Muller, Michael Collins, Ed McBain, William Campbell Gault, and plenty of more.</Div>
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The city dicks have to know where I am, and if they do, all the crime beat reporters will know too. The cops might even decide to make me a suspect. Nobody who saw the shooting is going to put out a description that means anything. " "All right, loud brain. " The buzzer sounded in the outside room. I told Anne I had to hang up. 1 opened the communicating door and a well-dressed-I might 20 RAYMOND CHANDLER say elegantly dressed-middle-aged man stood six feet inside the outer door. He had a pleasantly dishonest smile on his face.
I couldn't tell if it was the two guys from the BeverlyWestern. I'd never seen them. It was just two guys in dark suits with hats pulled down. " Bernie stood up and stared at me for a long moment. "I don't think they'll bother with you now," he said. "They've hit the wrong guy. The mob will be very quiet for a while. You know something? This town is getting to be almost as lousy as New York, Brooklyn and WRONG PIGEON 19 Chicago. " "You haven't told me anything that makes me take action, Phil. I'll talk to the city homicide boys.
M. A good place for a murder, but not too hot for a kidnaping. The girl would scream if conscious, and if unconscious, would have to be carried out. That would be my meat. At least, this three-time murderer of young girls had to get his prey alone where he could torture information out of them. I was thinking it over as I got out of the taxi and walked into Grand Central Station, coming down the ramp from Forty-second Street. I still had seven minutes before the train came in. I'd had a good look at the girl's picture and I had liked what I had seen.
The Mammoth Book of Private Eye Stories by Bill Pronzini