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The Best American Noir of the Century

The Best American Noir of the Century

  • Author: James Ellroy,Otto Penzler
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • ISBN: 0547577443
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 731
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Collects the best noir writing from 1910 to 2010, including works by James M. Cain, Joyce Carol Oates, Elmore Leonard, Dennis Lehane, Evan Hunter, Mickey Spillane, Patricia Highsmith, and William Gay.

Crime Novels

Crime Novels

American Noir of the 1950s

  • Author: Jim Thompson,Patricia Highsmith,Charles Willeford,David Goodis,Chester Himes
  • Publisher: Library of America Noir Collec
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 892
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Critically acclaimed crime novels of the 1950s include Pick-Up, The Killer Inside Me, Down There, The Real Cool Killers, and The Talented Mr. Ripley, in this second in a two-volume set.

Vampires in the New World

Vampires in the New World

  • Author: Louis H. Palmer
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO
  • ISBN: 0313391335
  • Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Page: 176
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This book provides an engaging historical survey of the vampire in American popular culture over 100 years, ranging from Bram Stoker's classic novel Dracula to HBO's television series True Blood.

The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories

The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories

  • Author: Otto Penzler
  • Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
  • ISBN: 0307455432
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 1116
  • View: 1980
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An anthology culled from Black Mask magazine is a tribute to its mastery of the pulp noir genre that includes such stories as "Murder Is Bad Luck" and "Diamonds Mean Death" as well as two full-length novels including Paul Cain's Fast One. Original.

James Ellroy

James Ellroy

A Companion to the Mystery Fiction

  • Author: Jim Mancall
  • Publisher: McFarland
  • ISBN: 1476613931
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 240
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This comprehensive guide to James Ellroy’s work and life is arranged as an encyclopedia covering his entire career, from his first private-eye novel, Brown’s Requiem, to his 2012 e-book Shakedown. It introduces new readers to his characters and plots, and provides experienced Ellroy fans and scholars with detailed analyses of the themes, motifs and stylistic innovations of his books. The work is a tour of Ellroy’s dark underworld, highlighting the controversies and unsettling questions that characterize his work, as well as assessing Ellroy’s place in the annals of American literature.

Conversations with James Ellroy

Conversations with James Ellroy

  • Author: James Ellroy
  • Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
  • ISBN: 1617031038
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 222
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As a novelist who has spent years crafting and refining his intense and oft outrageous "Demon Dog of American Crime Fiction" persona, James Ellroy has used interviews as a means of shaping narratives outside of his novels. Conversations with James Ellroy covers a series of interviews given by Ellroy from 1984 to 2010, in which Ellroy discusses his literary contribution and his public and private image. Born Lee Earle Ellroy in 1948, James Ellroy is one of the most critically acclaimed and controversial contemporary writers of crime and historical fiction. Ellroy's complex narratives, which merge history and fiction, have pushed the boundaries of the crime fiction genre: American Tabloid, a revisionist look at the Kennedy era, was Time magazine's Novel of the Year 1995, and his novels L.A. Confidential and The Black Dahlia were adapted into films. Much of Ellroy's remarkable life story has served as the template for the personal obsessions that dominate his writing. From the brutal, unsolved murder of his mother, to his descent into alcohol and drug abuse, his sexual voyeurism, and his stints at the Los Angeles County Jail, Ellroy has lived through a series of hellish experiences that few other writers could claim. In Conversations with James Ellroy, Ellroy talks extensively about his life, his literary influences, his persona, and his attitudes towards politics and religion. In interviews with fellow crime writers Craig McDonald, David Peace, and others, including several previously unpublished interviews, Ellroy is at turns charismatic and eloquent, combative and enigmatic.

Hard-boiled

Hard-boiled

An Anthology of American Crime Stories

  • Author: Bill Pronzini,Jack Adrian
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN: 019510353X
  • Category: History
  • Page: 532
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A collection of thirty-six crime stories that traces the evolution of the genre over eight decades includes works by Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Mickey Spillane, Jim Thompson, Margaret Maron, Faye Kellerman, and Ed Gorman

Twentieth-century Crime Fiction

Twentieth-century Crime Fiction

  • Author: Lee Horsley
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
  • ISBN: 9780199253265
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 313
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Twentieth-Century Crime Fiction aims to enhance understanding of one of the most popular forms of genre fiction by examining a wide variety of the detective and crime fiction produced in Britain and America during the twentieth century. It will be of interest to anyone who enjoys reading crime fiction but is specifically designed with the needs of students in mind. It introduces different theoretical approaches to crime fiction (e.g., formalist, historicist, psychoanalytic, postcolonial, feminist) and will be a useful supplement to a range of crime fiction courses, whether they focus on historical contexts, ideological shifts, the emergence of sub-genres, or the application of critical theories. Forty-seven widely available stories and novels are chosen for detailed discussion. In seeking to illuminate the relationship between different phases of generic development Lee Horsley employs an overlapping historical framework, with sections doubling back chronologically in order to explore the extent to which successive transformations have their roots within the earlier phases of crime writing, as well as responding in complex ways to the preoccupations and anxieties of their own eras. The first part of the study considers the nature and evolution of the main sub-genres of crime fiction: the classic and hard-boiled strands of detective fiction, the non-investigative crime novel (centered on transgressors or victims), and the "mixed" form of the police procedural. The second half of the study examines the ways in which writers have used crime fiction as a vehicle for socio-political critique. These chapters consider the evolution of committed, oppositional strategies, tracing the development of politicized detective and crime fiction, from Depression-era protests against economic injustice to more recent decades which have seen writers launching protests against ecological crimes, rampant consumerism, Reaganomics, racism, and sexism.

Creatures of Darkness

Creatures of Darkness

Raymond Chandler, Detective Fiction, and Film Noir

  • Author: Gene D. Phillips
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • ISBN: 9780813127002
  • Category: History
  • Page: N.A
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The conflicts of the Civil War continued long after the conclusion of the war: jockeys and Thoroughbreds took up the fight on the racetrack. A border state with a shifting identity, Kentucky was scorned for its violence and lawlessness and struggled to keep up with competition from horse breeders and businessmen from New York and New Jersey. As part of this struggle, from 1865 to 1910, the social and physical landscape of Kentucky underwent a remarkable metamorphosis, resulting in the gentile, beautiful, and quintessentially southern Bluegrass region of today. In her debut book, How Kentucky Became Southern: A Tale of Outlaws, Horse Thieves, Gamblers, and Breeders, former turf writer Maryjean Wall explores the post--Civil War world of Thoroughbred racing, before the Bluegrass region reigned supreme as the unofficial Horse Capital of the World. Wall uses her insider knowledge of horse racing as a foundation for an unprecedented examination of the efforts to establish a Thoroughbred industry in late-nineteenth-century Kentucky. Key events include a challenge between Asteroid, the best horse in Kentucky, and Kentucky, the best horse in New York; a mysterious and deadly horse disease that threatened to wipe out the foal crops for several years; and the disappearance of African American jockeys such as Isaac Murphy. Wall demonstrates how the Bluegrass could have slipped into irrelevance and how these events define the history of the state. How Kentucky Became Southern offers an accessible inside look at the Thoroughbred industry and its place in Kentucky history.

The Simple Art of Murder

The Simple Art of Murder

  • Author: Raymond Chandler
  • Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
  • ISBN: 1400030226
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 384
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In The Simple Art of Murder, which was prefaced by the famous Atlantic Monthly essay of the same name, noir master Raymond Chandler argues the virtues of the hard-boiled detective novel, and this collection, mostly drawn from stories he wrote for the pulps, demonstrates Chandler's imaginative, entertaining facility with the form. Included are the classic stories "Spanish Blood," Pearls Are a Nuisance," and "Guns at Cyrano's," among others.