The Best American Noir of the Century by James Ellroy & Otto Penzler

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Ellroy, in his introduction, adds to the chorus of hard-boiled chuckles. “Doom is fun,” he informs the reader. “You’re a perv for reading this introduction.”
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James Ellroy and Otto Penzler mined the past century to find this treasure trove of thirty-nine stories. From noir’s twenties-era infancy come gems like James M. Cain’s “Pastorale,” and its postwar heyday boasts giants like Mickey Spillane and Evan Hunter. Packing an undeniable punch, diverse contemporary incarnations include Elmore Leonard, Patricia Highsmith, Joyce Carol Oates, Dennis Lehane, and William Gay, with many page-turners appearing from the past decade.
 

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James Ellroy was born in Los Angeles in 1948. His L.A. Quartet novels-The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential, and White Jazz-were international best sellers. His novel American Tabloid was Time magazine's Best Book (fiction) of 1995; his memoir, My Dark Places, was a Time Best Book of the Year and a New York Times Notable Book for 1996. His novel The Cold Six Thousand was a New York Times Notable Book and a Los Angeles Times Best Book for 2001. Ellroy lives in Los Angeles.
 
Published October 4, 2011 by Mariner Books. 755 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Philip Marchand on Oct 29 2010

Ellroy, in his introduction, adds to the chorus of hard-boiled chuckles. “Doom is fun,” he informs the reader. “You’re a perv for reading this introduction.”

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