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This is another one of those short story collections that I've had tucked away in a location where short stories are often called for.  Otto Penzler has edited a number of these Pulp Fiction collections now and I've been working my way through some of them.

From the Blurb:

Harlan Ellison introduces a collection of 16 taut and muscular tales starring some of fiction's hardest-boiled criminals, crooks, desperados and rogues.  Anti-heros to a man, these are the guys who can be guaranteed to outwit the cops, make off with the dough and get the girl.  Just don't get in their way.

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Harlan Ellison introduces a collection of 16 taut and muscular tales starring some of fiction's hardest-boiled criminals, crooks, desperado's and rogues. Anti-heroes to a man, these are the guys who can be guaranteed to outwit the cops, make off with the dough and get the girl. Just don't get in their way.

Legendary writers you've already heard of like Dashiell Hammett, Erle Stanley Gardner, Cornell Woolrich and Raymond Chandler are here. Legendary writers that you should have heard of like Frederick Nebel, James M. Cain, Norbert Davis, Leslie Charteris, C. S. Montayne and Raoul Whitfield are also where they should be - with the greats. Tailor-made for pulp novices and hard-boiled fans with a soft spot for the masters, this collection shows that some writing has an edge that time just can't dull.

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Submitted by Karen on Mon, 17/01/2011 - 07:12 pm