Masters of Noir, Volume 1

By Lawrence Block, Mickey Spillane, Ed McBain, Jonathan Craig, Gil Brewer, Richard S. Prather, Henry Kane, Fletcher Flora, Bruno Fi

A stroll at the wild aspect! during this sequence of collections of gritty Noir and Hardboiled tales, you'll locate the very best writers of the craft writing of their best. the next tales are incorporated during this first quantity of Masters of Noir: identification UNKNOWN by way of JONATHAN CRAIG, the woman in the back of THE HEDGE by way of MICKEY SPILLANE, CARRERA'S lady via ED McBAIN writing as RICHARD MARSTEN, BUTCHER by means of RICHARD S. PRATHER, glance demise within the EYE via LAWRENCE BLOCK, ON A SUNDAY AFTERNOON by means of GIL BREWER, body via FRANK KANE, DOUBLE via BRUNO FISCHER, and AS I LIE useless by way of FLETCHER FLORA.


IDENTITY UNKNOWN via JONATHAN CRAIG was once first released in Manhunt, August 1954.
THE woman at the back of THE HEDGE by means of MICKEY SPILLANE was once first released in Manhunt, October 1953.
CARRERA'S lady via ED McBAIN writing as RICHARD MARSTEN was once first released in Manhunt, Febuary 1953.
BUTCHER by way of RICHARD S. PRATHER used to be first released in Manhunt, June 1954.
LOOK loss of life within the EYE by means of LAWRENCE BLOCK was once first released in Saturn internet Detective tale journal, April 1959.
ON A SUNDAY AFTERNOON by means of GIL BREWER was once first released in Manhunt, January 1957.
FRAME through FRANK KANE was once first released in Manhunt, December 1954.
DOUBLE via BRUNO FISCHER used to be first released in Manhunt, June 1954.
AS I LIE useless via FLETCHER plant life was once first released in Manhunt, Febuary 1953.

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