The Postman Always Rings Twice, Double Indemnity, Mildred Pierce, and Selected Stories Everyman’s Library Classics

Everyman's Library - All three novels were immortalized in classic Hollywood films. Double indemnity–which followed postman so quickly, and, Cain’s readers hardly had a chance to catch their breath–is a tersely narrated story of blind passion, duplicity, of course, murder. Cain’s indelible hallmarks. The postman always rings twice, cain’s first novel–the subject of an obscenity trial in Boston, the inspiration for Camus’s The Stranger–is the fever-pitched tale of a drifter who stumbles into a job, into an erotic obsession, and into a murder.

Book jacket status: jacketedthese three classics from the master of the noir novel, along with five otherwise unavailable short stories, the suspense, are electric with the taut narrative voice, and the explosive violence and eroticism that were James M. Also included here are five masterful stories–“pastorale, ” “brush fire, ” “Dead Man, ” “The Baby in the Icebox, ” “The Girl in the Storm”–that have been out of print for decades.

The Postman Always Rings Twice, Double Indemnity, Mildred Pierce, and Selected Stories Everyman's Library Classics - . Mildred pierce, a work of acute psychological observation and devastating emotional violence, is the tale of a woman with a taste for shiftless men and an unreasoned devotion to her monstrous daughter.

Dashiell Hammett: Complete Novels Red Harvest / The Dain Curse / The Maltese Falcon / The Glass Key / The Thin Man

Library of America - In a few years of extraordinary creative energy, Dashiell Hammett invented the modern American crime novel. He put these people down on paper as they were, and he made them talk and think in the language they customarily used for these purposes. Beginning as a prolific contributor to the pulp magazines of the 1920s, he succeeded during his brief career in making his kind of crime fiction a crucial part of the fabric of American writing: a genre that did not evade reality but rather embodied the grittiness and harshness of modern urban life.

The five novels that hammett published between 1929 and 1934, collected here in one Library of America volume, have become part of modern American culture, creating archetypal characters and establishing the ground rules and characteristic tone for a whole tradition of hardboiled writing. The library of america series includes more than 300 volumes to date, feature cloth covers, sewn bindings, and ribbon markers, authoritative editions that average 1, 000 pages in length, and are printed on premium acid-free paper that will last for centuries.

Dashiell Hammett: Complete Novels Red Harvest / The Dain Curse / The Maltese Falcon / The Glass Key / The Thin Man - His lean and deliberately simplified prose won admiration from such contemporaries as Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, and William Faulkner. Each novel is distinct in mood and structure. Red harvest 1929 epitomizes the violence and momentum of his Black Mask stories about the anonymous detective the Continental Op.

. In the words of raymond chandler, “Hammett gave murder back to the kind of people that commit it for reasons, not just to provide a corpse. Drawing on his own experiences as a Pinkerton detective, Hammett gave a harshly realistic edge to novels that were at the same time infused with a spirit of romantic adventure.

The Big Sleep; Farewell, My Lovely; The High Window Everyman's Library

Everyman's Library - In the high window, marlowe searches the California underworld for a priceless gold coin and finds himself deep in the tangled affairs of a dead coin collector. In all three novels, above all, his enigmatic loner of a hero, Chandler’s hard-edged prose, colorful characters, and, vivid vernacular, enduringly establish his claim not only to the heights of his chosen genre but to the pantheon of literary art.

Everyman s Library. The big sleep, introduces philip marlowe, a private detective inhabiting the seamy side of Los Angeles in the 1930s, Chandler’s first novel, as he takes on a case involving a paralyzed California millionaire, blackmail, two psychotic daughters, and murder. In farewell, a murder he stumbles upon, Marlowe deals with the gambling circuit, My Lovely, and three very beautiful but potentially deadly women.

The Big Sleep; Farewell, My Lovely; The High Window Everyman's Library - Book jacket status: jacketedraymond Chandler’s first three novels, published here in one volume, established his reputation as an unsurpassed master of hard-boiled detective fiction. Library of America.

The Big Book of the Continental Op

Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - The book features all twenty-eight of the original standalone Continental Op stories, the original serialized versions of Red Harvest and The Dain Curse, and previously unpublished material. He has been published in periodicals, he has never, in all his ninety-two years, but until now, paperback digests, and short story collections, had the whole of his exploits contained in one book.

Now for the first time ever in one volume, all twenty-eight stories and two serialized novels starring the Continental Op—one of the greatest characters in storied history of detective fiction. Dashiell hammett is the father of modern hard-boiled detective stories. Everyman s Library. The op is a tough, wry, unglamorous gumshoe who has inspired a following that is both global and enduring.

The Big Book of the Continental Op - One of dashiell hammett's most memorable characters, 1923, the Continental Op made his debut in Black Mask magazine on October 1, narrating the first of twenty-eight stories and two novels that would change forever the face of detective fiction. This anthology of continental Op stories is the only complete, one-volume work of its kind.

His legendary works have been lauded for almost one hundred years by fans, and his novel The Maltese Falcon was adapted into a classic film starring Humphrey Bogart. Library of America.

The Lady in the Lake, The Little Sister, The Long Goodbye, Playback Everyman's Library

Everyman's Library - In the long goodbye, he’s in trouble with the cops, a case involving a war-scarred drunk and his nymphomaniac wife has Marlowe constantly on the move: a psychotic gangster’s on his trail, and more and more corpses keep turning up. Library of America. Everyman s Library. Playback features a well-endowed redhead who leads Marlowe to the California coast to solve a tale of big money and, of course, murder.

Throughout these masterpieces, marlowe’s wry humor and existential sense of his job prove yet again why he has become one of the most recognized and imitated characters in fiction. The little sister takes marlowe to hollywood, uncovering on the way a little blackmail, where he tries to find a sweet young thing’s missing brother, a lot of drugs, and more than enough murder.

The Lady in the Lake, The Little Sister, The Long Goodbye, Playback Everyman's Library - Book jacket status: jacketedcreator of the famous Philip Marlowe, Raymond Chandler elevated the American hard-boiled detective genre to an art form. Chandler’s last four novels, published here in one volume, offer ample opportunity to savor the unique and utterly compelling fictional world that made his works modern classics.

The lady in the lake moves marlowe out of his usual habitat of city streets and into the mountains outside of Los Angeles in his strange search for a missing woman.

The Maltese Falcon, The Thin Man, Red Harvest

Everyman's Library - A one-time detective and a master of deft understatement, Hammett virtually invented the hard-boiled crime novel. The thin man introduces hammett's wittiest creations, Nick and Nora Charles, who solve homicides in between wisecracks and martinis. Everyman s Library. Book jacket status: jacketedthe three classic novels published here in one volume are rich with the crisp prose, subtle characters, and intricate plots that made Dashiell Hammett one of the most admired writers of the twentieth century.

And in red harvest, hammett's anonymous tough-guy detective, the Continental Op, takes on the entire town of Poisonville in a deadly war against corruption. Dashiell hammett is a master of the detective novel, yes, but also one hell of a writer. Boston globe”hammett was spare, hard-boiled, but he did over and over what only the best writers can ever do.

The Maltese Falcon, The Thin Man, Red Harvest - He wrote scenes that seemed never to have been written before. Raymond chandler”Hammett’s prose was clean and entirely unique. In the maltese falcon, sam spade, a private eye with his own solitary code of ethics, tangles with a beautiful and treacherous woman whose loyalties shift at the drop of a dime.

His characters were as sharply and economically defined as any in American fiction. The new york times”as a novelist of realistic intrigue, Hammett was unsurpassed in his own or any time.

In a Lonely Place New York Review Books

NYRB Classics - Hughes’s tense novel is at once an early indictment of a truly toxic masculinity and a twisty page-turner with a surprisingly feminist resolution. His funds are running out and his frustrations are growing. A classic california noir with a feminist twist, this prescient 1947 novel exposed misogyny in post-World War II American society, making it far ahead of its time.

Los angeles in the late 1940s is a city of promise and prosperity, but not for former fighter pilot Dix Steele. To his mind nothing has come close to matching “that feeling of power and exhilaration and freedom that came with loneness in the sky. He prowls the foggy city night—­bus stops and stretches of darkened beaches and movie houses just emptying out—seeking solitary young women.

In a Lonely Place New York Review Books - Library of America. A classic of golden age noir, in a lonely Place also inspired Nicholas Ray’s 1950 film of the same name, starring Humphrey Bogart. Everyman s Library. Written with controlled elegance, Dorothy B. Where is the good life he was promised? why does he always get a raw deal? Then he hooks up with his old Air Corps buddy Brub, now working for the LAPD, who just happens to be on the trail of the strangler who’s been terrorizing the women of the city for months.

Red Harvest

Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - Library of America. Everyman s Library. Vintage. Detective-story master dashiell hammett gives us yet another unforgettable read in Red Harvest: When the last honest citizen of Poisonville was murdered, the Continental Op stayed on to punish the guilty--even if that meant taking on an entire town. Red harvest is more than a superb crime novel: it is a classic exploration of corruption and violence in the American grain.

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Three by Cain: Serenade, Love's Lovely Counterfeit, The Butterfly

Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - Everyman s Library. All three books are written with an enduring view of the dark corners of the American psyche. Library of America. Cain hammered high art out of the crude matter of betrayal, bloodshed, and perversity. Everyman s Library. Vintage.

David Goodis: Five Noir Novels of the 1940s & 50s LOA #225: Dark Passage / Nightfall / The Burglar / The Moon in the Gutter / Street of No Return Library of America Noir Collection

Library of America - Library of America. Everyman s Library. Library of America. Goodis 1917-1967 was a philadelphia- born pulp expressionist who brought a jazzy style to his spare, passionate novels of mean streets and doomed protagonists: an innocent man railroaded for his wife's murder Dark Passage; an artist whose life turns nightmarish because of a cache of stolen money Nightfall; a dockworker seeking to comprehend his sister's brutal death The Moon in the Gutter; a petty criminal derailed by irresistible passion The Burglar; and a famous crooner scarred by violence and descending into dereliction Street of No Return.

Everyman s Library. Now, the library of america and editor robert Polito team up again to celebrate the full scope of Goodis's signature style with this landmark volume collecting five great novels from the height of his career. In 1997 the library of america's crime novels: american noir gathered, eleven classic works of the 1930s, 40s, in two volumes, and 50s--among them David Goodis's moody and intensely lyrical masterpiece Down There, adapted by François Truffaut for his 1960 film Shoot the Piano Player.

David Goodis: Five Noir Novels of the 1940s & 50s LOA #225: Dark Passage / Nightfall / The Burglar / The Moon in the Gutter / Street of No Return Library of America Noir Collection - Long a cult favorite, goodis now takes his place alongside Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett in the pantheon of classic American crime writers. Library of america is an independent nonprofit cultural organization founded in 1979 to preserve our nation’s literary heritage by publishing, and keeping permanently in print, America’s best and most significant writing.

Vintage. The library of america series includes more than 300 volumes to date, authoritative editions that average 1, feature cloth covers, and ribbon markers, sewn bindings, 000 pages in length, and are printed on premium acid-free paper that will last for centuries.

The Grifters Mulholland Classic

Mulholland Books - Library of America. Mulholland Books. He lives in a cheap hotel just within his pay bracket. Everyman s Library. He goes to work every day. Library of America. He has hundreds of friends and associates who could attest to his good character. Yet, hidden behind three gaudy clown paintings in Roy's pallid hotel room, sits fifty-two thousand dollars--the money Roy makes from his short cons, his "grifting.

For years, roy has effortlessly maintained control over his house-of-cards life--until the simplest con goes wrong, and he finds himself critically injured and at the mercy of the most dangerous woman he ever met: his own mother. The grifters, one of the best novels ever written about the art of the con, is an ingeniously crafted story of deception and betrayal that was the basis for Stephen Frears' and Martin Scorsese's critically-acclaimed film of the same name.

The Grifters Mulholland Classic - Vintage. Everyman s Library. To his friends, to his coworkers, and even to his mistress Moira, Roy Dillon is an honest hardworking salesman.