Raymond Chandler opened a Pandora’s Box of literary sin with the hardboiled
detective. In their wake came a group of writers who further explored the themes
of crime, guilt, and obsessive ardor. All the greats are here in this sleek two-volume
collection, everyone from James M. Cain and Jim Thompson to Patricia Highsmith
and Cornell Woolrich. Throughout this collection, you will find all the classic
tropes that help signify the genre; rainy city nights, wary drifters, femme
fatales, and that distinctive hardboiled dialogue. Many of these novels were
turned into wonderful film noir hits during the 40s and 50s. Fans of those
films take note, here are the sources.
Collects: CRIME NOVELS: AMERICAN NOIR OF THE 1930s & 40s The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M.?Cain They Shoot Horses, Don't They? by Horace McCoy Thieves Like Us by Edward Anderson The Big Clock by Kenneth Fearing Nightmare Alley by William Lindsay Gresham I Married a Dead Man by Cornell Woolrich 990 pages - 978-1-883011-46-8 Library of America volume #94 CRIME NOVELS: AMERICAN NOIR OF THE 1950s The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith Pick-Up by Charles Willeford Down There by David Goodis The Real Cool Killers by Chester Himes 892 pages - 978-1-883011-49-9 Library of America volume #95 This adventurous two-volume collection presents a rich vein of modern American writing too often neglected in mainstream literary histories. Evolving out of the terse and violent hardboiled style of the pulp magazines, noir fiction expanded over the decades into a varied and innovative body of writing. Tapping deep roots in the American literary imagination, the novels in this volume explore themes of crime, guilt, deception, obsessive passion, murder, and the disintegrating psyche. With visionary and often subversive force they create a dark and violent mythology out of the most commonplace elements of modern life. The raw power of their vernacular style has profoundly influenced contemporary American culture and writing.
About the Author
ROBERT POLITO, editor, is a poet, biographer, and critic whose Savage Art: A Biography of Jim Thompson received the National Book Critics Circle Award. He directs the Graduate Writing Program at the New School and is the editor of David Goodis: Five Noir Novels of the 1940s & 50s, also from The Library of America.