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Dashiell Hammett and
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.