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Masters of Noir: Volume One (Masters of Noir #1)

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  57 ratings  ·  6 reviews
A walk on the wild side! In this series of collections of gritty Noir and Hardboiled stories, you'll find some of the best writers of the craft writing in their prime. The following stories are included in this first volume of Masters of Noir: IDENTITY UNKNOWN by JONATHAN CRAIG, THE GIRL BEHIND THE HEDGE by MICKEY SPILLANE, CARRERA'S WOMAN by ED McBAIN writing as RICHARD M ...more
Kindle Edition, 137 pages
Published (first published July 5th 2010)
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Cathy DuPont
TV commericals, great ones, memorable ones, must be short, sharp, to the point, and make people want to run out the door to buy the product.

Short stories are similar because readers must 'get' the character in very few words, the dialog must be to the point and easily interpreted, and the writing sharp and easily understood.

I've been enjoying a personal challenge to read early noir books and this one was on sale on Kindle. It took a few weeks to finish because I would read chapters while waitin
I was quite excited to discover this, but after a few stories, I find myself more and more dismayed by its misogyny. The women here are either objects, of lust/violence (disposable tarts or nubile crime victims) or else perfidious, hard-hearted femme fatales, literally fatal to their hapless prey. I'm about halfway through and haven't found a more rounded female character yet. Was Noir always like this?

I may try the other stories later on, but for now, I think I've had enough.
Joe Hempel
An excellent collection of short Noir stories from some of the genre's best! My favorite is probably Look Death in the Eye, with As I Lie Dead a close second. Can't wait to get into the other volumes!
Angela J Maher
An entertaining collection of short stories in this genre, with a nice, vintage feel to them. Most stories leave you guessing as to the ending. One story I didn't like, but the rest were good.
A couple of readable stories front-loaded onto a lot of really bad ones. Probably more indicative of the genre at its height than a "best of" collection should be.
I liked it.

Gritty chaps, jaded with the world with curvaceous blondes/brunettes/redheads who invariably wind up deceased.

What's not to like?
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Received the Shamus Award, "The Eye" (Lifetime achievment award) in 2002.

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I'm told every good author website needs a bio, so here's mine:

"Lawrence Block's novels range from the urban noir of Matthew Scudder (A Drop of the Hard Stuff) to the urbane effervescence of Bernie Rhodenbarr (The Burglar on the Prowl), while other characters include the globe-trotting insomniac Evan Tanne
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  • Masters of Noir: Volume Two
  • Masters of Noir: Volume Three
  • Masters of Noir Volume Four

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