Michael's Reviews > The Best American Noir of the Century

The Best American Noir of the Century by James Ellroy
Rate this book
Clear rating

by
4015835
's review
Dec 14, 2015

liked it
bookshelves: noir, short-stories, anthology, 2010, pulp
Read from December 26, 2010 to March 23, 2011

It is hard to review a collection of short stories (do you rate based on the average ratings of all the stories or how you felt of the book as a whole?). This collection of Noir short stories, is well worth reading for all Noir and Hard-Boiled fans. Full of grittiness, vengeance, murder and macabre; I loved every minute of this book.

Individual Breakdown of the Short Stories
Spurs by Tod Robbins (1923) -- 3/5
Pastorale by James M. Cain (1928) -- 4/5
You'll Always Remember Me by Steve Fisher (1938) -- 5/5
Gun Crazy by Mackinlay Kantor (1940) -- 4/5
Nothing to Worry About by Day Keene (1945) -- 5/5
The Homecoming by Dorothy B. Hughes (1946) -- 3/5
Man in the Dark by Howard Browne (1952) -- 5/5
The Lady Says Die! by Mickey Spillane (1953) -- 4/5
Professional Man by David Goodis (1953) -- 5/5
The Gesture by Gil Brewer (1956) -- 3/5
The Last Spin by Evan Hunter (1956) -- 4/5
Forever After by Jim Thompson (1960) -- 3/5
For the Rest of Her Life by Cornell Woulrich (1968) -- 4/5
The Dripping by David Morrell (1972) -- 4/5
Slowly, Slowly in the Wind by Patricia Highsmith (1979) -- 5/5
Iris by Stephen Greenleaf (1984) -- 4/5
A Ticket Out by Brendan Dubois (1987) -- 4/5
Since I Don't Have You by James Ellroy (1988) -- 4/5
Texas City, 1947 by James Lee Burke (1991) -- 3/5
Mefisto in Onyx by Harlan Ellison (1993) -- 4/5
Out There in the Darkness by Ed Gorman (1995) -- 4/5
Hot Springs by James Crumley (1996) -- 4/5
The Weekend by Jeffery Deaver (1996) -- 4/5
Like a Bone in the Throat by Lawrence Block (1998) -- 5/5
Crack by James W. Hall (1999) -- 4/5
Running Out of Dog by Dennis Lehane (1999) -- 3/5
The Paperhanger by William Gay (2000) -- 3/5
Midnight Emissions by F. X. Toole (2001) -- 4/5
When the Women come Out to Dance by Elmore Leonard (2002) -- 4/5
Controlled Burn by Scott Wolven (2002) -- 3/5
What She Offered by Thomas H. Cook (2005) -- 4/5
Her Lord and Master by Andrew Klavan (2005) -- 4/5
Stab by Chris Adrian (2006) -- 3/5
The Hoarder by Bradford Morrow (2006) -- 3/5
Missing the Morning Bus by Lorenzo Carcaterra (2007) --3/5
2 likes · flag

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read The Best American Noir of the Century.
Sign In »

Reading Progress

12/26/2010 page 17
3.0%
show 24 hidden updates…

Comments (showing 1-4 of 4) (4 new)

dateDown arrow    newest »

message 1: by Mariel (new) - added it

Mariel I really liked how you created a list of the stories and rated them individually. That is what I am doing with this book and planning on doing with any other book that is a collection of stories. Great idea!


Michael It's hard to judge the book overall; I found it easier to just rate each story


message 3: by Melmac (new)

Melmac Came across your review on the Sony site(they're linking to goodreads reviews) anyhow just had to pop over and thank you for listing out all the titles in the book, much appreciated


Michael Melmac wrote: "Came across your review on the Sony site(they're linking to goodreads reviews) anyhow just had to pop over and thank you for listing out all the titles in the book, much appreciated"

No problem


back to top