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The Black Lizard Anthology of Crime Fiction

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Introduction / Edward Gorman
The used / Loren D. Estleman
A cold foggy day / Bill Pronzini
Swamp search / Harry Whittington
Take care of yourself / William Campbell Gault
A matter of ethics / Robert J. Randisi
Tough / John Lutz
This world, then the fireworks / Jim Thompson
Soft monkey / Harlan Ellison
Yellow gal / Dennis Lynds
Scrap / Max Allan Collins
Set 'em up, Joe / Barb
Paperback, Black Lizard Books, 335 pages
Published June 1st 1987 by Creative Arts Book Co. (first published 1987)
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Simon Rindy
Mar 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: personal-library
What I learned from this book...Always keep an empty bottle and a loaded gun in your desk...maybe it was a loaded bottle and an empty gun...I dunno. Only a fool stares into the barrel of any of the above.
Michael Tildsley
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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This book came virtually out of nowhere for me. I visited a thrift store I had never been in before, and left with a plastic bag full to the rim of books for $3.00. This one in particular caught my eye. I knew after reading the introduction that I had made a fine selection, and that I was in for quite a ride. The anthology did not disappoint. Just about every story contained within is incredible, though not all of them would I strictly define as "crime." More suspenseful noir I'd say, but maybe ...more
Matt Sears
Jun 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Here's' about 20 crime stories written or published from the 1950's through the 1980's. The stories range from deep and dark to short and sweet, well, sweet for a crime story. At one point I had to take a break from the book as one of the stories was really dark. Twisted dark. Hopeless. When I picked it back up again, I read the first line of the next story. "At twenty-five minutes past midnight on 51st Street, the wind-chill factor was so sharp it could carve you a new asshole." That story was ...more
Michael Sump
Feb 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of crime fiction, writers of short stories
This is a collection of hard boiled, old style crime fiction, from a book published in 1987. The dozen or so stories were written from the 1950s to the 1980s by a variety of crime writers. Times have changed and some of the stories seem dated, as attitudes and descriptions of blacks and of women have changed over the past 30 years--or maybe not. There are still dark urban streets and blue collar taverns and mountain hollows where the attitudes and language would still be recognized. I rated it a ...more
Austen to Zafón
Jan 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, own-pb, noir
As is true of just about every short story collection, this is uneven. I would have given it 2 stars except for the amusing surprise of finding Harlan Ellison in a noir crime collection instead of his usual home in speculative fiction.
C. James
Mar 04, 2014 rated it liked it
This collection comes from the 70's and 80's and features better writing (certainly more contemporary) than the same publisher's "Big Book of Pulps". Good summer reading.
Jan 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
A wonderful collection of crime fiction. Would be writers could learn a thing or two from the stories in this book.
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A great collection of hard-boiled roman noir.
Joe  Noir
Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
A very good collection. I am especially fond of the Edgar award winning story "Soft Monkey" by Harlan Ellison.
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Edward Joseph Gorman spent 20 years in the advertising industry before leaving to write full-time in 1984. Since then, he has been incredibly prolific, averaging 2-3 novels a year in addition to many short stories, editing anthologies, and founding and editing Mystery Scene, the new magazine of the mystery field. He has written in many genres, particularly crime, mystery, western, and horror. Most ...more