Thursday, November 6, 2014

That's hardboiled gold in that durn basement!

It pays to check out those boxes of books you've got stashed out of sight and mind. I've got a large batch of books set aside for eventual disposal. Going through them for an upcoming yard sale I discovered two anthologies I'd bought nearly twenty years ago and never read a single story in.

The first is City Sleuths and Tough Guys, edited by David Willis
McCullough. It's a historical survey of urban crime stories ranging from Edgar Allan Poe through Sue Grafton. This looks like it's worth holding on to for a little longer.

The second book is a definite keeper. It's Tough Guys & Dangerous Dames, edited by Robert E. Weinberg, Stefan Dziemianowicz, and Martin H. Greenberg. The table of contents is basically a list of the best hardboiled American writers from the last century. There's Chandler, Raoul Whitfield, Norbert Davis, Hugh B. Cave, Paul Cain, John D. MacDonald, and a host others. Discovering this one made me very happy.


  1. I've not hear of CITY SLEUTHS AND TOUGH GUYS, but I've got a copy of TOUGH GUYS & DANGEROUS DAMES tucked away around here somewhere. Great stuff.

  2. It's got a bunch of writers from the Hocking/Jones list that until now I'd never even heard of until now. Of course my wife'll kill me for bringing more real books back into the house.

  3. Yeah, my wife has that same attitude. I've heard of quite a few of the writers on the Hocking/Jones list and have even read some of the titles, but many were unfamiliar to me. I'm trying to fit some in as they go down the list.