By Max Allan Collins (editor) & Mickey Spillane (editor)
Thirty-two tales of beautiful ingenuity. Thirty-two writers of mythical genius. 100 years of crime fiction in a one of a kind assortment.
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Extra resources for A Century of Noir: Thirty-two Classic Crime Stories
No, not a word. You think they’re keeping her prisoner until they finish their work below? But if they kill you, then—” “Never mind about my life. I’ve taken care of it for years. And I intend to live to dance on the graves of Armin Loring, Baron Stutz, et al. ” He had a first-class chill right away. Maybe I didn’t hear his bones rattle, but I heard the change in his pocket. Jerry remained behind and I got a slant at the assistant manager, standing in the room beyond when we passed through it.
A sergeant was there and a couple of harness cops behind him. The sergeant was fat, officious and had been used to scaring pickpockets and milk-bottle thieves half to death by glaring at them. I knew him and he knew me. ” I pushed him in the stomach. ” Sergeant Halorhan came into the room as if he expected guys to pull guns on him from behind every chair. “You can’t be doing this, you know—not so steadily on the public streets. ” I managed to roll him across to the phone, even lifted it and put it in his hand.
Two could play his game. I snapped up the phone and buzzed Armin’s number. It was early in the morning, yet he answered the phone almost at once. His voice was low and expectant— expectant of another voice maybe, a girl’s voice—but he got exactly what was on my mind. “Williams calling, Armin,” I told him. “You’ve broken that one-man record. There was an attempt on my life a few minutes ago. ” There was interest in Armin’s voice, anxiety too, I thought. ” “He’s dead,” I said. A. ” “I won’t have to get up early,” I told him.
A Century of Noir: Thirty-two Classic Crime Stories by Max Allan Collins (editor) & Mickey Spillane (editor)