Publication Date: September 12, 2000
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"Hammett's pioneering hard-boiled style has been much imitated, but the original--packs a wallop."--The New Yorker
Here are twenty long-unavailable stories by the master who brought us The Maltese Falcon. Laconic coppers, lowlifes, and mysterious women double- and triple-cross their colleagues with practiced nonchalance. A man on a bender awakens in a small town with a dark mystery at its heart. A woman confronts a brutal truth about her husband. Here is classic noir: hard-boiled descriptions to rival Hemingway, verbal exchanges punctuated with pistol shots and fisticuffs. Devilishly plotted, whip-smart, impassioned, Nightmare Town is a treasury of tales from America's poet laureate of the dispossessed.
William F. Nolan is best known as the creator and coauthor of "Logan's Run, a bestselling science fiction classic that was made into a hit film, a television series, and a sequence of comic books. He is the author of 13 novels and scores of short stories, and is the editor of more than two dozen books in the fields of science fiction, horror, western, and suspense. He is a two-time winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Special Award from the Mystery Writers of America and was voted the Living Legend for 2002 by the International Horror Guild. He lives in West Hills, California.