book cover of Dark Crimes 2

Dark Crimes 2

(1993)
Modern Masters of Noir
An anthology of stories edited by

 
 
Publisher's Weekly
This uneven collection of crime stories and thrillers is worth having for its inclusion of Triangle , the stunning 1982 short novel by Teri White. This Edgar winner traces the trajectory of a trio of lowlifes: a pair of Vietnam war vets who have become a highly successful underworld assassination squad, and an obsessed cop whose partner they have killed. White displays a brilliant sense of character, an accurate ear for colloquial speech and a sure control of tone in this early work. The rest of the pieces here vary in quality . Several of the featured detectives (and their authors) are familiar--such as Marcia Muller's Sharon McCone, here investigating an apparent suicide, and Loren Estleman's Amos Walker, faced with the murder of clients who wanted to renovate an old saloon. There is a cunning John Lutz tale about an ill-fated Mexican cliff-diver and a wry Lawrence Block inversion of It's a Wonderful Life , in which a man who survives a murder attempt realizes that he has to be nicer. But most of the offerings, such as those by David Morrell and Joe R. Lansdale, rely too much on twist endings or sickening violence, and lack the elegant fatalism and shadow-drenched angst of the film noir.

BookList - Wes Lukowsky
Anthologies can often serve general readers as samplers, much as the popular "Taste of . . ." festivals permit noshers to graze their way through a city's restaurants. This collection is a case in point, offering readers a taste of the noir tradition in crime fiction. Gorman, an outstanding author of both thrillers and westerns, has made his selections from among the hundreds of noir short stories and novels published since the early 1960s. Among the best known of the authors are John D. MacDonald, Lawrence Block, David Morrell, John Lutz, and Bill Pronzini. Though the authors are familiar, Gorman has not chosen works featuring their primary series characters. By leaving out Travis McGee, Matt Scudder, and the others, he intentionally directs readers toward nonseries but equally adept stories that reflect the distinctively stylized, overtly pessimistic world view that has come to be associated with the term "noir". A fine anthology and an excellent companion piece to "Dark Crimes".

Genre: Mystery

Used availability for Ed Gorman's Dark Crimes 2

Hardback Editions

January 1993 : USA Hardback

Title: Dark Crimes 2: Modern Masters of Noir
Author(s): Edward Gorman
ISBN: 0-88184-865-4 / 978-0-88184-865-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Carroll & Graf Pub
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

January 1993 : USA Paperback
thumb

Title: Dark Crimes 2: Modern Masters of Noir
Author(s): Edward Gorman
ISBN: 0-88184-919-7 / 978-0-88184-919-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Carroll & Graf Pub
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA