By Max Allan Collins (editor) & Mickey Spillane (editor)
Thirty-two tales of gorgeous ingenuity. Thirty-two writers of mythical genius. 100 years of crime fiction in a unique assortment.
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Come on, Mary,” I said. “Your fat friend has proved a bust. ” Mary started to her feet. Raftner spoke, “The dear child has a cold on her chest Mr. Williams. She will be escorted home carefully so that the night air will not hurt her. ” He paused a long moment, turned his head and looked directly at the girl. “Sit down, child,” he said, and his voice was like fingernails drawn along a wall. ” He made a queer noise in his throat. ” So that was it. Here was a guy who was supposed to be good with a gun making cracks with certainly more than a hint of torture.
If anyone watched us enter or not, I don’t know. I didn’t see anyone; didn’t expect anyone, but I like to do things as if the whole town were watching. Conklyn Lee was nervous as a mother hen when we stepped into his private office and fumbled with the key at least a full minute before he got that door locked. He finally said: “Why is that young man with you, Mr. Williams? ” I gave him a dig in the ribs. ” I jerked a thumb toward the door to the right. ” “Fine, fine. If you don’t understand, then others won’t.
We give exhibitions above occasionally. A salesman on the road picked these up when the Chicago World’s Fair closed. ” He seemed disgusted at the thought and maybe a little disappointed that I didn’t give him a chance to tell me about how they fired that salesman. I was pulling a chair over, looking at the short wide neck, trying to see things in the blackness of one of the vases. “A man could get in there—hide in there,” I said. ” Lee smiled. ” I was examining that opening. “About—” Conklyn Lee nodded.
A Century of Noir: Thirty-two Classic Crime Stories by Max Allan Collins (editor) & Mickey Spillane (editor)