Annotation:Detective Sam Spade must slove his partner's murder while dealing with 3 flamboyant crooks, a lying seductress, and a mysterious black statuette of a bird.
Annotation:Tough guy Mike Hammer punches, shoots, and drinks his way through 3 mysteries chock full of ruthless thugs and dangerous beauties.
Annotation:"Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid. The detective must be a complete man and a common man and yet an unusual man. He must be, to use a rather weathered phrase, a man of honor. He talks as the man of his age talks, that is, with rude wit, a lively sense of the grotesque, a disgust for sham, and a contempt for pettiness." – Raymond Chandler
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Hard-hitting crime and detective novels by masters of the genre; Jim Thompson, Andrew Vachss, Mickey Spillane, Raymond Chandler, Chester Himes and Dashiell Hammett.