Max Allan Collins, Mickey Spillane's A Century of Noir: Thirty-Two Classic Crime Stories PDF

By Max Allan Collins, Mickey Spillane

ISBN-10: 0451205960

ISBN-13: 9780451205964

Thirty-two tales of attractive ingenuity. Thirty-two writers of mythical genius. 100 years of crime fiction in a exclusive assortment.

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They’d have to. It would be a great story that Mary Morse suspected something wrong, hired me and I uncovered the greatest drug-ring that ever got ready to encircle a city—a country even. The other story about Uncle Frank Morse—my killing him—why, we’d just forget that and begin with the coming of Baron Von Stutz, alias Raftner, and Armin Loring. So I was humming as I left the house. I wasn’t humming when the taxi drew up before my apartment door. My pleasant thoughts busted like a child’s balloon.

By God, the stuff must be in them! I’m not an expert carpenter; I didn’t need to be. One or two boards on every crate had been hammered up far enough to remove the vases, then nailed down again. Did that mean the stuff was in them, hidden away in a secret place in those vases? Little movable parts in the bottom, perhaps, put there for that very purpose. Should I bust hell out of them? Stand at the door afterwards and knock everyone for a loop that came in? Should I call O’Rourke and—But Mary Morse came first.

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. He was about my height and build, but not weight. He’d have to do something about that stomach of his first. And his face—well, I’m not so hot-looking I can complain. But his walk, as he opened the far door for us, bothered me. And the way he moved his hands looked as if he might break into Mendelssohn’s Spring Song any moment.

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