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By Lawrence Block, John D. MacDonald, Ed McBain, Hal Ellson, Fletcher Flora, Henry Slesar, Theodore Pratt, Steve Frazee, Eugene Paw

This anthology positive factors the most well-known authors writing on the height in their careers! quantity 3 of grasp of Noir has the subsequent ten nice tales: THE KILLERS by means of JOHN D. MACDONALD, assault by means of ED McBAIN, simply WINDOW purchasing through LAWRENCE BLOCK, SIX palms by way of HAL ELLSON, STRANGER in the home via THEODORE PRATT, could I are available in? via FLETCHER vegetation, COP FOR an afternoon by way of HENRY SLESAR, distinct second by way of HENRY KANE, GRAVEYARD SHIFT through STEVE FRAZEE, BAIT FOR THE RED-HEAD via EUGENE PAWLEY

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