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The Arbor House Treasury of Detective and…

The Arbor House Treasury of Detective and Mystery Stories from the Great… (1983)

by Bill Pronzini (Editor)

Other authors: Robert Leslie Bellem (Contributor), Frederic Brown (Contributor), Paul Cain (Contributor), D. L. Champion (Contributor), Carroll John Daly (Contributor)9 more, Norbert Davis (Contributor), William Campbell Gault (Contributor), Dane Gregory (Contributor), Dashiell Hammett (Contributor), John Jakes (Contributor), John D. MacDonald (Contributor), Horace McCoy (Contributor), Frederick Nebel (Contributor), Cornell Woolrich (Contributor)

Series: Arbor House Treasuries

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Pretty good mix of tales from the heyday of pulp detective magazines. A couple of the selections struck me as odd (William Campbell Gault's "See No Evil" is only tangentially a crime story, while John D. MacDonald's "Crime of Omission" qualifies neither as a mystery in general nor a detective story in particular), but there are some essential items here: Dashiell Hammett's "Arson Plus", the very first adventure of the Continental Op; "Holocaust House" by Norbert Davis, who masterfully interweaves the humorous with the hard-boiled; and "Knights of the Open Palm", an unusually readable example of Carroll John Daly's work. (Also unusual is the fact that it's a vehemently anti-KKK piece.) "Red Pavement", one of Frederick Nebel's tough, no-nonsense Donny Donahue stories, is good, too. Three and a half stars. ( )
  Jonathan_M | Feb 17, 2018 |
Solid collection
A collection of decent stories
Two stories stand out. Fatal Accident deals with a cop on vacation who sees a car wreck in front of him where the wife dies. When he tries to follow up with the hospitalized driver, the driver is more worried about people looking at the car than the wife. The cop's instincts say murder. Not quite as solid but memorable is Crime of Omission, where a man consumed by jealousy is trying to convince himself to kill his best friend/wife's lover while up at the cottage in the winter. Can he do it? Will he have to? Nice twist ending, although kind of campy.
Nothing bad stands out.
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow him / her on social media. ( )
  polywogg | Jan 8, 2017 |
A bunch of good pulp mysteries. A fun read. ( )
  EdGoldberg | May 30, 2013 |
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Pronzini, BillEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bellem, Robert LeslieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brown, FredericContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cain, PaulContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Champion, D. L.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Daly, Carroll JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Davis, NorbertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gault, William CampbellContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gregory, DaneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hammett, DashiellContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jakes, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
MacDonald, John D.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McCoy, HoraceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nebel, FrederickContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Woolrich, CornellContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed

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