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Twenty-four gritty, violent stories of the mean streets slug their way through a third volume mostly culled from the Web zine Thuglit (after Hardcore Hardboiled and Sex, Thugs, and Rock & Roll). Max Allan Collins's concise yet wide-ranging introduction traces the tough guy school of short crime fiction from Hammett writing in the pulp Black Mask up to the current generation riffing off the films of Tarantino. Highlights include the Derringer Award–winning The Cost of Doing Business by Mike Penncavage, and a fistful of tales appearing for the first time anywhere from the likes of upcoming noir stars such as Dave Zeltserman (Bad Move) and Tom Piccirilli (The Return of Inspiration). For dedicated fans of the genre, this anthology is worth the money just for Death of a Rat, a prison yarn found in the files of the late Edward Bunker (aka Mr. Blue in Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs), iconic author of No Beast So Fierce. These stories are as bleak and exciting as a cold rainstorm. (June)
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Product Details

  • Series: Thuglit Presents
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758222688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758222688
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,616,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dave Wilde on June 16, 2014
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Blood, Guts, and Whiskey is, yes, another collection of hardboiled tales from the underbelly of life, culled from Thuglit. What makes it stand out from the numerous collections of Thuglit tales. Well, for one thing, it is absolutely massive, standing tall at 24 (count them) stories, it is three times the length of most of the anthologies out there. You can keep this book open and not bother grabbing another one for quite a while. Indeed, with this many stories (337 pages in length for the actual physical book edition), it is simply such a huge dose of hardboiled nastiness that may take days or even weeks to recover from.

Many of the stories are by well-known names in modern crime fiction, including Jordan Harper, Tom Piccirilli, Pearce Hansen, Justin Porter, Kieran Shea, and Dave Zeltersman. So this is not just some batch of unknowns trying to pimp their first story. Some of these stories I've read in other collections (Red Hair and Black Leather), but not all of them and not together.

It opens with a very lengthy introduction by one of my favorite authors, Max Allan Collins, detailing the entire history of hardboiled crime fiction, going write back to the beginning with Hammett and Chandler and Cain and tracing a line through Horace McCoy and Mickey Spillane and others to the present day world of crime fiction.

The editor, Robinson, himself explains in a tongue-in-cheek fashion what this volume is all about: "rainbows, puppy dogs, and whatever Celine Dion is up to."

"Red Hair and Black Leather" begins with the line: "She had an ass like a Heart turned upside down and cut in half - and that's what we call foreshadowing, friend.
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A great compiliation of Noir fiction. Some grim stuff here and some humorous stuff too. Lots of talented writers contributed to his collection so if you like this kind of fiction then get this and the other Thuglit collections. I have read them all and enjoyed every bit of them!
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