(2008)

 
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Pages:
484
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ISBN:
9780762433940 Search at WorldCat
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Editing:
Paul Gravett
Format:
6 inches x 9.125 inches (15.2 cm x 23.2 cm); black & white; squarebound; color cardstock cover

Issue Notes

US Library of Congress number 2008926155


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Torpedo 1936 / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Jordi Bernet (signed)
Inks:
Jordi Bernet (signed)
Letters:
?

Genre:
crime
Characters:
Torpedo

[blank pages] (Table of Contents)

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Indexer Notes

inside front cover

["Acknowledged by the Times of London as..."] (Table of Contents)

text article / 1 page (report information)

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typeset

Genre:
biography
Synopsis:
Brief biographical sketch of Paul Gravett.

["Also Available"] (Table of Contents)

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?
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Synopsis:
A list of other books published by Running Press in their "Mammoth Book of..." series.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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Synopsis:
title page

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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Title page verso

Contents (Table of Contents)

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Table of contents

Acknowledgements (Table of Contents)

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Synopsis:
Copyright acknowledgments for the reprints in this book.

Every Shade of Noir (Table of Contents)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Paul Gravett
Letters:
typeset

Synopsis:
Introduction to this book.

...Or Turn Their Faces Up, Like So, Receiving Death as if it Were a Mother's Kiss (Table of Contents)

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Paul Gravett ?
Letters:
Typeset

Synopsis:
Introduction to "Old Gangsters Never Die."

Old Gangsters Never Die (Table of Contents)

comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Alan Moore
Pencils:
Lloyd Thatcher
Inks:
Lloyd Thatcher
Letters:
?

Genre:
crime
Synopsis:
The lyrics of song about the unpleasant deaths of gangsters, set to pictures.
Reprints:
  • from the foldout sleeve of the single "Old Gangsers Never Die" by the Sinister Ducks (1983).

["You Don't Look Right. You Look at Me with Distorted Eyes."] (Table of Contents)

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Paul Gravett ?
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Synopsis:
Introduction to "The Switch."

The Switch (Table of Contents)

Torpedo 1936 / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Sanchez Abuli; David H. Rosenthal (translator); Carol Blazer
Pencils:
Jordi Bernet (signed)
Inks:
Jordi Bernet (signed)
Letters:
?

Genre:
crime
Characters:
Torpedo; Detective Mulley; Lulu; Rascal
Synopsis:
Torpedo arranges the assassination of a police detective.
Reprints:
  • from ?

["A man could make a fortune in a few days! I'll pay anything for it -- anything!"] (Table of Contents)

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Synopsis:
Introduction to "The Money-Making Machine Swindlers."

The Money-Making Machine Swindlers (Table of Contents)

comic story / 14 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
?
Letters:
Ben Oda ?

Genre:
crime
Synopsis:
Swindlers pretend to have invented a machine that makes real money.
Reprints:

["It was as if the body of the person appeared on the canvas itself. And all I had to do was lay on the paint!"] (Table of Contents)

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Paul Gravett ?
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typeset

Synopsis:
An introduction to "Blind Man's Bluff"

Blind Man's Bluff (Table of Contents)

87th Precinct / comic story / 32 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Bernie Krigstein
Inks:
Bernie Krigstein
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Bert Kling; Steve Corella; Roger Havilland; Meyer Meyer; Teddy Corella
Synopsis:
After a series of murders are connected to paintings by the same artist, Detective Corella has his wife, who cannot speak, pose for the artist to see what she can discover.
Reprints:

["Since we've been after that brute, his trail leads down and down. I never knew there were so many hotels and slums full of sleeze..."] (Table of Contents)

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Paul Gravett ?
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Synopsis:
An introduction to "The Murderer of Hung."

The Murderer of Hung (Table of Contents)

comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Dominique Grange; Mathew Screech (translation)
Pencils:
Jacque Tardi
Inks:
Jacque Tardi
Letters:
Woodrow Phoenix

Genre:
crime
Synopsis:
A Viet-nam veteran and a Vietnamese girl hunt down the man who killed her family.
Reprints:

["Oh, geeze...ain't there anyone in the world ya can trust?"] (Table of Contents)

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Paul Gravett ?
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Synopsis:
Introduction to the story, "Murder, Morphine, and Me!"

Murder, Morphine, and Me! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 14 pages (report information)

Script:
Jack Cole
Pencils:
Jack Cole
Inks:
Jack Cole
Letters:
?

Genre:
crime
Synopsis:
A young woman is drawn into the world of drugs and violent crime.
Reprints:

["Jee-zus... Jesus creeping Christ on a cross!"] (Table of Contents)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 2 pages (report information)

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Paul Gravett ?
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Synopsis:
Introduction to the story, "Love in Vein."

Love in Vein (Table of Contents)

El Borbah / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
Charles Burns
Pencils:
Charles Burns (signed)
Inks:
Charles Burns (signed)
Letters:
Charles Burns ?

Genre:
crime
Characters:
El Borbah
Synopsis:
An insane sperm donor hopes to create a master race.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

reprinted in El Borbah (Cornélius, 2008 series) #[nn]

["Please don't think me immodest, but Waldo was so grateful for my...ah...intellectual companionship, he left me the key to the family strong box!"] (Table of Contents)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 2 pages (report information)

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Paul Gravett ?
Letters:
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Synopsis:
An introduction to the story, "The Portier Fortune."

The Portier Fortune (Table of Contents)

The Spirit / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Will Eisner
Pencils:
Will Eisner (layouts); John Spranger ?
Inks:
Will Eisner
Letters:
Martin DeMuth

Genre:
adventure; crime
Reprints:
  • from Spirit, The (Register and Tribune Syndicate, 1940 series) #01/12/1946

Indexer Notes

Credits from The Spirit Checklist by cat yronwode (31 December 2009).

["But there was somebody I don't want to hurt! Who was it? I...I can't remember!"] (Table of Contents)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 2 pages (report information)

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Paul Gravett ?
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Synopsis:
Introduction to the story, "Secret Agent X-9."

["Oh, Alfred. It's so good to be free again."] (Table of Contents)

Secret Agent X-9 / comic story / 80 pages (report information)

Script:
Dashiel Hammett
Pencils:
Alex Raymond (signed)
Inks:
Alex Raymond (signed)
Letters:
?

Genre:
crime; detective-mystery
Reprints:
  • from Secret Agent X-9 daily (King Features Syndicate) 1934.04.25 - 1934.09.11

["Look carefully at this street. Does anything catch you eye? Nothing? All looks normal?"] (Table of Contents)

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Synopsis:
An introduction to the story, "Strada."

Strada (Table of Contents)

Commissario Spada / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Gianluigo Gonano; Givanni Spanella (translator)
Pencils:
Gianni De Luca
Inks:
Gianni De Luca
Letters:
Ben Dickson

Genre:
crime
Reprints:
  • from Il Giornalino (Edizione San Paolo, 1979 series) #36.

["I'm a respectable businessman...I went into this on business terms. He can't treat me this way. I'll show him..."] (Table of Contents)

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Synopsis:
An introduction to the story, "Lily-white Joe."

Lily-White Joe (Table of Contents)

comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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?
Pencils:
Bernie Krigstein (signed)
Inks:
Bernie Krigstein (signed)
Letters:
?

Genre:
crime
Characters:
Joe Rivers; Marc Rinald
Synopsis:
Legitimate business man Joe Rivers gets drawn into the criminal underworld, lured by easy money.
Reprints:

["Who does she think she is, dancin' with 'im? She's like all the rest! I'll show 'em -- both of 'em"] (Table of Contents)

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Synopsis:
An introduction to the story, "The Crushed Gardenia."

The Crushed Gardenia (Table of Contents)

comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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?
Pencils:
Alex Toth (signed)
Inks:
Alex Toth (signed)
Letters:
Alex Toth

Genre:
crime
Characters:
Johnny Faber; Dr. Paul Crane
Synopsis:
Psychiatrist Crane tells the story of young hood Johnny Faber.
Reprints:

["I just killed two morons and my water broke"] (Table of Contents)

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Paul Gravett ?
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Synopsis:
An introduction to the story, "Maternity Leave."

Maternity Leave (Table of Contents)

Ms. Tree / comic story / 48 pages (report information)

Script:
Max Allan Collins
Pencils:
Terry Beatty
Inks:
Terry Beatty
Letters:
Gary Kato
Editing:
Mike Gold

Genre:
crime; detective-mystery
Characters:
Michael Tree; Effie; Roger Freemont; Dan; Mike Tree, Jr.; Donnie Muerta; William Powers, Sr.; M.T. Powers; Melodie Tree
Synopsis:
M.T. Powers, presumptive heir to William Powers, Jr.'s fortune, tries to kill Ms. Tree's unborn child, the true heir. Melodie Tree is born.
Reprints:

["Sure was smart of you Dutch coming in at a place like Blackpool"] (Table of Contents)

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Paul Gravett ?
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Synopsis:
An introduction to the story, "Roy Carson and the Old Master."

Roy Carson and the Old Master! (Table of Contents)

Roy Carson / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Colin McLoughlin
Pencils:
Denis McLoughlin
Inks:
Denis McLoughlin
Letters:
?

Genre:
crime; detective-mystery
Synopsis:
Carson foils the schemes of Dutch Scully, international art thief.
Reprints:

["I know exactly what I'm doing! I've waited for this moment for so long! Now what good is your money going to you Walter...Now what good!"] (Table of Contents)

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Paul Gravett ?
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Synopsis:
Introduction to the story, "Mary Spratchet."

Mary Spratchet (Table of Contents)

comic story / 9 pages (report information)

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?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
crime
Characters:
Mary Spratchet; Walter Spratchet; Elbert Firness
Synopsis:
Mary convinces her lover to help her murder her husband.
Reprints:

["So...what did you do?"] (Table of Contents)

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Paul Gravett ?
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Synopsis:
An introduction to the story, "Talkin' with Joe."

[Talkin' with Joe] (Table of Contents)

Sinner / comic story / 27 pages (report information)

Script:
Carlos Sampayo; Deborah Bonner (translator)
Pencils:
José Muñoz
Inks:
José Muñoz
Letters:
Bill Spicer

Genre:
crime
Characters:
Alack Sinner; Joe; Moretti; Silver; Toni Sinner
Synopsis:
Sinner tells Joe the bartender the story of how Sinner quit the police force.
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Indexer Notes

Title from introduction.

["They're right! You can't be too careful! The smallest thing might give you away!"] (Table of Contents)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 2 pages (report information)

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Paul Gravett ?
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Synopsis:
An introduction to the story, "The Button."

The Button (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Bill Everett
Inks:
Bill Everett
Letters:
?

Genre:
crime
Characters:
Anton Norda
Synopsis:
A stick-up man obsesses over a button lost at the scene of a murder.
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["I've heard what these guys are like, Steve. Looking for the slightest hesitation, waiting for you to slip up. Catch you out."] (Table of Contents)

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Paul Gravett ?
Letters:
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Synopsis:
An introduction to the story, "Rat in the House."

Rat in the House (Table of Contents)

Kane / comic story / 32 pages (report information)

Script:
Paul Grist
Pencils:
Paul Grist
Inks:
Paul Grist
Letters:
Paul Grist ?

Genre:
crime; detective-mystery
Characters:
Kane; Felix; Lovett; Donahue; Miguel Perez; Bessiac; Mr. Meyer; Dennis Harvey; Wratz; Lenny Davis; Capt. Dexter; Oscar Darque
Synopsis:
An officer-involved shooting is investigated and more is learned about the relationship between Harvey and Darque.
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["Sorry, Genevieve! If I am saving anybody -- it's going to be me!"] (Table of Contents)

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Paul Gravett ?
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Synopsis:
An introduction to the "Who Dunnit?" story.

["In the town of Lemans, France, on a February night in 1933..."] (Table of Contents)

Who Dunnit? / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Fred Guardineer
Inks:
Fred Guardinner
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
M. Lavelin; Armand Duroc; Claire Lavelin; Genevieve Lavelin; Commissioner Lourvoir; Christine Dupez; Marie Lavelin
Synopsis:
M. Lavelin's wife and daughter are murdered and the reader is challenged to discover the murderer's identity.
Reprints:

["You've done enough killer, smart guy! Now take it yourself!"] (Table of Contents)

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Paul Gravett ?
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Synopsis:
An introduction to the story, "Mike Lancer and the Syndicate of Death."

Mike Lancer and the Syndicate of Death! (Table of Contents)

Mike Lancer / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Mickey Spillane
Pencils:
Harry Sahle (signed)
Inks:
Harry Sahle (signed)
Letters:
?

Genre:
crime
Synopsis:
Private eye Lancer solves the murders of a group of investors in a synthetic rubber operation.
Reprints:

["How do I let myself get feeling like this? Why...better men than you have begged me to love them."] (Table of Contents)

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Paul Gravett ?
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Synopsis:
An introduction to the story, "Dark City."

Dark City (Table of Contents)

Mike Hammer / comic story / 32 pages (report information)

Script:
Mickey Spillane
Pencils:
Ed Robbins (signed)
Inks:
Ed Robbins (signed)
Letters:
?

Genre:
crime
Characters:
Mike Hammer; Velda
Reprints:
  • from Mike Hammer (Phoenix Features Syndicate) Sunday pages, 1954 ?.

["If you know who he is, he already owns you"] (Table of Contents)

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Paul Gravett ?
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Synopsis:
Introduction to the story, "The Court."

The Court (Table of Contents)

comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Neil Gaiman
Pencils:
Warren Pleece
Inks:
Warren Pleece
Letters:
typeset

Reprints:

["You're a pal George! Hic...real pal! Got sumpin, hic, for me, George? Whassha got for me, George? Oh parm me... You... You're Harry"] (Table of Contents)

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Paul Gravett ?
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Synopsis:
Introduction to the story, "The Sewer."

The Sewer (Table of Contents)

comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Johnny Craig
Pencils:
Johnny Craig (signed)
Inks:
Johnny Craig (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Synopsis:
A woman and her lover murder her husband and dump his body in the sewers. Later, the lover attempts to hide from the police in the sewers and encounters the corpse.
Reprints:

["I wonder if she lingers, dressed and her way to the next venue, gazing up into the calm, unknowing ink-blots of their eyes"] (Table of Contents)

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Paul Gravett ?
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Synopsis:
An introduction to the story, "I Keep Coming Back."

I Keep Coming Back (Table of Contents)

comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Alan Moore
Pencils:
Oscar Zarate
Inks:
Oscar Zarate
Letters:
?

Genre:
horror-suspense
Synopsis:
The spirit of Jack the Ripper is restless.
Reprints:

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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Synopsis:
two blank pages, second of which the inside back cover

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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Synopsis:
Advertising touting this volume.

Indexer Notes

back cover

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Torpedo 1936
  2. 1. [blank pages]
  3. 2. ["Acknowledged by the Times of London as..."]
  4. 3. ["Also Available"]
  5. 4. [no title indexed]
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
  7. 6. Contents
  8. 7. Acknowledgements
  9. 8. Every Shade of Noir
  10. 9. ...Or Turn Their Faces Up, Like So, Receiving Death as if it Were a Mother's Kiss
  11. 10. Old Gangsters Never Die
  12. 11. ["You Don't Look Right. You Look at Me with Distorted Eyes."]
  13. 12. The Switch
    Torpedo 1936
  14. 13. ["A man could make a fortune in a few days! I'll pay anything for it -- anything!"]
  15. 14. The Money-Making Machine Swindlers
  16. 15. ["It was as if the body of the person appeared on the canvas itself. And all I had to do was lay on the paint!"]
  17. 16. Blind Man's Bluff
    87th Precinct
  18. 17. ["Since we've been after that brute, his trail leads down and down. I never knew there were so many hotels and slums full of sleeze..."]
  19. 18. The Murderer of Hung
  20. 19. ["Oh, geeze...ain't there anyone in the world ya can trust?"]
  21. 20. Murder, Morphine, and Me!
  22. 21. ["Jee-zus... Jesus creeping Christ on a cross!"]
  23. 22. Love in Vein
    El Borbah
  24. 23. ["Please don't think me immodest, but Waldo was so grateful for my...ah...intellectual companionship, he left me the key to the family strong box!"]
  25. 24. The Portier Fortune
    The Spirit
  26. 25. ["But there was somebody I don't want to hurt! Who was it? I...I can't remember!"]
  27. 26. ["Oh, Alfred. It's so good to be free again."]
    Secret Agent X-9
  28. 27. ["Look carefully at this street. Does anything catch you eye? Nothing? All looks normal?"]
  29. 28. Strada
    Commissario Spada
  30. 29. ["I'm a respectable businessman...I went into this on business terms. He can't treat me this way. I'll show him..."]
  31. 30. Lily-White Joe
  32. 31. ["Who does she think she is, dancin' with 'im? She's like all the rest! I'll show 'em -- both of 'em"]
  33. 32. The Crushed Gardenia
  34. 33. ["I just killed two morons and my water broke"]
  35. 34. Maternity Leave
    Ms. Tree
  36. 35. ["Sure was smart of you Dutch coming in at a place like Blackpool"]
  37. 36. Roy Carson and the Old Master!
    Roy Carson
  38. 37. ["I know exactly what I'm doing! I've waited for this moment for so long! Now what good is your money going to you Walter...Now what good!"]
  39. 38. Mary Spratchet
  40. 39. ["So...what did you do?"]
  41. 40. [Talkin' with Joe]
    Sinner
  42. 41. ["They're right! You can't be too careful! The smallest thing might give you away!"]
  43. 42. The Button
  44. 43. ["I've heard what these guys are like, Steve. Looking for the slightest hesitation, waiting for you to slip up. Catch you out."]
  45. 44. Rat in the House
    Kane
  46. 45. ["Sorry, Genevieve! If I am saving anybody -- it's going to be me!"]
  47. 46. ["In the town of Lemans, France, on a February night in 1933..."]
    Who Dunnit?
  48. 47. ["You've done enough killer, smart guy! Now take it yourself!"]
  49. 48. Mike Lancer and the Syndicate of Death!
    Mike Lancer
  50. 49. ["How do I let myself get feeling like this? Why...better men than you have begged me to love them."]
  51. 50. Dark City
    Mike Hammer
  52. 51. ["If you know who he is, he already owns you"]
  53. 52. The Court
  54. 53. ["You're a pal George! Hic...real pal! Got sumpin, hic, for me, George? Whassha got for me, George? Oh parm me... You... You're Harry"]
  55. 54. The Sewer
  56. 55. ["I wonder if she lingers, dressed and her way to the next venue, gazing up into the calm, unknowing ink-blots of their eyes"]
  57. 56. I Keep Coming Back
  58. 57. [no title indexed]
  59. 58. [no title indexed]
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