(1906–1972) was the only writer to achieve equal prominence in the mystery and science fiction genres. His first foray into mystery, The Fabulous Clipjoint, won the Mystery
Writers of America’s Edgar Award for Best First Novel. Brown was also the acknowledged master of the short short story; the famous collection Nightmares and Geezenstacks demonstrates his consummate mastery of a form limited to no more than five hundred words. His short story “Arena” was the basis of a famed Star Trek episode; “Martians, Go Home!” was adapted for a 1992
film; “The Last Martian” was adapted for Serling’s Twilight Zone and starred Steve McQueen at the start of his career.
Brown’s work, more than forty years after his death, is increasingly prominent.
The Screaming Mimiby Fredric Brown
His name really was Sweeney, but he was only five-eighths Irish and he was only three-quarters drunk. But that's about as near as truth ever approximates a pattern, and if you won't settle for that, you'd better quit reading. If you don't maybe you'll be sorry, for it isn't a nice story. It's got murder in it, and women and liquor and gambling and even prevarication. There's murder before the story proper starts, and murder after it ends; the actual story begins with a naked woman and ends with one, which is a good opening and a good ending, but everything between isn't nice. Don't say I didn't warn you.
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Brown's "Screaming Mimi" is a great choice if you're looking for down-and-dirty noir with tight plotting and burly prose. Pretty much impossible to put down once it gets going, with a premise that gets creepier as it chugs along. Some editorial issues with this edition, but at .99 I can only whine so much. If you're unsure which of the noir offerings to check out on your Nook, here is one that's definitely worth a look. Glad I took a chance on it.
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A thriller about an Irish news reporter named Sweeney who gets off a 2 week binge by obsessing over a blond stripper that has an attack dog. His dream is to solve The Ripper Murders. The MacGuffin in this story is a statuette of a terrified girl that takes Sweeney through all the dives and strip joints of Chicago. Lots of colorful characters and a suprise ending. A great story to read on a rainy day in one sitting!