The Fatal Frontier

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As Dashiell Hammett pointed out years ago, there is a direct link between crime fiction and Western fiction, the cowboy hero becoming the private eye. The stories in The Fatal Frontier demonstrate how the Western tradition has fed directly into current crime fiction, producing colorful, exciting and eminently readable re-creations of the America of the last century.
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Overview

As Dashiell Hammett pointed out years ago, there is a direct link between crime fiction and Western fiction, the cowboy hero becoming the private eye. The stories in The Fatal Frontier demonstrate how the Western tradition has fed directly into current crime fiction, producing colorful, exciting and eminently readable re-creations of the America of the last century.
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Readers might be surprised to see stories by Loren Estleman, Marcia Muller and Joe Gores set in the old West. They shouldn't be. Bill Pronzini's introduction notes that the heroic figures of crime fiction can be traced to rugged American frontiersmen, an idea put forward by Dashiell Hammett (also the premise of Robert B. Parker's doctoral dissertation). Gorman and Greenberg have collected western crime stories by some of the best contemporary mystery and crime writers. Elmore Leonard's "The Boy Who Smiled" tells a classic tale of long-delayed frontier revenge. Gores scores with "Gunman in Town," a story of a smitten young man framed for a rape that never happened. Far from his usual upscale Boston precincts, Jeremiah Healy stages a western showdown with a twist in "To Tally the Dead." Livia Washburn literally combines old westerns with 20th-century detective stories in "Hollywood Guns," which features Lucas Hallam, a part-time PI who also works as a movie stuntman. Getting his gun repaired for a William S. Hart epic, Hallam is led by his knowledge of western lore into a real shoot-out. John Jakes, Brian Garfield and Jon L. Breen are among the 23 excellent writers heading down these mean trails.
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Readers might be surprised to see stories by Loren Estleman, Marcia Muller and Joe Gores set in the old West. They shouldn't be. Bill Pronzini's introduction notes that the heroic figures of crime fiction can be traced to rugged American frontiersmen, an idea put forward by Dashiell Hammett (also the premise of Robert B. Parker's doctoral dissertation). Gorman and Greenberg have collected western crime stories by some of the best contemporary mystery and crime writers. Elmore Leonard's "The Boy Who Smiled" tells a classic tale of long-delayed frontier revenge. Gores scores with "Gunman in Town," a story of a smitten young man framed for a rape that never happened. Far from his usual upscale Boston precincts, Jeremiah Healy stages a western showdown with a twist in "To Tally the Dead." Livia Washburn literally combines old westerns with 20th-century detective stories in "Hollywood Guns," which features Lucas Hallam, a part-time PI who also works as a movie stuntman. Getting his gun repaired for a William S. Hart epic, Hallam is led by his knowledge of western lore into a real shoot-out. John Jakes, Brian Garfield and Jon L. Breen are among the 23 excellent writers heading down these mean trails. (Jan.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786005970
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 12/1/1998
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.86 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

Ed Gorman, winner of numerous awards, including the Shamus, the Spur, and the International Fiction Writer’s Award, is the author of many novels, including Cold Blue Midnight and the first two Sam McCain mysteries, The Day the Music Died and Wake Up Little Susie. He has also been nominated for the Edgar, the Anthony, the Golden Dagger, and the Bram Stoker Awards. He lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
The Boy Who Smiled 3
Vigilante 16
The Time of the Wolves 27
The Woman at Apache Wells 41
Not a Lick of Sense 50
The Tarnished Star 57
Hacendado 72
The Skinning Place 84
Winston's Wife 199
Gunman in Town 211
Hollywood Guns 223
Fool's Gold 230
Mckinney's Revenge 239
To Tally the Dead 263
Shadow Quest 277
Pards 284
A Private Vengeance 306
Enough Rope 317
The Hanging of Chick Dupree 328
The Ghost with Blue Eyes 347
Riverboat Fighter 387
Bullet for Bullet 400
Mago's Bride 411
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