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A gritty and thrilling anthology of 30 new short stories in tribute to pulp noir master, Cornell Woolrich, author of 'Rear Window' that inspired Alfred Hitchock's classic film.
Featuring Neil Gaiman, Kim Newman, James Sallis, A.K. Benedict, USA Today-bestseller Samantha Lee Howe, Joe R. Lansdale and many more.
An anthology of exclusive new short stories in tribute to the master of pulp era crime writing, Cornell Woolrich. Woolrich, also published as William Irish and George Hopley, stands with Raymond Chandler, Erle Stanley Gardner and Dashiell Hammett as a legend in the genre.
He is a hugely influential figure for crime writers, and is also remembered through the 50+ films made from his novels and stories, including Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window, The Bride Wore Black, I Married a Dead Man, Phantom Lady, Truffaut's La Sirène du Mississippi, and Black Alibi.
Collected and edited by one of the most experienced editors in the field, Maxim Jakubowski, features original work from:
Joe R. Lansdale
Barry N. Malzberg
Paul Di Filippo
Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Joseph S. Walker
Samantha Lee Howe
O'Neil De Noux
Ana Teresa Pereira
About the Author
Maxim Jakubowski is a noted anthology editor based in London, just a mile or so away from where he was born. With over 70 volumes to his credit, including Invisible Blood, the 13 annual volumes of The Mammoth Book of Best British Mysteries, and titles on Professor Moriarty, Jack the Ripper, Future Crime and Vintage whodunits. A publisher for over 20 years, he was also the co-owner of London's Murder One bookstore and the crime columnist for Time Out and then The Guardian for 22 years. Stories from his anthologies have won most of the awards in the field on numerous occasions. He is currently the Chair of the Crime Writers' Association and a Sunday Times bestselling novelist in another genre.
"Dark and gritty, filled with murder, mystery, and intrigue. For the fan of Woolrich and no-nonsense detective stories, you must read Black is the Night." — Seattle Book Review
"[A] fine collection...The jewel in the crown here is William Boyle's "New York Blues Redux," an absolute masterpiece of a story about the denizens of a Brooklyn bar who still find that the day's first shot of rye always 'feels like a miracle. Loaves and fishes type shit.'" — Booklist
All worth the price of admission alone ... whether or not you know anything about Cornell Woolrich. — Shots Magazine
This superior anthology is a welcome companion to In Sunlight or in Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper, edited by Lawrence Block. — Publishers Weekly
PRAISE FOR MAXIM JAKUBOWSKI
"A well written sharp, incisive crime story (much like a dagger thrust should be) is a thing of beauty. There are many in this anthology. Read and enjoy."
– Frost Magazine
"Quality and variety... are guaranteed."
– Morning Star
"Chilling and crafty, and full of devious characters. Not all of the victims are innocent, and the effects of each story will linger long after you close the volume."
– The Girl Who Reads
"It’s good to see earlier contributions from such luminaries as Peter O’Donnell, Julian Rathbone and Larry Beinhart among the star-studded cast which features Ian Rankin, Jeffrey Deaver, Denise Mina and John Harvey."
– Shots Mag
"The daggers are drawn, business ends out. An absolute must read for all crime fiction fans."
– Advance the Plot
"Edgy, twisted and disturbing, Daggers Drawn is a visceral and thrilling collection showcasing the very best modern crime fiction has to offer."
– Book Lover's Boudoir
"[A]n overall entertaining tale of short stories with quite a few enjoyable tales to entice the reader."
– Run Along the Shelves
"I'd definitely recommend this great collection for anyone who is a crime fiction fan."
– Snazzy Books
"[A]n engrossing and entertaining read."
– Annarellix Review