By Rex Stout
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Nero Wolfe needs to song down a killer who murders his sufferers merely in the course of vacations and who, up to now, has left Wolfe with 4 perplexing instances to solve.
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It’s the butler. It’s the butler. ” (p. 13) 17 Encyclopedia of Film Noir REFERENCES Bick, Ilsa J. 1995. ” In The Maltese Falcon. John Huston, Director, ed. William Luhr, 181–202. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. Borde, Raymond, and Etienne Chaumeton. 1966. Panorama du Film Noir Américain (1941– 1953). Paris: Éditions de Minuit. Chartier, Jean-Pierre. 1999. ” In Film Noir Reader 2, ed. Alain Silver and James Ursini, 21–73. New York: Limelight Editions. Frank, Nino. 1999. ” In Film Noir Reader 2, ed.
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Unlike Daly, Hammett had firsthand experience of the underworld as an operative for the Pinkerton National Detective Service. When “Captain” Joseph T. Shaw took over the editorship of Black Mask in 1926, he recognized Hammett’s talent and encouraged Raymond Chandler, and other writers, to emulate Hammett’s sparse, tough writing style. Shaw’s period as editor of Black Mask, which ended in 1936, was significant as the magazine maintained a high standard of crime fiction with regular stories from Erle Stanley Gardner (Perry Mason), Raymond Chandler, Raoul Whitfield, Brett Halliday (Michael Shayne), Cornell Woolrich, Louis L’Amour, George Harmon Coxe, Frederick Nebel, Horace McCoy, Max Brand, Steve Fisher, Frank Gruber, 22 The Hard-Boiled Influence W.