The Naked City: Urban Crime Fiction in the USA
The mean streets of San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago have dominated American crime fiction from Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett to Sara Paretsky and Ed McBain. Like Marlowe and V.I. Warshawski before him, Ralph Willett undertakes a lone investigation into the dangerous realms of urban American detective fiction, uncovering clues to their grip on the popular imagination, text by text and city by city.
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