"American Crime Stories"

"American Crime Stories"

"American Crime Stories"


Lawrence Block,

 Stanley Ellin,

 Patricia Highsmith,

 John Lutz,

 Mary Roberts Rinehart,

 Nancy Pickard,

 Dashiel Hammett

Criminals in the United States of America are much the same as criminals in any other place. They lie, cheat, steal, carry guns, break into houses - and murder people. Sometimes they get caught, sometimes they don't. And some of them have bad dreams for the rest of their lives.

These seven stories by well-known American writers show us the many faces of crime. There are murders of passion, and of revenge; murders that look like suicides or accidents. There is robbery and mugging, fear and hate, love and laziness. There are the innocent and the guilty - but which are which? And there are the detectives: the amateur Louise, who won't accept that her cousin's death was suicide, and who goes looking for a lipstick; and the coolly professional private eye, who knows whose hand is behind the machine guns and hand grenades on a stormy night in Couffignal.

There are following stories in this book:

‘Death Wish’ by Lawrence Block;

‘Death on Christmas Eve’ by Stanley Ellin;

‘The Heroine’ by Patricia Highsmith;

‘Ride the Lightning’ by John Lutz;

‘The Lipstick’ by Mary Roberts Rinehart;

‘Lazy Susan’ Nancy Pickard;

‘The Gutting of Couffignal’ by Dashiel Hammett.


Text Analysis: Unique words: about 2,500. Total words: about 25,130
Hard words: alibi, ashtray, bandit, boiler, chauffeur, clerk, client, cop, coroner, cripple, crutch, duchess, executed, fiancé, fingerprint, flashlight, fool, gasoline, gas, graze, gutting, hairdresser, hand grenade, hypocrite, inquest, lawn, lipstick, liquor store, machine gun, maid, mainland, make-up, mourning, movie, mugging, nursery, omelet, package, parking-lot, pier, pill, press, princess, psychiatrist, pump, purse, radiator, range, reference, rifle, ruffle, sane, scared, stern, suicide, tank, tattoo, trailer, trigger, wig



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