This is a fun to read anthology of first cases in print that introduced us fans to our favorite private detectives. It's just too good to keep to myself. Enjoy!
Here's a list of the stories, the characters and their authors. If any of them are unfamiliar to you, you might want to check out their other stories and see what you've been missing!
"No One Likes to be Played for a Sucker," with Dan Fortune, by Michael Collins.
"It's a Lousy World," with the nameless detective by Bill Pronzini
"File #1: The Mayfield Case," starring Dan Kearny, by Joe Gores.
"Out the Window," starring Matthew Scudder, by Lawrence Block.
"Where is Harry Beal?" starring Nudger, by John Lutz
"Merrill-Go-Round," starring Sharon McCone, by Marcia Muller.
"The Steinway Collection," starring Miles Jacoby, by Robert J. Randisi.
"Robber's Roost," starring Amos Walker, by Loren D. Estleman.
"The Takamou Joseki," starring V. I. Warshawski, by Sara Peretsky.
"Long Gone," sttaring Kinsey Millhone, by Sue Grafton.
"C is for Cookie," starring Ben Perkins, by Rob Kantner.
"The Strawberry Teardrop," starring Nathan Heller, by Max Allan Collins.
"Till Tuesday," starring John Francis Cuddy, by Jeremiah Healy.
"Lucky Penny," starring Carlotta Carlyle, by Linda Barnes.
"Mary, Mary, Shut the Door," starring Haggerty, by Benjamin M. Schutz.
Collection of short stories that were the first appearances of some well-known, contemporary mystery sleuths. Authors included: Sue Grafton, Sara Paretsky, Lawrence Block, Marcia Muller, Michael Collins, Bill Pronzini, Joe Gores, John Lutz, Robert Randisi, Loren Estleman, Rob Kammer, Max Allan Collins, Jeremiah Healy, Benjamin M. Schutz, Linda Barnes. Edited by Robert J. Randisi.