It's nice to see the old masters of noir writing finally getting mainstream recognition, and it's nice to see the respected and literary Library of America come out with a two volume set of classic American crime novels. It's hard to argue with editor Polito's taste: Thompson, Woolrich, McCoy, Highsmith, and Himes all are represented. They even reprint the classic carny novel "Nightmare Alley," out of print for too long. Yet, as wonderful as this collection is, it could have been much better. "I Married a Dead Man" is one of Cornell Woolrich's best books, true, but it's also one of the scant two of his novels that is currently in print, available at bookstores everywhere courtesy of Penguin Books. How about including one of his out of print masterpieces instead, maybe "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes", or "The Bride Wore Black"? And there are dozens of out of print crime novels more worth reprinting then Kenneth Fearing's overrated "The Big Clock." Despite these minor complaints, a solid collection.