Now, I know you saw this and you came here wanting to tell me about Raymond Chandler, sure that I'd never heard of him, but don't bother. I've read all of Chandler and all of Hammett and all of Ross MacDonald. Please recommend some excellent private eye mysteries not written by the big three. I would like something grim and gritty.
Please, no Rex Stout. I've had it with him. I keep giving him one last try over and over again. He just bores me to tears.