A decent collection of noir stories about SF. The best section was the old stories- Jack London’s “South of the Slot” with Freddie Drummond (sociology professor) and his alter ego Bill Totts (labor union leader). Dashiell Hammett, Ambrose Bierce. The rest of the book was more filler, stories from people like Don Herron (who runs the Dashiell Hammett walking tour, and pretends to write like him), and Marcia Muller (who wrote a pedestrian tale about a faked GG Bridge suicide). Mediocre writing outside of the masters’ stuff.