An incredible assortment of stories from one of history's masters of short fiction.
On the morning of the merger, fog shrouds the offices of Jupiter Steel. On the twenty-first floor, the board of directors gathers to follow the commands of Billy Calm, an unequaled titan of finance. But a few minutes before the meeting, Calm jumps out a window. The chief of security rushes to the street, but where there should be a body, he sees only slush; Billy Calm has vanished into the fog.
'The Long Way Down' is a classic Edward D. Hoch story — elegantly baffling, with prose that will please even the most hard-boiled fans. But this collection contains much more than puzzles. Here are the odds and ends of Hoch's early work, covering espionage, boxing, and every shade of noir — as beautiful as the fog, and as chilling as the first step off the ledge.