William Riley Burnett was born November 25, 1899 in Springfield, Ohio. Moving to Chicago in 1927, he developed an interest in gangsters which prompted him to write his first noir novel, Little Caesar, in 1929. Soon after that overnight success, Burnett moved to Los Angeles, eventually writing 36 novels—including High Sierra and The Asphalt Jungle—and 60 screenplays, as well as songs, plays and short stories.
Nominated twice for an Academy Award, he received both the Grand Master award and an O. Henry Memorial Award. Burnett died on April 25, 1982.

  • The Goldseekers
  • 978-1-944520-29-9
  • "Reminiscent of B. Traven's The Treasure of Sierra Madre."—Robin H. Smiley, Firsts. "The prose tight and action bumpy, the scenery wide-as-all-out-doors, the characters brawling and bawdy by turns."—Kirkus Reviews.

  • Little Men, Big World / Vanity Row
  • 978-1-933586-67-0
  • Two novels that probe the political corruption of a big Midwestern city, where the important deals are always made behind closed doors, and the real power is wielded behind the throne. Burnett was one of the most important crime writers of the 20th century. Rick Ollerman provides an incisive introduction.

  • Little Men, Big World
  • "A practised, precise dossier, shaded by humor and human vulnerability."—Kirkus Reviews
  • This book is now available for your Kindle from Amazon.com and for your Nook at BN.com

  • Vanity Row
  • "Corruption is so pervasive in Vanity Row that ordinary morality seems irrelevant."—Robin H. Smiley, Firsts
  • This book is now available for your Kindle from Amazon.com and for your Nook at BN.com

  • It's Always Four O'Clock / Iron Man
  • 1-933586-24-9
  • The story of a doomed pianist and a poignant story of a champion boxer, with a new introduction by David Laurence Wilson.