Classic crime authors

Discussing The Grifters on #perl:

<mendel> What other authors would one want to check out if one were
         becoming a fan of, say, Jim Thompson and Raymond Chandler?
<Fletch> go to amazon and see what they reccomend.  

Why ask people about books when you can ask a machine? Argh.

So, anyhow, I’ll try with a different audience. Hello, audience!

What other authors would one want to check out if one were
becoming a fan of, say, Jim Thompson and Raymond Chandler?
I’m looking for the raw American crime-story style more than
the polished English mystery novel style.

(Thanks due to Stimps for turning me onto Thompson when
I mentioned Chandler eons ago.)

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