Ellin is clear, dark and chilling. What's more, he is one of the few writers who has something to say to hard-boiled fans as well as classicists
Ellin consistently wrote the best mystery stories of his time'
America's master craftsman of the mystery short story
A macabre little tale about an unusual restaurant in Manhattan and its lonely patrons, it displayed both a debt to Edgar Allan Poe and an acute understanding of human nature that is the key to the success of his work
The great talent he has brought back to the crime story is imagination ... his work is a landmark in the history of the crime short story
A skill and passion that made him one of the top American writers of this century, regardless of genre