Imagine competing in a dance marathon for 879 hours straight (36 1/2 days), where your only breaks come 10 minutes at a time. That's what Robert Syverton and Gloria Beatty do in the classic short novel They Shoot Horses, Don't They? by Horace McCoy. This story of desperate people trying to win $1,000 during the height of the Great Depression is captivating. It's included in the anthology Crime Novels: American Noir of the Thirties and Forties, which leads off with another classic short novel, The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain.
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