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Black Mask 2: Murder IS Bad Luck: And Other Crime Fiction from the Legendary Magazine

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From its launch in 1920 until its demise in 1951, the magazine Black Mask published pulp crime fiction. The first hard-boiled detective stories appeared on its pages. Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, Erle Stanley Gardner and John D. MacDonald got their start in Black Mask. The urban crime stories that appeared in Black Mask helped to shape American culture. Modern computer games, films, and television are rooted in the fiction popularized by ?the seminal and venerated ...
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Overview

From its launch in 1920 until its demise in 1951, the magazine Black Mask published pulp crime fiction. The first hard-boiled detective stories appeared on its pages. Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, Erle Stanley Gardner and John D. MacDonald got their start in Black Mask. The urban crime stories that appeared in Black Mask helped to shape American culture. Modern computer games, films, and television are rooted in the fiction popularized by “the seminal and venerated mystery pulp magazine” (Booklist).

Otto Penzler selected and wrote introductions to the best of the best, the darkest of these dark, vintage stories for the collection The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories. Now that collection is available for the first time on audio.

Includes:

  • “Ten Carats of Lead” by Stewart Sterling; read by Alan Sklar
  • “Murder Is Bad Luck” by Wyatt Blassingame; read by Oliver Wyman
  • “Her Dagger Before Me” by Talmadge Powell; read by Pete Larkin
  • “One Shot” by Charles G. Booth; read by Alan Sklar
  • “The Dancing Rats” by Richard Sale; read by Jeff Gurner
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Editorial Reviews

The Bookwatch
“Any fan of crime stories and radio shows will find these a compelling listen, spiced with a variety of accomplished narrators.”
The Bookwatch
The Bookwatch - Joseph Wambaugh
“[Alan] Sklar as well as Jeff Gurner, Pete Larkin, and Oliver Wyman appropriately channel tough-guy personas, reminiscent of characters played by Humphrey Bogart and Robert Mitchum.”
Booklist
Michael Kardos
“There is gold in every set. . . . Hitting like a Tommy gun blast, these pulse-pounding collections will leave mystery hounds panting for the next installment.”
Library Journal [starred review]
From the Publisher
“Any fan of crime stories and radio shows will find these a compelling listen, spiced with a variety of accomplished narrators.”
The Bookwatch
Booklist
“[Alan] Sklar as well as Jeff Gurner, Pete Larkin, and Oliver Wyman appropriately channel tough-guy personas, reminiscent of characters played by Humphrey Bogart and Robert Mitchum.”
Booklist
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611744613
  • Publisher: HighBridge Company
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Format: CD
  • Pages: 390
  • Sales rank: 1,415,283
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

PETE LARKIN has wide and deep voiceover and on-camera experience and has worked in virtually all media. In addition to his extensive narration and theater work, he has served as the public address announcer for the New York Mets from 1988-1993 and as a radio personality in Baltimore, Washington and New York.

OTTO PENZLER has edited numerous mystery anthologies including The Encyclopedia of Mystery and Detection (with Chris Steinbrunner) and The Lineup, both Edgar Award winners. He is the proprietor of the Mysterious Bookshop in Manhattan and founder of the Mysterious Press, now a Grove/Atlantic imprint.

ALAN SKLAR has narrated over 75 audiobooks and earned numerous awards for his work. He has also provided the voice for thousands of corporate and medical videos, as well as many radio and TV commercials. He lives with his wife in New York.

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