Black Mask 3: The Maltese Falcon: 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...

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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:

  • “The Maltese Falcon” by Dashiell Hammett; read by Jeff Gurner
  • “Cry Silence” by Frederic Brown; read by Oliver Wyman
  • “Waiting for Rusty” by William Cole; read by Pete Larkin
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Audio
This compilation features original writing—never before available on audio—from the pages of Black Mask, the pulp fiction magazine credited with giving birth to the hard-boiled detective genre. Dashiell Hammett’s classic thriller, The Maltese Falcon—an earlier draft of his later published novel—takes center stage. Narrator Jeff Gurner provides a distinct classic noir feel to his characterizations of private eye Sam Spade and the convoluted cast of characters. And while his staccato narration certainly captures the essence of the material, listeners not steeped in the genre’s conventions may find his approach off-putting. The collection’s remaining two short stories also pack a powerful punch. In performing Frederic Brown’s “Cry Silence,” Oliver Wyman ably captures the author’s ironic and strangely folksy tale of unpunished crime. And narrator Pete Larkin—the public address announcer for the New York Mets from 1988 to 1993—provides a chilling depiction of passion and loyalty among thieves in his reading of William Cole’s “Waiting for Rusty.” (Sept.)
California Bookwatch
“Joins others in the Black Mask Stories series in providing a gripping narrative perfect for any fan of audio crime fiction.”
California Bookwatch
California Bookwatch - Joseph Wambaugh
“Narrator Jeff Gurner provides a distinct classic noir feel to his characterizations of private eye Sam Spade and the convoluted cast of characters. . . . The collection’s remaining two short stories also pack a powerful punch.”
Publishers Weekly
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
“Joins others in the Black Mask Stories series in providing a gripping narrative perfect for any fan of audio crime fiction.”
California Bookwatch
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611744644
  • Publisher: HighBridge Company
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Format: CD
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Otto Penzler
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.

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