Black Mask 4: The Parrot That Wouldn?t Talk: And Other Crime Fiction from the Legendary Magazine

Black Mask 4: The Parrot That Wouldn?t Talk: And Other Crime Fiction from the Legendary Magazine

by Carol Monda, Pete Larkin, Alan Sklar, Jeff Gurner
     
 

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.

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: “Bracelets” by Katherine Brocklebank; read by Carol Monda“Diamonds Mean Death” by Thomas Walsh; read by Alan Sklar“Murder in the Ring” by Raoul Whitfield; read by Jeff Gurner“The Parrot That Wouldn’t Talk” by Walter C. Brown; read by Pete Larkin“Let the Dead Alone” by Merle Constiner; read by Oliver Wyman

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
“Another two-fisted dream fest for hard-boiled fiction lovers.”
Library Journal
Michael Kardos
“Are reminiscent of the swagger, punch, and sass of old-time radio crime dramas. . . . The enthusiastic narrators don’t miss a trick. Like B-movie actors stepping up to their stylized roles, they propel these stories along with cleverness and suspense, making this production just plain fun.”
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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

Library Journal - Audio
This fourth installment of an eventual ten-volume series is a solid follow-up to the initial releases. Along with Walter C. Brown's title story, this outing includes "Bracelets" by Katherine Brocklebank, the series' only female author, and Thomas Walsh's "Diamonds Mean Death." Raoul Whitfield's "Murder in the Ring" and Merle Constiner's "Let the Dead Alone" are the program's standouts. Tackling professional boxing and the crooked owners and promoters interested only in money, "Murder in the Ring" is as gritty a story as you'll ever hear. Narrator Jeff Gurner reads in a perfect clenched-teeth, take-no-crap voice that's nearly lethal. The story follows trainer Gus Monkly, whose big-and-dumb-as-a-slab-of-meat fighter has a title shot. Gus's old gangster pals try to chisel in on the action, but he won't have it. "Dead Alone" finds Atlanta-based investigator Luther McGavick heading to the sticks to unravel a murder with roots 20-years' deep. Narrator Oliver Wyman's reading is as laid-back as a lazy Southern afternoon. VERDICT These stories are of their politically incorrect times and contain ethnic slurs that may offend. Nonetheless, another two-fisted dream fest for hard-boiled fiction lovers.—Mike Rogers, Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611744675
Publisher:
HighBridge Company
Publication date:
12/06/2011
Edition description:
Unabridged; 7 hours
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.50(d)

What People are saying about this

Charles Ardai
“Hardboiled crime fiction was never better than in the pages of Black Mask magazine, and Black Mask has never been better than in these vibrant, exciting audio editions. Close your eyes and you can practically smell the gunfire and whiskey.”
—Charles Ardai

Robert Olen Butler
“The stories of Black Mask and the audio book are a love-match as inevitable and passionate and entrancing as a private eye and a femme fatale. This is a series that will make you want to get in your car in the middle of a rainy night and drive around listening.”
—Robert Olen Butler, author of The Hot Country, a Christopher Marlowe Cobb Thriller

Michael Kardos
“Pitch-perfect performances of stories that are as rollicking as they are artful. I drove from Delaware to Mississippi on one long Black Mask bender, and if it weren’t for the Gulf of Mexico I’d still be driving.”
—Michael Kardos, author of The Three-Day Affair

Joseph Wambaugh
“The Black Mask Audio Series from Otto Penzler is a tribute to early pulp mystery and detective fiction that was highly entertaining, exciting and terrifically written. But this collection is far more than a nostalgic salute to the past, it’s downright fun to enjoy in the present.”
—Joseph Wambaugh

Meet the Author

Pete Larkin is an AudioFile Earphones Award winner and a 2014 Audie Award finalist. He was the public address announcer for the New York Mets from 1988 to 1993. An award-winning on-camera host, Pete has worked on many industrial films and has done hundreds of commercials, promos, and narrations.

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Audie Award finalist Alan Sklar has narrated nearly two hundred audiobooks and has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards.

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