Black Mask 4: The Parrot That Wouldn?t Talk: 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:

  • “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
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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
“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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611744675
  • Publisher: HighBridge Company
  • Publication date: 12/6/2011
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged; 7 hours
  • Sales rank: 1,405,671
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

CAROL MONDA is a two-time Audie® Award-winning narrator, with over 15 years of experience. She is also a veteran actress and voiceover artist for stage, radio, television, and film.

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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