Overview


Detective Terry Lane is a standout homicide cop who thought he’d seen it all . . . until now. 

As tough as Kevin Costner as Eliot Ness of The Untouchables—and just as incorruptible—Lane has seen the darkest side of human behavior.  But he’s never seen a murder spree like this, targeting the wealthy, the powerful and the privileged.  For the evidence is clear: the killers have not emerged from the seamy underside of the city . . . but from six feet under it. ...

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Dead Men Kill

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Overview


Detective Terry Lane is a standout homicide cop who thought he’d seen it all . . . until now. 

As tough as Kevin Costner as Eliot Ness of The Untouchables—and just as incorruptible—Lane has seen the darkest side of human behavior.  But he’s never seen a murder spree like this, targeting the wealthy, the powerful and the privileged.  For the evidence is clear: the killers have not emerged from the seamy underside of the city . . . but from six feet under it.  They are the walking dead, spreading terror and showing no mercy.

Following a trail of drugs, blackmail, and the twisted clues of a seductive nightclub singer, Detective Lane will have to think outside the box…or he could end up inside one, buried alive.

In 1934, while living in New York, the heart of the publishing industry, Hubbard struck up a friendship with the city’s medical examiner—a relationship that started his education in undetectable crime and provided him with authoritative clinical background for his detective stories.

“A rollicking horror yarn [that] taps into the current craze for zombies. . . . heart-pounding.” —Publishers Weekly

*An International Book Awards Winner

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A spree of inexplicable murders baffles Det. Terry Lane—until he stumbles upon proof that the victims were killed by their former servants-turned-zombies who have been brought back to life with the purpose of killing their employers. As Lane gets closer to the source, he too is targeted by the mastermind behind the murders and finds that he could be turned into one of the living dead. The unattributed narrator has all the drive, emphasis, and attitude of a classic suspense reader and provides listeners with a tension-filled atmosphere to enhance the story. Coupled with the full cast and sound effects, the production proves first rate. A Galaxy hardcover (Reviews, Feb. 22). (Feb.)
Fangoria Magazine
What you will find in DEAD MEN KILL, however, is a breezy horror/mystery where almost every sentence ends in an exclamation point (" 'Don't!' screamed Morton. 'Don't come near me! You're dead, man! Get away from me!' "). Readable in one sitting, DEAD MEN KILL is frightful fun from yesteryear.
Publishers Weekly
A spree of inexplicable murders baffles Det. Terry Lane—until he stumbles upon proof that the victims were killed by their former servants-turned-zombies who have been brought back to life with the purpose of killing their employers. As Lane gets closer to the source, he too is targeted by the mastermind behind the murders and finds that he could be turned into one of the living dead. The unattributed narrator has all the drive, emphasis, and attitude of a classic suspense reader and provides listeners with a tension-filled atmosphere to enhance the story. Coupled with the full cast and sound effects, the production proves first rate. A Galaxy hardcover (Reviews, Feb. 22). (Feb.)
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"A hardboiled detective, a beautiful nightclub singer, and a throng of murderous zombies share the stage in Dead Men Kill, originally published in Thrilling Detective (Jul. 1934). R.F. Daley, Jim Meskimen, Matt Scott, John Mariano, Jennifer Aspen, and Lori Jablons deliver expert performances in this production brought fully to life with such fantastic sounds as a zombie’s unrelenting call of “I have come to kill you, Gordon,” an owl’s ominous hooting, and the urgent slamming of Det. Terry Lane’s creaky sedan door. A thrill from start to finish; recommended for all." —Library Journal

"A spree of inexplicable murders baffles Det. Terry Lane—until he stumbles upon proof that the victims were killed by their former servants-turned-zombies who have been brought back to life with the purpose of killing their employers. As Lane gets closer to the source, he too is targeted by the mastermind behind the murders and finds that he could be turned into one of the living dead. The unattributed narrator has all the drive, emphasis, and attitude of a classic suspense reader and provides listeners with a tension-filled atmosphere to enhance the story. Coupled with the full cast and sound effects, the production proves first rate." Publishers Weekly

“Hubbard’s rollicking horror yarn just happens to tap into the current craze for zombies….This fun, campy novella reflects a contemporary revenge vibe felt by those who wouldn’t mind dispatching a few zombies to punish criminally inclined businessmen.” —Publishers Weekly

Library Journal
A hardboiled detective, a beautiful nightclub singer, and a throng of murderous zombies share the stage in Dead Men Kill, originally published in Thrilling Detective (Jul. 1934). R.F. Daley, Jim Meskimen, Matt Scott, John Mariano, Jennifer Aspen, and Lori Jablons deliver expert performances in this production brought fully to life with such fantastic sounds as a zombie's unrelenting call of "I have come to kill you, Gordon," an owl's ominous hooting, and the urgent slamming of Det. Terry Lane's creaky sedan door. A thrill from start to finish; recommended for all.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592125456
  • Publisher: Galaxy Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Series: Stories from the Golden Age
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,304,564
  • File size: 880 KB

Meet the Author


As one of the 20 top bestselling authors of all time, with more than 325 million works in circulation, L. Ron Hubbard stands alongside an illustrious company of writers. But he also stands alone—as an author who actually lived many of the stories he wrote.

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  • Posted May 22, 2011

    Just ok

    Reads like a 50's detective novel. A bit slow, but still interesting enough to make you want to finish. Only 70 pages to the story and then a sneak preview to another story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2010

    I normally only like westerns -- but this was a fun story

    While I normally just like to read westerns, I was sent a copy of this book to read and found it a really fun, totally unlike other zombie stories you are likely to find -- or at least different from any I was familiar with.
    First off, it provides a "plausible" means of creating zombies and from my earlier research on Haiti, this story is pretty much right on the mark. That there is a hard boiled detective coupled with a dangerous dame, made for a great read from beginning to end.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    Review

    A delicious short read. A tasty 1940's "hard boiled" detective story. Words not in use today are highlighted and defined in the (included) glossary. A must read for crime noir junkies.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2012

    Entertaining

    Not my usual cup of tea, but I did enjoy it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2011

    Highly recommend

    Great mystery. Kept me captivated the whole time. If you like mysteries you'll love this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2013

    The book is a quick read but not the most suspenseful novel. If

    The book is a quick read but not the most suspenseful novel. If you're into this era of science fiction you may enjoy it.

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  • Posted July 12, 2013

    In the 1930s and 1940s, readers read pulp fiction - rough cut, p

    In the 1930s and 1940s, readers read pulp fiction - rough cut, pulpwood paper that held stories. Pulp fiction authors were considered no-holds barred entertainers and real storytellers that were interested in thrilling plot twists, horrific villains or white knuckle adventure.

    Dead Men Kill was a short read - literally a matter of a few hours over two nights. (It didn't help that I found it to be quite a page turner.)

    I loved the story. It wasn't your typically zombie story and it held thrill and excitement and mystery. I was actually excited as it neared revealing everything that I was able to piece the puzzle together (at the last minute but still!)

    I highly enjoyed this and will be getting hubby to read this because I truly think he would enjoy this. I'm not sure there is anyone that wouldn't enjoy it. It isn't gross or gore-ish, but is a great, easy read.

    Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2013

    Ummm....

    Hopefully I'm not the only one tired of short reads. As a faithful and avid reader, quite frankly I am tired of the painfully tedious task of finding a length-worthy work. However, I must compliment the author on the literature in question. A rather exceptional read if you enjoy a, "quickie,".

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  • Posted May 28, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    [This short review is for the Kindle version] I really should g

    [This short review is for the Kindle version]

    I really should get the audio version since that really dramatizes the story just like Old Time Radio, but I digress.

    I'm really happy with this product, how they are reprinting these pulps in inexpensive ways for us fans of these kinds of novellas. Dead Men Kill was interesting in its premise about rich businessmen being killed by their "dead" secretaries. And a detective (who gets captured and nearly killed himself) on the trail of the Hyena.

    What is the connection between a Haitian pharmacy, Ms. Lane the exotic dancer, and a man we don't suspect is the real mastermind (who wants to take over the city, of course).

    The plot is nothing new -- bad guy, cynical good guy, a police captain who "doesn't want to hear it" and a beautiful girl who is quite the backstabber!

    Suggested not only for Hubbard pulp fans, but anyone who enjoys those stories from the Golden Age. I have always liked these tales, since listening to the old Dick Tracy and Inner Sanctum radio shows. [[ASIN:B0029L4NMY Inner Sanctum Mysteries, Vol. 3]]

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2012

    No no no not free

    Who do we complain to about books listed for free, that our credit card gets charged?.. don't risk diwnloading this one if you have an active credit card on your BN account!!!!

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2012

    L. Ron Hubbard? Zombies? Really? Can't wait to read it.

    Looks like some zombie noir from yesteryear. Should be fun since it's free.

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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