Mouthpiece

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Unlock your inner Sherlock.  It had been a long time since Mat Lawrence went to the city. Only something urgent could take him from his job deep in the desert managing construction of a mammoth power dam . . . something as urgent and shocking as the grisly murder of his father. 

His father dying wasn't a complete surprise to him; the old man was a big-time gangster. Straight-laced and hard-working, Mat had wanted nothing to do with such vices. But he does share at ...

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Overview


Unlock your inner Sherlock.  It had been a long time since Mat Lawrence went to the city. Only something urgent could take him from his job deep in the desert managing construction of a mammoth power dam . . . something as urgent and shocking as the grisly murder of his father. 

His father dying wasn't a complete surprise to him; the old man was a big-time gangster. Straight-laced and hard-working, Mat had wanted nothing to do with such vices. But he does share at least one family trait, a temper that propels him to exact revenge in the traditional family style.

And so, with the "help" of his father's fast-talking criminal attorney, Mat goes after the culprits. But bullets, lies and bedlam follow when he finds himself neck-deep in trouble trying to single-handedly track down his father's killers and a million dollars gone missing. ALSO INCLUDES THE MYSTERY STORIES "FLAME CITY", "CALLING SQUAD CARS" AND "THE GREASE SPOT"

"...is pure entertainment from first page to last with that L. Ron Hubbard touch giving this tale an enduring reading engagement from beginning to end." —Midwest Book Review

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The four crime stories in this collection hark back to a time when the gangster's greatest enemy was an everyman with a righteous chip on his shoulder, and when pulpsmiths like Hubbard (The Phantom Patrol) reveled in writing up their dust-ups in Thrilling Detective, Phantom Detective, and other crime fiction magazines. In the title tale as well as in the arson extravaganza "Flame City," indignant sons single-handedly combat crooks who have discredited their fathers' reputations. "Calling Squad Cars!" is the tale of a disgraced police dispatcher who decides to clear his name by going after the mobster who set him up. "Grease Spot" tells of a wrecker who illegally accesses the police band to get the jump on tow jobs, and who then has to hold off the hoods for the boys in blue when his latest job detours into criminal territory. All four stories show Hubbard's grasp of the hardboiled idiom and his skill at slinging the lingo necessary to make these tales memorable until the next month's magazines replaced them at the newsstands.
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"If you’ve seen any of the Galaxy Press editions of Hubbard’s work then you’ve seen some of the most carefully and beautifully crafted trade paperbacks of our time.” —Mystery Scene

"For fans of golden-era pulp fiction, a winner—four winners, actually." —Booklist

"...for anyone who loves a good mystery.”—Gil Wilson

“…one of the great pulp writers, with colorful prose, lively action writing, exotic locales, fresh variations on standard characters and situations, and well-constructed plots.” —Ellery Queen

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592123568
  • Publisher: Galaxy Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 3/21/2012
  • Series: Stories from the Golden Age
  • Pages: 152
  • Lexile: 790L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.63 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

With 19 New York Times bestsellers and more than 230 million copies of his works in circulation, L. Ron Hubbard is among the most acclaimed and widely read authors of our time. As a leading light of American Pulp Fiction through the 1930s and '40s, he is further among the most influential authors of the modern age. Indeed, from Ray Bradbury to Stephen King, there is scarcely a master of imaginative tales who has not paid tribute to L. Ron Hubbard.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2012

    L. Ron Hubbard could write on many subjects in various genres, b

    L. Ron Hubbard could write on many subjects in various genres, but some of his best work occurs in his adventure stories. Hubbard writes: "In writing an adventure story a writer has to know that he is adventuring for a lot of people who cannot." In this volume titled "Hell's Legionnaire," Hubbard ventures into the world of the foreign legion in three action packed short stories. The first story "Hell's Legionnaire" originally appears in print in the magazine "Mystery Adventures" in 1935. An American Dusty Colton has been sentenced to a penal colony for killing an officer, even though it was self-defense. He manages to escape but runs into a Berber tribal camp. Much to his surprise, he discovers a captive American woman who is being held against her will. He plots his personal escape but since he can't leave her behind, he must be crafty and find an escape route for both of them.

    The second story "The Barbarians" was initially published in the "Dime Adventure Magazine" in 1935. This is the story of Captain Jack Harvey, an American who is in service of the Legion. His mission is to avenge the death of a fellow soldier. Harvey lands behind enemy lines to challenge a Berber tribal chief, but upon confrontation, Harvey gains a new perspective about war.

    In the final story, "The Squad That Never Came Back" was first published in the magazine "Thrilling Adventures" in 1935. Hubbard constructs this tale in flashbacks of a corporal in the Legion, who threatened with death, leads a group of fellow legionnaires to a lost treasure in the Moroccan desert. Hubbard's suspenseful plot engages the reader in incessant action resulting in a captivating page turner.

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