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).
"If I ever see you again, I swear by my own life, I will kill you. You will die by my hand, Dog. Do you hear me? I will kill you, Jacob." As the youngest twin, Jacob spent much of his time finding ways to cheat his brother, Esau. When he takes advantage of his father's blindness and steals the patriarchal blessing, he finds himself fleeing from Esau's wrath. Jacob spends the next twenty years in the service of a man who perfected the art of deception, his uncle Laban.