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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 by "the seminal and venerated mystery pulp magazine" (Booklist). Never before in audio, these vintage stories are the darkest of the dark, and the best of the best.

Crime fiction fans old and new will delight in rediscovering these taut, character-rich, heart-stopping tales, now on audio for the first time. Includes:

  • "Ten Carats of Lead" by Stewart Sterling; read by Alan Sklar
  • "Murder Is Bad Luck" by Wyatt Blassingame; read by Oliver Wyman
  • "Her Dagger Before Me" by Talmadge Powell; read by Pete Larkin
  • "One Shot" by Charles G. Booth; read by Alan Sklar
  • "The Dancing Rats" by Richard Sale; read by Jeff Gurner

©2010 Compilation by Otto Penzler. Introduction © 2010 Keith Alan Deutsch. (P)2011 HighBridge Company

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