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The first hard-boiled detective, Race Williams, runs up against the Klan in his premiere adventure, which leads him to fast and tragic action. Plus two other early Daly hard-boiled classics: The False Burton Combs and Dolly. Story number one in the Race Williams series.

Carroll John Daly (1889-1958) was the creator of the first hard-boiled private eye story, predating Dashiell Hammett's first Continental Op story by several months. Daly's classic character, Race Williams, was one of the most popular fiction characters of the pulps and the direct inspiration for Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer.

This Black Mask Classic Edition was produced by Pulp-Lit Productions Studios for Steeger Properties LLC, agent for the estate of Carroll John Daly.

©1922, 1923 Carroll John Daly (P)2017 Steeger Properties LLC

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Three Well Read And Enjoyable Short Stories from The 1920s

I completely enjoyed all three of these short stories. They were well read and I was able to listen to one each morning over breakfast. They are three interesting and different stories. Only one is a "Race Williams" story. I liked all three approx. the same amount. Stories One and Three had that sort of New York / Damon Runyon combination of colorful formal speech and slang. Story Two was a sort of 1920s Poe like horror story. It is worth getting to know Carroll John Daly. Thank You...