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Who is the criminal known only as "The Beast?" Too baffling for the police to solve, it becomes a manhunt in which detective Race Williams must track down "the most feared, the cunningest and cruelest creature that stalks the city streets at night."

But it will soon become Race's most dangerous case as he tries to stay alive. One of the longest and best of the dozens of Race Williams adventures.

Story 17 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.

©1927 Carroll John Daly (P)2017 Steeger Properties LLC

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  • RJ
  • Cottage Grove, MN, United States
  • 03-12-18

Gritty detective novel.

Here we have volume 17 of a long series named Race Williams. Our protagonist Race Williams is a savvy, slippery private detective in New York City circa 1930. There is a sub-plot involving a sister, brother, and a will, but the main focus is on the capture of a large, cunning, murdering criminal known as “The Beast”. This tale is billed as “one of the longest and best of the Race Williams adventures” and is considered by some as the first of the pulp fiction detectives. Pay attention to the dialogue, it takes you back. The writing is very good and the story keeps you interested once you get used to the narration. I am not a fan of this type of story-telling, it reminds me of the old radio mysteries; everything told from first person perspective. This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.