Black Mask was the apotheosis of noir. It was the magazine where the first hardboiled detective story, which was written by Carroll John Daly appeared. Read more...
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Black Mask was the apotheosis of noir. It was the magazine where the first hardboiled detective story, which was written by Carroll John Daly appeared. It was the slum in which such American literary titans like Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler got their start, and it was the home of stories with titles like Murder Is Bad Luck, Ten Carets of Lead, and Drop Dead Twice. Collected here is best of the best, the hardest of the hardboiled, and the darkest of the dark of America s finest crime fiction. This masterpiece collection represents a high watermark of America s underbelly. Crime writing gets no better than this.
A Prize Fighter Fighting for His Life
A Parrot that Wouldn t Talk
Dashiell Hammett s The Maltese Falcon as it was originally published
Lester Dent's Luck in print for the first time"
- ISBN-13: 9780307455437
- ISBN-10: 0307455432
- Publisher: Vintage Books USA
- Publish Date: September 2010
- Page Count: 1116
- Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.02 x 1.93 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.66 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2010-08-09
- Reviewer: Staff
Let's put it straight, like a fist in the face: this treasure trove of more than 50 stories and novels offers the best value ever for fans of hard-boiled detective fiction. In the pulp magazine Black Mask (1920–1951), Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler made their bones, with Erle Stanley Gardner and other heavyweights at their heels. As Penzler (Agents of Treachery) notes in his intros to each selection, an amazing number of these writers moved on to movies and TV. Highlights include the complete The Maltese Falcon, the original version from the pulp, unreprinted for 80 years. (Hammett made a couple of thousand changes for the hardcover novel.) The novel Rainbow Diamonds, featuring Raoul Whitfield's Filipino detective Jo Gar, appears in a book for the first time. The iconic story "Sail" by Lester "Doc Savage" Dent shows up in a variant draft, preferred by the author. The only way Penzler can top this one--a bigger book of Black Mask! (Sept.)