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The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps : The Best Crime Stories from the Pulps During Their Golden Age--The '20s, '30s & '40s
by Otto Penzler


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The biggest, the boldest, the most comprehensive collection of Pulp writing ever assembled.

Weighing in at over a thousand pages, containing over forty-seven stories and two novels, this book is big baby, bigger and more powerful than a freight train--a bullet couldn't pass through it.  Read more...


 
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Overview

The biggest, the boldest, the most comprehensive collection of Pulp writing ever assembled.

Weighing in at over a thousand pages, containing over forty-seven stories and two novels, this book is big baby, bigger and more powerful than a freight train--a bullet couldn't pass through it. Here are the best stories and every major writer who ever appeared in celebrated Pulps like Black Mask, Dime Detective, Detective Fiction Weekly, and more. These are the classic tales that created the genre and gave birth to hard-hitting detectives who smoke criminals like packs of cigarettes; sultry dames whose looks are as lethal as a dagger to the chest; and gin-soaked hideouts where conversations are just preludes to murder. This is crime fiction at its gritty best.

Including:

- Three stories by Raymond Chandler, Cornell Woolrich, Erle Stanley Gardner, and Dashiell Hammett.

- Complete novels from Carroll John Daly, the man who invented the hard-boiled detective, and Fredrick Nebel,

one of the masters of the form.

- A never before published Dashiell Hammett story.

- Every other major pulp writer of the time, including Paul Cain, Steve Fisher, James M. Cain, Horace McCoy, and many

many more of whom you've probably never heard.

- Three deadly sections-The Crimefighters, The Villains, and Dames-with three unstoppable introductions by Harlan Coben,

Harlan Ellison, and Laura Lippman

Featuring:

- Plenty of reasons for murder, all of them good.

- A kid so smart-he'll die of it.

- A soft-hearted loan shark's legman learning-the hard way-never to buy a strange blonde a hamburger.

- The uncanny "Moon Man" and his mad-money victims.


 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780307280480
  • ISBN-10: 0307280489
  • Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
  • Publish Date: November 2007
  • Page Count: 1150
  • Dimensions: 9 x 7 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.67 pounds


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BookPage Reviews

Mystery of the month

To the best of my admittedly limited recollection, no anthology has been a Tip of the Ice Pick winner to date. That is all about to change with The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps, the latest (and unquestionably, greatest) look at the origins of the modern detective story, edited by Otto Penzler.

Like baseball, jazz and chocolate chip cookies, the hardboiled detective story is a quintessentially American tradition. Pulp fiction was introduced to an eager public in the 1920s, each magazine offering a handful of short stories or novelettes for the princely sum of 10 or 15 cents. During the genre heyday in the 1930s, some 500 titles were on offer each month. As you might imagine, scads of the stories were pure dreck, worth little more than the penny per word that the authors were paid, yet a number of pulp fictioneers went on to international acclaim: Erle Stanley Gardner (Perry Mason), Leslie Charteris (The Saint), Dashiell Hammett (The Maltese Falcon, The Thin Man) and Raymond Chandler (The Big Sleep), to name but a few. Numerous other anthologies have addressed the pulps, but none of them have done so with the scope or sheer size of the Black Lizard offering. Some highlights include an early Erle Stanley Gardner novelette featuring attorney Ken Corning, who will be familiar to Gardner fans as the prototype for Perry Mason, perhaps the genre's all-time favorite protagonist. A special treat for suspense fans is "Faith," a hitherto unpublished story from mystery icon Dashiell Hammett. Kudos to Penzler, editor extraordinaire, both for his story selections and his insightful intros to the anthology and each of its subsections ("Crimefighters," "Villians" and "Dames"). It is exceptionally rare to find a useful reference work so outright entertaining.

 
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