By Otto Penzler
An unstoppable anthology of crime tales culled from Black masks magazine the mythical e-book that became a pulp phenomenon into literary mainstream.
Black Mask was once the apotheosis of noir. It was once the journal the place the 1st hardboiled detective tale, which used to be written via Carroll John Daly appeared. It was once the slum within which such American literary titans like Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler received their begin, and it was once the house of news with titles like “Murder Is undesirable Luck,” “Ten Carets of Lead,” and “Drop lifeless Twice.” amassed this is better of the simplest, the toughest of the hardboiled, and the darkest of the darkish of America’s best crime fiction. This masterpiece assortment represents a excessive watermark of America’s underbelly. Crime writing will get no greater than this.
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• Lester Dent's Luck in print for the 1st time
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