The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)

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An unstoppable anthology of crime stories culled from Black Mask magazine the legendary publication that turned a pulp phenomenon into literary mainstream. 
 
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.
 
Featuring

   · Deadly Diamonds
   · Dancing Rats
   · A Prize Fighter Fighting for His Life
   · A Parrot that Wouldn’t Talk
 
Including 

   · Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon as it was originally published
   · Lester Dent's Luck in print for the first time

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Otto Penzler is the proprietor of the Mysterious Bookshop in New York City. He is the founder of The Mysterious Press and Otto Penzler Books, and has received an Edgar Award, an Ellery Queen Mystery Award, and a Raven Award for his contribution to the mystery field. His anthology The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps was a New York Times bestseller.

Keith Alan Deutsch is the publisher and proprietor of BlackMaskMagazine.com, the rights holder for several American pulp classic magazines, including Dime DetectiveStrange Detective MysteriesTerror Tales, and Black Mask.

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This isn’t the first anthology of Black Mask, the seminal and venerated mystery pulp magazine published 1920–51, but it certainly is the biggest. And anthology machine Penzler, whose crime-fiction bona fides are unquestioned, selects a superb list of stories. Some alumni went on to become household names, such as Erle Stanley Gardner, Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and John D. MacDonald, while others are better known to aficionados, such as Fredric Brown, William Campbell Gault, Day Keene, and Cornell Woolrich. Still others will be known only to hard-core fans (anybody remember Norvell Page?). Notable entries include but are not limited to “Luck,” an early, unpublished draft of Lester Dent’s oft-anthologized “Sail”; the serial version of Hammett’s Maltese Falcon, which is different from the book; “Bracelets,” by Katherine Brocklebank, the only woman known to write for Black Mask; and Chandler’s “Try the Girl,” whose protagonist, Carmady, was renamed Marlowe after the success of The Big Sleep. New author biographies plus original artwork and introductions add to the fun. Any serious collection of pulp fiction needs this tome on the shelf. --Keir Graff

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