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The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) Paperback – September 21, 2010
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There are some classics here - The Maltese Falcon, for one. Its the best in the book, I think, but there is a lot of other memorable stuff too. All sorts of PI fiction is here - a locked room, a "supernatural" case, murders, robberies...you name it. Not all of it was to my taste, but I did enjoy a lot of it. I don't know what a genre enthusiast would get out of it, but as a newcomer it was an excellent start.
Lastly, I should say this is a big heavy book. Its not really feasible for reading on public transport - its not a Complete Calvin & Hobbes volume, but you'd have to be really really keen to successfully read this on a busy train, not to mention lugging it around all day in between.
Also included is the superb William Campbell Gault story, The Bloody Bokhara. Gault's story draws the reader into the personal life of an immigrant Persian rug dealer's son, who himself is drawn into a world of crime and passion. It's about people instead of characters, people so real and vivid that you'll think you know them personally.
A pulp treasure trove!
I love the old detective/crime stories and I'm a huge fan of the black and white 1930's and 1940's films, and this book is another way to get a crime fix; in fact, I'm going to buy the other collections too.
The printing in the paperback edition was done a bit on the cheap and like another reviewer said, the book is so big that it's hard to carry on the plane or elsewhere. But I can highly recommend it and the writing and stories are excellent if you like the tough-guy, hard-boiled, film noir crime and detective genre.
I'd been quietly standing in the shadows of the porch, like a hustler waiting for his mark. The lady in blue was bringing me the woman in red. This meeting had been in the works for days. No escape, no more negotiations, she was mine.
"Hey Sal, been waiting long?" Emma said with a smirk as I stepped from the shadows.
"Naw Emma, I knew you were coming, I got people watching."
She took me to the back of the van and with a little flourish opened the door.
"Here she is as promised."
And so she was. Leaning forward, her face etched with pure hatred. This was the lady in red. Soft and hard all wrapped up in a pretty little package. It was going to be a long, glorious night.
I loved them.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is a great collection of Noir classics.The Maltese Falcon original version alone justified the purchase.Published 2 months ago by Edward J. Weise Jr.
A great collection of stories from Black Mask. At over 1000 pages it took me quite a while to finish..but well worth it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lee R. Toman
Poor packing led to torn edges of cover. Packing material does no good if it doesn't actually cover the product.Published 12 months ago by Ron M.
Not long ago I became a pulp fiction addict. My initial readings lead me to focus on Black Mask stories (I first heard the title in "Archie meets Nero Wolfe: A Prequel to Rex... Read morePublished 14 months ago by HowdyDave
GREAT collection of the hard-boiled genre. I love this anthology. Highly recommended.Published 16 months ago by John E. Palmer
Fast shipping and the book was in fine condition. This is a true cornucopia of Pulp Fiction. I love the lurid cover art of this book and its companion book, " The Big Book of... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mil
Excellent selection of classic hard-boiled and noir stories from the 20s through the 40s. Well worth the Kindle price.Published 17 months ago by Joel Sawyer