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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 (Big Book Series)
  • Written by: Otto Penzler
  • Narrated by: Daniel Thomas May, Traci Odom, Eric Jason Martin
  • Length: 73 hrs and 18 mins
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The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps

Written by: Otto Penzler
Narrated by: Daniel Thomas May,Traci Odom,Eric Jason Martin
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Publisher's Summary

Containing over 47 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 new 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
©2007 Compilation copyright 2007 by Otto Penzler, LLC; Foreword copyright 2006, 2007, by Otto Penzler, LLC (P)2020 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Compilation of numerous stories and novels by various authors all with introductions. The paper version consists of 53 chapters in three parts. Audible presents 324 unnamed chapters, no mention of authors or titles, very sad and completely useless. Good luck navigating this nightmare!

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  • 2020-07-13

Such a great collection!!

Great and Gritty stories. Amazing narration. It's so fun to listen to these stories and learn where hard boiled and noir style detective stories started. Highly recommended!!

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  • James R. Modrall
  • 2021-11-17

A time capsule with lots of fun

Many modern mystery writers try to emulate Chandler and Hammett, but this is the real thing. Cops get around by taxi and riding on the running boards of flivvers, many of the women, or "frails" are more or less innocent bystanders, but a surprising number are protagonists, heroes or anti-heroes. Of course there are plenty of ethnic slurs and racist stereotypes as well. But for a trip back to the world of the 20s and 30s, this collection is unbeatable. And a bargain, even considering the authors earned a penny a word!

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  • Carrot
  • 2022-08-06

WOW!

What a neat book. so many authors , so many plots, so many characters and all the thugs and gunmolls are portrayed well by the readers. This is film nor in audio.