The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories by Otto Penzler
(Vintage Crime/Black Lizard Original)

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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


From the Trade Paperback edition.
 

About Otto Penzler

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Otto Penzler lives in New York City.
 
Published May 9, 2012 by Vintage. 1138 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Let's put it straight, like a fist in the face: this treasure trove of more than 50 stories and novels offers the best value ever for fans of hard-boiled detective fiction. In the pulp magazine Black

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Penzler presents a great collection of classic pulp fiction from the pages of Black Mask.

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New York Journal of Books

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The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories is an affordable omnibus of entertaining crime stories from a uniquely American magazine that will occupy many a pleasurable evening.

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New York Journal of Books

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The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories is an affordable omnibus of entertaining crime stories from a uniquely American magazine that will occupy many a pleasurable evening.

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The stories themselves, for the most part, have probably turned back into the pulp from whence they came, so Penzler and Vintage Books has done a real service in providing a few of the better yarns in a book heavy enough to crush a skull.

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