The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps by Otto Penzler
The Best Crime Stories from the Pulps During Their Golden Age--The '20s, '30s & '40s (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard Original)

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The biggest, the boldest, the most comprehensive collection of Pulp writing ever assembled.

 

Weighing in at over a thousand pages, containing over forty-seven 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 never before published 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.

• Three deadly sections–The Crimefighters, The Villains, and Dames–with three unstoppable introductions by Harlan Coben,

Harlan Ellison, and Laura Lippman

 

Featuring:

 

• Plenty of reasons for murder, all of them good.

• A kid so smart–he’ll die of it.

• A soft-hearted loan shark’s legman learning–the hard way–never to buy a strange blonde a hamburger.

• The uncanny “Moon Man” and his mad-money victims.




From the Trade Paperback edition.
 

About Otto Penzler

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Otto Penzler lives in New York City.
 
Published December 24, 2008 by Vintage. 1168 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.

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Paying a mere $25 seems almost a crime itself.

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The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories finds editor Otto Penzler following up his 2007 anthology The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps with "a sequel of sorts" as he describes it in the foreword, which focuses solely on the work from the famed pulp magazine.

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A mammoth tome at over 1,000 pages the book contains more than 50 crime stories from the ‘20s, ‘30s and ‘40s that appeared in pulp magazines such as Black Mask, Dime Detective, Gangster Stories, and Gun Molls, and includes their original artwork.

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PopMatters

Weighing in at over 1,100 double-columned pages, The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps, seeks not just to anthologize the best of the hard-boiled detective stories from the pulp magazines of the 1920s and ‘30s, but to emulate what must’ve been the party line of the publishers: it’s all about quantity.

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Seattle PI

The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories finds editor Otto Penzler following up his 2007 anthology The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps with "a sequel of sorts" as he describes it in the foreword, which focuses solely on the work from the famed pulp magazine.

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