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Black Mask Audio Magazine, Volume 1

Classic Hard-Boiled Tales from the Original Black Mask · Black Mask

by Various Authors Author · A Full Cast Narrator

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Tough gumshoes, rotten yeggs, and dangerous dames

In the 1930s and '40s, Black Mask was the single most important magazine for the modern mystery field. In its pages writers such as Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and Earl Stanley Gardner reshaped the established view of mystery fiction, creating the "hard-boiled" private eye. Now comes this series in which the toughest of tough detectives are resurrected from its pages in sonic dramatization from the award-winning Hollywood Theater of the Ear.

Stories included in this volume are "Lost and Found" by Hugh B. Cave, "Pigeon Blood" by Paul Cain, "Rough Justice" by Frederick Nebel, "Black" by Paul Cain, "The Missing Mr. Lee" by Hugh B. Cave, "Taking His Time" by Rueben J. Shay, "Trouble Chaser" by Paul Cain, "Waiting for Rusty" by William Cole, and "Too Many Have Lived" by Dashiell Hammett. 

"Lost and Found"
Did a spoiled rich girl die in a plane crash, or is she hiding with her homicidal lover in the Florida Keys? Whose body is that in the wreckage? Who put it there?

"Black"
A big-city tough guy comes to a small Minnesota town to settle a deadly fight between the local crime boss and his chief rival—his son.

"Pigeon Blood"
A society matron's life is threatened after she engineers the theft of her own priceless jewelry to pay off a gambling debt. Only a debonair connoisseur of crime can save her and recover her gems—for a price.

"Taking His Time"
In this comic vignette, a carnival barker's valuable watch gets stolen during an illegal poker game. The local sheriff seems in no hurry to apprehend the thief, until a reward is offered.

"Rough Justice"
Mississippi heat—A Manhattan gumshoe pursues a convict to St. Louis, where he gets mixed up in a cop killing and nearly loses his own life at the hands of a "B" girl.

"Trouble Chaser"
A starlet's plot to blackmail a film-studio executive results in her murder. Only the "trouble chaser" can clear her volatile lover and solve the crime.

"The Missing Mr. Lee"
An eccentric boarding-house denizen winds up dead; his presumed killer, a fellow boarder, has vanished. The baffling case unfolds through the testimony of witnesses, who are themselves suspects.

"Waiting for Rusty"
This account of a fugitive gun moll masterfully compresses the essence of "noir" fiction into three incredibly tense pages.

"Too Many Have Lived"
One of only three Sam Spade short stories, this one involves a blackmailing poet, a seductive chanteuse, her rough-hewn stage-door-johnny, and, of course, murder. Recorded before a live audience in New York.

Publication Details

Publisher:
Blackstone Publishing
Imprint:
Blackstone Audio, Inc., and Buck 50 Productions, LLC
Edition:
Unabridged
Publication Date:
2008
Series:
Black Mask

Format

  • OverDrive MP3 Audiobook 121.1 MB
  • OverDrive Listen 120.9 MB

Hugh B. Cave (Author)

Paul Cain, pseudonym of George Carol Sims (1902–1966), was a pulp fiction author and screenwriter. He was the author of seventeen short stories in Black Mask and wrote the screenplay for The Black Cat.

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Dashiell Hammett (Author)

Frederick Nebel was born on November 3, 1903. He was a charter member of the Black Mask school, a group of writers who worked for the magazine and championed the hardboiled detective noir style of the 1920s. While most of Nebel's published work wa...

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Various Authors (Author)

Yuri Rasovsky (1944-2012) was the leading writer, producer, and director of audio drama in the United States. Also a distinguished actor, narrator, and critic, his numerous honors include two Peabody Awards, eight Audie Awards, and a Grammy.

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Yuri Rasovsky (Director)

Grover Gardner is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the "Best Voices of the Century" and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the...

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Yuri Rasovsky (Producer)

Grover Gardner is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the "Best Voices of the Century" and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the...

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Creators

Author :
Frederick Nebel
Narrator :
Anthony Heald
Narrator :
Richard Ferrone
Author :
William Cole
Author :
Paul Cain
Narrator :
Malcolm Hillgartner
Producer :
Josh Stanton
Author :
Hugh B. Cave
Author :
Dashiell Hammett
Narrator :
Christine Williams
Narrator :
William Hughes
Author :
Various Authors
Other :
Keith Alan Deutsch
Narrator :
Grover Gardner
Narrator :
Tom Weiner
Narrator :
A Full Cast
Director :
Yuri Rasovsky
Producer :
Yuri Rasovsky
Narrator :
Lorna Raver
Narrator :
George Guidall
Narrator :
Jeff Woodman
Narrator :
Richard Allen
Author :
Reuben J. Shay
Narrator :
Burt Ross
Adapter :
Griffith Chase
Narrator :
Kaitlyn Hopkins
Narrator :
Rochelle Savitt
Adapter :
Tanya A. Perez
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