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By Otto Penzler

An unstoppable anthology of crime tales culled from Black masks magazine the mythical e-book that grew to become a pulp phenomenon into literary mainstream. 
Black Mask was once the apotheosis of noir.  It used to be the journal the place the 1st hardboiled detective tale, which was once written via Carroll John Daly appeared.  It used to be the slum within which such American literary titans like Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler received their commence, and it was once the house of reports with titles like “Murder Is undesirable Luck,” “Ten Carets of Lead,” and “Drop lifeless Twice.” accrued here's better of the easiest, the toughest of the hardboiled, and the darkest of the darkish of America’s best crime fiction. This masterpiece assortment represents a excessive watermark of America’s underbelly. Crime writing will get no higher than this.

   • Deadly Diamonds
   • Dancing Rats
   • A Prize Fighter battling for His lifestyles
   • A Parrot that Wouldn’t speak

   • Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon because it used to be initially released
   • Lester Dent's Luck in print for the 1st time

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