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The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories Paperback – Sep 21 2010

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  • Paperback: 1136 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard; Reprint edition (Sept. 21 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307455432
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307455437
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 4.7 x 23.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #113,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

OTTO PENZLER is a renowned mysteryeditor, publisher, columnist, and owner ofNew York's The Mysterious Bookshop, the oldest and largest bookstore solely dedicated to mystery fiction.He has edited more than fifty crime-fiction anthologies.

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Read some stories and makes for very good reading about crime in the 1920's-1951-Realy love this big thick big of old crime. would recommend this book. A very good read.
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From the 1920`s to the 1950`s, Black Mask was the premier magazine for hard boiled detective fiction. Many famous writers got their start there, Hammett, Chandler, Woolrich, to name a few.

This compilation gathers together 53 of those stories, including two full length novels, Hammett`s "The Maltese Falcon" and Raoul Whitfield`s "Rainbow Murders".

Together with a companion volume, "The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps" there`s enough noir crime material to keep one entertained for months.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9fe69660) out of 5 stars 32 reviews
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fe761b0) out of 5 stars The book you could read forever Aug. 26 2012
By Manly Reading - Published on Amazon.com
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It took me about 6 months to read this book at one story a night, its so damn big. 1100+ pages of stories out of Black Mask Magazine from 1920-1950, with an introduction or two. As a newcomer to the crime genre, this worked as a pretty good introduction to how it was: I don't know I have become a avid reader of the field, but on the other hand, I have read a heck of a lot of it just by reading this book. In fact, just to test myself upon finishing the book I started again at the beginning, and it was like reading it all over again afresh, it had been so long. In theory you could read this book over and over, I suppose.

There are some classics here - The Maltese Falcon, for one. Its the best in the book, I think, but there is a lot of other memorable stuff too. All sorts of PI fiction is here - a locked room, a "supernatural" case, murders, robberies...you name it. Not all of it was to my taste, but I did enjoy a lot of it. I don't know what a genre enthusiast would get out of it, but as a newcomer it was an excellent start.

Lastly, I should say this is a big heavy book. Its not really feasible for reading on public transport - its not a Complete Calvin & Hobbes volume, but you'd have to be really really keen to successfully read this on a busy train, not to mention lugging it around all day in between.
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HASH(0x9fe763fc) out of 5 stars Love it! July 23 2011
By Johnboy1 - Published on Amazon.com
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I read both of his books, and enjoyed each one immensely. I sure hope there will be others in this series. I wasn't even born when these stories were written, but thanks to Otto Penzler, I have had the opportunity to do just that. If you like murder mysteries as much as I do, don't pass these books up (Black Lizard Big Book Of Pulps and Black Lizard Big Book Of Black Mask Stories). Together, they afford a reader many hours of immeasurable enjoyment. Please, Mr. Penzler! Give us more!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fe763c0) out of 5 stars Super collection for hours of good reading Dec 31 2011
By Pard - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this on a lark and I'm so glad I did. There are a huge number of very famous crime authors who got their start with these stories and each story is better than the one before. Makes excellent casual reading, although some of the stories are full-length crime novels.

I love the old detective/crime stories and I'm a huge fan of the black and white 1930's and 1940's films, and this book is another way to get a crime fix; in fact, I'm going to buy the other collections too.

The printing in the paperback edition was done a bit on the cheap and like another reviewer said, the book is so big that it's hard to carry on the plane or elsewhere. But I can highly recommend it and the writing and stories are excellent if you like the tough-guy, hard-boiled, film noir crime and detective genre.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fe768b8) out of 5 stars Fantastic pulp Dec 7 2013
By frequent buyer - Published on Amazon.com
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My husband and son love pulp. I got it for my husband and then for my cross-country son. Now all they talk about on the phone are the stories. They have another series of his, and he's the host of crime movies on TCM, which gives him special attention on our favorite channel. Mommy gets no credit for finding the book and I'm locked out of the conversation!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fe76750) out of 5 stars Worth Every Nickle June 13 2013
By Dan McFist - Published on Amazon.com
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When I realized The Maltese Falcon was in this book, I felt ripped off because I'd already read it. After reading the serial version in this book, I wanted to kiss the editor's ring for including it. It is far superior to the novel version.

Also included is the superb William Campbell Gault story, The Bloody Bokhara. Gault's story draws the reader into the personal life of an immigrant Persian rug dealer's son, who himself is drawn into a world of crime and passion. It's about people instead of characters, people so real and vivid that you'll think you know them personally.

A pulp treasure trove!