Black Mask Audio Magazine, Vol. 1 (audiobook)

Classic Hard-Boiled Tales from the Original Black Mask

Read by a full cast
5.1 hrs • 4 CDs• 1 MP3 CD • Audio Theater
Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Target Audience: Adult
Release Date: 01/01/09
Library CD Library Edition CD titles are packaged in an attractive, full-sized, durable vinyl case with full color art. Cloth Sleeves keep compact discs protected and in numerical order. 
- 01/01/09 9781433248504
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MP3 CD MP3-CDs: Come in a durable vinyl case similar to a dvd case. An index of contents and tracking information are included within the Mp3-CD format. MP3's can be played on any compatible CD player 
- 01/01/09 9781433248528
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Playaway Playaway: Playaway editions are a pre loaded audio device that is half the size of deck of cards. Simply plugin headphones and listen. 
- 05/01/10 9781441748751
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An AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year of 2009 (Mystery)

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?

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.

Review Quotes

“Blackstone Audio returns listeners to the thrilling days of yesteryear with some of the best takes from the most popular hard-boiled mystery publication of the 1930s and ’40s, Black Mask Magazine. This first volume has performances by 14 of today’s top audio narrators, including Richard Ferrone, Grover Gardner, Jeff Woodman, Christine Williams, George Guidall, Richard Allen, Lorna Raver, and Tom Weiner. Directed by Yuri Rasovsky, the production has plenty of period music and wonderful sound effects. For those old enough to remember, it’s a déjà vu of radio days—but even better. The standout stories are ‘Taking His Time,’ ‘Trouble Chaser,’ and ‘Pigeon Blood.’ These shorts, highly acclaimed in the 1930s, are given new life by some of the best voices of our time.”