Tag Archives: Black Mask

Hammett: Prepare Yourself for the Complete Op, In Time for Xmas

In case you haven’t noticed, Vintage Crime announces publication of The Big Book of the Continental Op — just in time for Xmas. I have to check the proof to make sure it is up to my standards, but the … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: FLIVVER GAME (!!!)

Operatives of the Mean Streets scour the country, looking for clews. I know it. I trust you know it. Agent Paul Herman just sent in a report after he “went to a collectible ephemera show in Hartford last weekend.” Naturally, … Continue reading

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Hammett: High Ticket

I don’t keep close track, but I am well aware prices on first editions of Hammett’s novels have jumped into the big money — kicked off by the legendary 1981 auction of the Adrian Goldstone crime fiction collection here in … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Jeopardy! Double-Dips the Black Mask Gang

And good old Jeopardy! has hit the Hammett Clew Pile again! April 5, the category Avian Literature — you don’t have to be an expert in hard-boiled lit to just yell out “The Maltese Falcon!” before any hints get dropped. … Continue reading

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Hammett: Here Comes Da Judge!

I was on the horn yesterday with Brian Leno, and thought to say, “Hey, Brian. Want me to tell you something you don’t know?” Brian didn’t hesitate. “Sure.” “You know that building on TV they keep showing where the Ninth … Continue reading

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Hammett: “Slippery Fingers”

Guess who’s back with another installment of Zobeck: Series Two? You got it. And here’s Terry Zobeck:   The other day, Don sent me a link to a piece by Francis M. Nevins on the Mystery File blog that mentions … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Gumshoe America; or, Race vs. the Klan

In a couple of days I’m dropping in on a party in Tom Krabacher’s lair, and returning his loaner copy of the academic tome Gumshoe America from 200o by Sean McCann. I was curious about it, since among the major authors surveyed … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: More Mask and Daly — and The Munnster Rides Again

Speaking of Carroll John Daly and Black Mask, as I just was, yes, I got the memo on July 19 that Steeger Properties LLC had bought the rights to The Mask — and also acquired rights to the Daly backlog. Since I guess … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Carroll John Who? H. Warner What?

On the tour in recent years (three or four years ago, five, not twenty years ago, not thirty-five) a woman mentioned that her uncle — or maybe he was her great-uncle — like Hammett also had written for the pulp Black Mask. … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: The Influence of Race

Race Williams, that is. . . . I got Them That Lives by Their Guns around Thanksgiving last year, and promised I was going to give it a fair shake. Read each and every story. And read them all I did … Continue reading

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