Tag Archives: Black Mask

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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Rediscovered: Race Williams Lamps a Flivver

How about another volley in my Great Flivver War of 2015 against the dummy dumb dumbos in Robert E. Howard fandom who don’t know that a flivver is a Ford (and usually a Model T Ford)? As I told them, I have many … Continue reading

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Hammett: A Wandering Sentences Job

It was another case for Race Zobeck, Confidential Pure Text Dick. The email came winging in lazily over the transom. The client’s monicker was LaViolette. Marc LaViolette. At least that’s what he claimed. . . . He’d gotten bit by the … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Race Williams Roscoes Again!

One thing among others I can be thankful for is that a book can still knock me out purely as a physical item. Not every book that comes through my hands. Not all the time — not nearly enough of the … Continue reading

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Hammett: That White-Hot Burst in 1925

Image at top: holding down a table at the Mechanics’ Library talk while Nathan Ward merrily signs a copy of his new bio of Hammett. Image at bottom: before we start the proceedings (clew: my wine glass is loaded) we gear … Continue reading

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