Subtitle: Classic Hard-Boiled Tales from the Original
Winner of the 2010 Audie Award for Short
An Audiofile Best Mystery Audiobook of 2009
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
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
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
"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.
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.
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
"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.
Featuring Richard Ferrone • Grover Gardner •
Anthony Heald • Malcolm Hillgartner • William Hughes • Lorna Raver
• Burt Ross • Rochelle Savitt • Christine Williams • Tom Weiner •
Kaitlin Hopkins • George Guidall • Jeff Woodman
Executive Producer: Josh Stanton
Producer-director: Yuri Rasovsky
Dramatizations: Tanya A. Perez, Griffith Chase
Editorial Director: Keith Alan Deutsch
Sound: John Baker, Andrew Barnes, and Aura Johnson