Hard-boiled detective mysteries at their best
Published by Highbridge Audio in 2012
Duration: 6 hours, 31 minutes.
Narrated by Peter Ganim, Richard Ferrone, Jeff Gurner, David Ledoux
Black Mask magazine was a classic of the era of the pulp magazines. It's specialty was detective stories. If you love the movies with the hard-boiled detective in a trench coat with a smart mouth, a quick gun and even quicker fists who gets hired by some "dame" then this is your series.
|Erle Stanley Gardner (1889-1970)|
Ironically, Gardner's story is the weakest (meaning it was merely pretty good, but not great) in this very strong collection. If you like lines like, "It was a perfect setting for murder," this is a good bet for you. These are the classic stories that became the movies that shaped our views of what makes a detective story and they are a lot of fun in their original glory.
I rate this audiobook 4 stars out of 5. It can be found on Amazon.com here: Black Mask Stories #7: The Shrieking Skeleton and Other Crime Fiction from the Legendary Magazine.
Reviewed on September 14, 2012.