The Man in the Shadows: The Complete Black Mask Cases of Terry Mack

The Man in the Shadows: The Complete Black Mask Cases of Terry Mack

The first hard-boiled detective character, “Three-Gun” Terry Mack is collected for the first time. This groundbreaking series from the pages of Black Mask magazine set the template for all Black Mask authors to follow. Written by Carroll John Daly, Terry Mack debuted just two months prior to Daly’s most famous creation, Race Williams. Williams’ popularity with Black Mask readers doomed Terry Mack after just two stories, but Daly revisited the character a few years later for a full-length novel, The Man in the Shadows.

This edition contains both Terry Mack short stories, along with The Man in the Shadows, which has never before been reprinted. Includes an all-new introduction by Evan Lewis.

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Sale! The Argosy Library: Series 8 (Ten Book Set)

The Argosy Library: Series 8 (Ten Book Set)

This specially-priced set includes all ten books in Series 8 of The Argosy Library:

Get all of Series 8 at a big discount!

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Satan's Vengeance (The Argosy Library)

Satan’s Vengeance (The Argosy Library)

The influence of an Underworld lord known as The Other Man has crept into the Police Commissioner’s office. This criminal mastermind is forcing the market owners of New York to pay protection to him, and is getting control of all rackets. In desperation, the Police Commissioner appeals to Satan Hall, the cop who believes in killing criminals as they kill others, the one man on the police force that all the Underworld fears. First time in book form. By the creator of the hard-boiled detective story, Carroll John Daly.

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Gangman's Gallows: The Collected Hard-Boiled Stories of Race Williams, Volume 6

Gangman’s Gallows: The Collected Hard-Boiled Stories of Race Williams, Volume 6

Race Williams returns! Originally appearing in the pages of Black Mask Magazine, author Carroll John Daly pioneered the hard-boiled detective P.I. story and perfected the genre with his classic character, Race Williams. Apart from the novel-length Race Williams stories, these classic hard-boiled thrillers have rarely been reprinted, if ever. Volume 6 contains 11 Race Williams stories, all from 1938–41, as Daly closed out his lengthiest period of penning new Race Williams stories for Dime Detective Magazine.

It’s also prefaced by an all-new, scholarly introduction by Professor Brooks E. Hefner of James Madison University. Gangman’s Gallows: The Collected Hard-Boiled Stories of Race Williams Volume 6 continues this most important series published in years on the history of the Hard-Boiled Detective story.

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Just Another Stiff: The Collected Hard-Boiled Stories of Race Williams, Volume 5

Just Another Stiff: The Collected Hard-Boiled Stories of Race Williams, Volume 5

Race Williams returns! Originally appearing in the pages of Black Mask Magazine, author Carroll John Daly pioneered the hard-boiled detective P.I. story and perfected the genre with his classic character, Race Williams. Apart from the novel-length Race Williams stories, these classic hard-boiled thrillers have rarely been reprinted, if ever.

Volume 5 contains the first 11 Race Williams stories, all from 1935–38, as Daly left his long-time home of Black Mask for its main competitor, Dime Detective. And it’s prefaced by an all-new, scholarly introduction by Professor Brooks E. Hefner of James Madison University.

Just Another Stiff: The Collected Hard-Boiled Stories of Race Williams Volume 5 continues this most important series published in years on the history of the Hard-Boiled Detective story.

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Sale! The Dime Detective Library: Series 5 (Six Book Set)

The Dime Detective Library: Series 5 (Six Book Set)

This specially-priced set includes all six books in Series 5 of The Dime Detective Library:

Considered the greatest of all detective pulps to only Black Mask, Dime Detective was the home to dozens of classic, quirky series characters, all with an offbeat twist. Get all of Series 5 at a discount!

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The Complete Cases of Vee Brown, Volume 2 (The Dime Detective Library)

The Complete Cases of Vee Brown, Volume 2 (The Dime Detective Library)

The creation of Carroll John Daly, father of the hard-boiled private eye, Vee Brown—AKA the Crime Machine—plied his trade in the pages of Dime Detective, the classic crime pulp that was second only to the legendary Black Mask in its impact on the genre.

Volume 2 features the Crime Machine’s battles with his greatest nemesis, the Emperor of Evil.

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Black Mask (2019 Yearbook)

Black Mask 2019 Yearbook

Black Mask, the greatest American detective magazine of all time, is back with another issue. This time around, it includes nine new stories in the Black Mask vein by Brian Townsley, Jane Jakeman, Brian Stanley, Hannah Honeybun, William Burton McCormick, Frank Megna, Jonathan Sheppard, Michael Bracken, Jim Doherty, as well as a new article on Raymond Chandler’s The Little Sister by Katrina Younes. In addition, Boris Dralyuk has kindly supplied his translation of Isaac Babel’s “Lyubka the Cossack” and arranged for its reprinting here.

And, as with previous issues, Black Mask collects some of the best hard-boiled detective fiction from the Popular Publications vaults, as written by some of the genre’s best: Dashiell Hammett, D.L. Champion, Carroll John Daly, Frederick Nebel, T.T. Flynn, and Frederick C. Davis.

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Terry Mack #2: Action! Action! (Black Mask eBook)

Terry Mack #2: Action! Action! (Black Mask eBook)

A chance meeting in the night brings together New York City’s roughest private eye Three Gun Terry and runt-of-a-millionaire John Rogo. Over a cup of coffee, Rogo relays a tale to Terry that is all too familiar, despite its setting. Twenty five years ago, Rogo, his brother, and their friends were in South Africa hunting when they discovered fields of diamonds. They all looked to become the next Morgan and Rockefeller. Then, they stuck him: killed his brother and left him for dead, leaving him the deed to an empty mine as a last, cruel joke. But, fate is twisted. Rogo’s mine churns out money by the boatload. The only problem? His newfound wealth attracts the attention of his former comrades, and now they’re pushing him for their share. Rogo needs Terry to find these men, and dispose of them, before he ends up face-down in a city street, a knife in his back. Terry doesn’t hesitate, and is only too eager to take on the challenge, and the cash. But with three men on his tail, and his name less than private, Three Gun Terry will have to shoot his way out before the end, if he wants to survive.

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Terry Mack #1: Three Gun Terry (Black Mask eBook)

Terry Mack #1: Three Gun Terry (Black Mask eBook)

“Better stay out of this… It will mean death for you—sure,” grunts a ruthless thug. But Three Gun Terry is not one to back down from a fight, especially when the life of a beautiful, young dame is at stake. Terry manages to whisk the girl away from certain death, just in the nick of time. But the retrieval brings more money and more trouble for Terry. It turns out the girl—Nita—is fresh off the boat and drop-dead gorgeous, catching his usually business-minded eye. To make matters worse, though, she daughter of a renowned scientist who just discovered a formula that would turn the scientific world—no, scratch that—the entire world, on its head. But great and powerful enemies have swiped the formula and now plan to use it for their own gain. So Nita’s uncle enlists the only man who is willing to stand up to these goons and retrieve what rightfully belongs to science: Three Gun Terry.

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If Death Is Respectable: The Collected Hard-Boiled Stories of Race Williams, Volume 4

If Death Is Respectable: The Collected Hard-Boiled Stories of Race Williams, Volume 4

Race Williams returns! Originally appearing in the pages of Black Mask Magazine, author Carroll John Daly pioneered the hard-boiled detective P.I. story and perfected the genre with his classic character, Race Williams. Apart from the novel-length Race Williams stories, these classic hard-boiled thrillers have rarely been reprinted, if ever.

Volume 4 contains the next batch of Race Williams stories, all from 1932–34 as the door closed on Daly’s long run in Black Mask. Included here are the novels The Amateur Murderer and Murder From the East.

This collection also includes several Race Williams novelettes including “Merger With Death,” “If Death Is Respectable,” “Murder in the Open,” and “The Eyes Have It.” And it’s prefaced by an all-new, scholarly introduction by Professor Brooks E. Hefner of James Madison University.

If Death Is Respectable: The Collected Hard-Boiled Stories of Race Williams Volume 4 continues this most important series published in years on the history of the Hard-Boiled Detective story.

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Shooting Out of Turn: The Collected Hard-Boiled Stories of Race Williams, Volume 3

Shooting Out of Turn: The Collected Hard-Boiled Stories of Race Williams, Volume 3

Volume 3 contains the next batch of Race Williams stories, all from 1929–31 as Daly continued publishing serialized novels in Black Mask. Included here are “The Silver Eagle,” “Tainted Power,” and “The Third Murderer.”

This collection also includes several Race Williams novelettes including “Shooting Out of Turn,” “Murder By Mail,” and “Death for Two.” And it’s prefaced by an all-new, scholarly introduction by Professor Brooks E. Hefner of James Madison University.

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Race Williams #15: Half-Breed (Black Mask eBook)

Race Williams #15: Half-Breed (Black Mask eBook)

Race Williams—Confidential Agent—is not a charitable institution, but the potential of cold, hard cash, not curiosity, will drive Williams to the brink. When a mysterious letter and hotel key from “A Real American” takes him to the twenty-seventh story of a New York skyscraper, Williams arrives early with his gun in-hand. Williams finds an empty room except for the dead corpse of a young Indian man, Race’s “Real American.” With only a corpse and a ticket to Oklahoma as clues, Williams must prowl the mean streets of New York City to find the killer and uncover the mystery as to why he was brought to Room 2740. Story #15 in the Race Williams series.

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Race Williams #17: The Snarl of the Beast (Black Mask eBook)

Race Williams #17: The Snarl of the Beast (Black Mask eBook)

Who is the criminal known only as “The Beast?” Too baffling for the police to solve, it becomes a manhunt in which detective Race Williams must track down “the most feared, the cunningest and cruelest creature that stalks the city streets at night.” But it will soon become Race’s most dangerous case as he tries to stay alive. One of the longest and best of the dozens of Race Williams adventures. Story #17 in the Race Williams series.

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Race Williams #16: Blind Alleys (Black Mask eBook)

Race Williams #16: Blind Alleys (Black Mask eBook)

Five one-hundred-dollar bills call Race Williams to an appointment. When he starts he hasn’t the least idea what it’s all about, and the further he gets into it, the more confused it becomes except that every hand seems against him. It is not long before Race gets mad, which is all that is needed to make him tear loose and see it through. Story #16 in the Race Williams series.

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Race Williams #18: The Egyptian Lure (Black Mask eBook)

Race Williams #18: The Egyptian Lure (Black Mask eBook)

An envelope full of money and a request to join his client at a tough nightclub downtown brings Race Williams face to face with many of the swarthy faces of crime. The shaded, dirty lights of the “Egyptian Lure” allows the Confidential Agent to slink his way through the club, assessing every hardened jaw and rosy-cheeked dame for his potential client. Suddenly, a young dancer is taken unwillingly in a dark corner of the club by a gang of narrow-eyed thugs, but Race Williams is a paid man, and uneasy about abandoning his client. Just then, another dancer informs him: the girl was his bankroll, and now she’s been kidnapped. But the dancer, a good girl named Bernie, paid Williams for action, and that’s what she was gonna get. Story #18 in the Race Williams series.

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Race Williams #20: The Tag Murders (Black Mask eBook)

Race Williams #20: The Tag Murders (Black Mask eBook)

Race Williams thought he had seen it all until he came face to face with the mystery of The Tag Murderer: the killer who left metal emblems pinned to each of his victims’ corpses. Solving the case is only made more complicated when The Flame, Race’s femme fatale, becomes entangled in the mystery: what’s her role? And is Race in her crosshairs too? One of the best adventures in the Race Williams series. Story #20 in the Race Williams series.

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Race Williams #19: The Hidden Hand (Black Mask eBook)

Race Williams #19: The Hidden Hand (Black Mask eBook)

Race Williams had run across criminals before, and a few shots to the head always took care of such threats. But how can Race deal with four separate rogues at once? And what of their ultimate leader, The Hidden Hand? Story #19 in the Race Williams series.

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Race Williams #8: Say It With Lead! (Black Mask eBook)

Race Williams #8: Say It With Lead! (Black Mask eBook)

Race Williams was a man not above using a gun, nor of making a quick buck. But there was one other—Sticker Haddock—who enjoyed murder like one does a game of checkers. So when Haddock’s employer, a well-off politician and bootlegging kingpin, approaches Williams out of fear for his own life, a chance to match wits with Haddock and make $200,000 lands on his table. Although Williams is quick to accept the offer, it may be in vain, for Williams’ own life becomes put in the crosshairs of the man they call “The Shooting Fool.” Story #8 in the Race Williams series.

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Race Williams #9: I'll Tell the World (Black Mask eBook)

Race Williams #9: I’ll Tell the World (Black Mask eBook)

Race Williams was as free from money as an old maid from a pleasant thought. And the sweltering heat of the city only added to his anger, like a raging bull on a chain. So when he discovers and decodes a secret and ambiguous message in the newspaper, he follows the lead and the smell of cash. But Race Williams gets more than he bargained for, much more. A young, slip of a girl is kidnapped in the dead of night, with only Race Williams on her trail. He must trail them through the dark and dismal city before she, and the prospect of money, is gone forever. Story #9 in the Race Williams series.

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Race Williams #10: Alias Buttercup (Black Mask eBook)

Race Williams #10: Alias Buttercup (Black Mask eBook)

Mexican Joe was a sore eye and a bad tooth to the New York City Police Department. So, when he spread-eagled out of a twenty-second story window of a skyscraper and ended as mush amid the Brooklyn traffic, no one batted an eye. Except for Race Williams. A sure buck and a good lead compelled him to the scent of a fresh kill, and the end of a smoking gun. Having narrowly escaped his own close encounter with death, Race Williams must work against a mysterious shadow in the stormy city to solve Mexican Joe’s murder and save his own life in the process. Story #10 in the Race Williams series.

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Race Williams #11: Under Cover (Black Mask eBook)

Race Williams #11: Under Cover (Black Mask eBook)

When Race Williams receives a note to meet in the dead hours of the night on an abandoned roadside, he is leery of the setup. And then a mysterious call warns him that someone will try to kill him tonight. In the Confidential Agent’s mind, if some bird really wanted the opportunity to bump off Race Williams, he’d be willing to give him the chance. But, from what the city knows about Race Williams and his .44, the chances were against the bird. So Race takes the bait, but the thug he meets quickly finds his way to the grave. On the thug’s body, Race finds the torn corner of a thousand dollar bill, and Williams’ curiosity is piqued. The game was just beginning. Story #11 in the Race Williams series.

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Race Williams #12: South Sea Steel (Black Mask eBook)

Race Williams #12: South Sea Steel (Black Mask eBook)

Race Williams is in Honolulu for a little R&R. Whether it be the eloquent “waxing” of a fat and florid businessman or the devil-may-care attitude of Williams, the Confidential Agent purchases a ticket to go traipsing around the Pacific on a little trader that beat its way from island to island. Before he can get aboard and enjoy his vacation, Williams finds himself rescuing a fleeing woman from the knife’s edge, putting her attacker down easily. Yet, before Race can turn and ask if she’s okay, the dame disappears. With no dog in this fight, Williams runs from the scene, too, leaving the bleeding man to fend for himself. How bad could things get for a man who was looking for rest and seclusion? Story #12 in the Race Williams series.

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Race Williams #13: The False Clara Burkhart (Black Mask eBook)

Race Williams #13: The False Clara Burkhart (Black Mask eBook)

Race Williams wouldn’t touch a divorce case with a ten-foot pole. But when Mr. Burkhart, the prosperous owner of the well-known Burkhart & Co. publishing company, oozes through his office door seeking help, Williams is only too quick to jump at the chance for easy cash. The problem? One hundred and fifty thousand dollars of Burkhart jewelry has been stolen and old man Burkhart can’t seem to remember any relevant details of his inherited jewels. To make matters worse, the only prime suspect on Race Williams’ list—Burkhart’s young, beautiful wife Clara—must not be made aware of the misplaced jewels. Can Williams overcome a forgetful old man, a beautiful young wife, and a mysterious tail in time to retrieve the Burkart jewels and save his hide in the process? Story #13 in the Race Williams series.

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Race Williams #14: The Super-Devil (Black Mask eBook)

Race Williams #14: The Super-Devil (Black Mask eBook)

The mean streets have never been so divided, nor so willing, to pay Race Williams for his services. So when private investigators start turning up dead in Coburn, and a dirty gangster warns him not to go, Williams is only too curious to find out what’s amuck in the city. Yet, Race Williams doesn’t work for free, and his services follow the highest bidder. With two warring sides willing to offer him any amount for a job, Williams must walk a thin line to avoid upsetting the wrong man and keep his head on a swivel to avoid being the next to get taken out. Story #14 in the Race Williams series.

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Race Williams #1: Knights of the Open Palm (Black Mask eBook)

Race Williams #1: Knights of the Open Palm (Black Mask eBook)

The first hard-boiled detective Race Williams, runs up against the Klan in his premiere adventure, which leads him to fast and tragic action. Plus two other early Daly hard-boiled classics: “The False Burton Combs” and “Dolly.” Story #1 in the Race Williams series.

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Race Williams #2: Three Thousand to the Good (Black Mask eBook)

Race Williams #2: Three Thousand to the Good (Black Mask eBook)

Race Williams—the classic hard-boiled detective from the pages of Black Mask Magazine—takes on the biggest blackmailing scheme of his career. Plus a bonus Daly hard-boiled classic: “Paying an Old Debt.” Story #2 in the Race Williams series.

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Race Williams #3: The Red Peril (Black Mask eBook)

Race Williams #3: The Red Peril (Black Mask eBook)

For the first time, Race Williams encounters the mysterious masked Red Peril in the biggest case of his hard-boiled career thus far. Story #3 in the Race Williams series.

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Race Williams #4: Them That Lives By Their Guns (Black Mask eBook)

Race Williams #4: Them That Lives By Their Guns (Black Mask eBook)

“Mr. Cardigan… if we come to terms, I’ll go and fetch your daughter back. I don’t want to be considered a killer, but if your son-in-law is as quick as you say, why—I’ll bring your daughter home a widow!” Race Williams travels to Mexico in another hard-boiled classic from the pages of Black Mask Magazine. Story #4 in the Race Williams series.

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Race Williams #5: Devil Cat (Black Mask eBook)

Race Williams #5: Devil Cat (Black Mask eBook)

Hard-boiled detective Race Williams investigates the strangest murder of his career. Another classic from the pages of Black Mask Magazine. Story #5 in the Race Williams series.

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