Laughing Death

Laughing Death is a story of gunfire and airships, of love and revenge. Sanford Greer (S.G.), Prosecuting Attorney of Center City, is put “on the spot” by five men. Gary Greer, who is the pilot in charge of the South Side Airport, starts out to get those five men and avenge his father’s death.

Swift, written in dynamic prose, thrill piled on thrill, this book by Raoul Whitfield has the gusto of an Edgar Wallace, and something of the power of a Dashiell Hammett.

Quite possibly Raoul Whitfield’s best novel, it has achieved legendary status due to its rarity, no doubt due to it appearing in desirable issues of Black Mask which also published serial installments of The Maltese Falcon and The Glass Key. Rarely have readers had the chance to read this superior series in its original form, until now.

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Laughing Death is a story of gunfire and airships, of love and revenge. Sanford Greer (S.G.), Prosecuting Attorney of Center City, is put “on the spot” by five men. Gary Greer, who is the pilot in charge of the South Side Airport, starts out to get those five men and avenge his father’s death.

Swift, written in dynamic prose, thrill piled on thrill, this book by Raoul Whitfield has the gusto of an Edgar Wallace, and something of the power of a Dashiell Hammett.

Quite possibly Raoul Whitfield’s best novel, it has achieved legendary status due to its rarity, no doubt due to it appearing in desirable issues of Black Mask which also published serial installments of The Maltese Falcon and The Glass Key. Rarely have readers had the chance to read this superior series in its original form, until now.

“Whitfield was the single most prolific contributor the Black Mask magazine during the Shaw years, and his style varied from medium to hard-boiled. [Laughing Death] was written in his hardest vein, akin to his best known novel Green Ice, with clipped, terse prose and plenty of tough dialogue.”—Evan Lewis

Written by Raoul Whitfield; cover by Jes Schlaikjer; introduction by James Reasoner

Laughing Death by Raoul Whitfield contains the following stories:

  • “On the Spot”
  • “Out of the Sky”
  • “The Pay-Off”
  • “High Odds”
  • “Within the Circle”
  • “The Carnival Kill”
  • “River Street Death”
  • “The Squeeze”
  • “Sal the Dude”

Dimensions

6" x 9"

Pages

248

Publication Date

July 31, 2021

Author

Arthur Rodman Bowker,

James Reasoner,

Jes Schlaikjer,

Raoul Whitfield

Publisher

Black Mask

Series

Black Mask

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