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Dead Men Kill: A Murder Mystery of Wealth, Power, and the Living Dead

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Detective Terry Lane is a standout homicide cop who thought he’d seen it all . . . until now. 

As tough as Kevin Costner as Eliot Ness of The Untouchables—and just as incorruptible—Lane has seen the darkest side of human behavior.  But he’s never seen a murder spree like this, targeting the wealthy, the powerful and the privileged.  For the evidence is clear: the killers ha
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Published January 1st 2010 by Galaxy Audio (first published September 30th 2006)
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Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action
This may be my favorite strictly action oriented book, I have read by Hubbard. Takes off from the first word, I was sucked into the story immediately. It had a great amount action and some good twists and turns. This did not feel dated at all, which probably helped me get into the story so effectively. Loved this particular gem.
There's not much to say about this one. It's a hacky pulp that shows its "paid by the word" petticoats with shameless repetition of dialogue and plot recap. But it moves along without stopping, there's plenty of action, a mad(ish) scientist bad guy, and a Sledge Riprock type of hero dealing out the punches and snappy comebacks.

A good way to spend an hour.
Books like Dead Men Kill are pretty much made to be listened to. In the style of old 1950's radio plays the audiobook is executed very well. There are different people doing the voices and various sound effects which bring the story to life and really makes it feel like the time period. This audio version is only two hours long and it moves at a swift pace.

Recently with the start of this summer I have been listening to a lot of old radio plays in the form of podcasts on my iPod. There are a ton
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Jan 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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As pulpy and fictiony as pulp fiction can be, “Dead Men Kill” has everything. Femme fatale? Check. Hard-boiled, lucky, and crazy hunky lead detective? Check. Billions of flying bullets? Also check. It’s a throw-back to a time when all conversations came in one-liners, and night clubs were full of disguised henchmen. Was it just me or did the leader of the nightclub band shoot at the detective? The thing that really sets “Dead Men Kill” apart from other mystery/noir adventures is zombies. Yes, th ...more
Mar 26, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before seeing this book (and other similar books) on the shelf, I had no idea that L. Ron Hubbard had written pulp fiction. I honestly only knew about him peripherally as the writer of Dianetics and founder of the Church of Scientology. Since I never really had any interest in either of those, I never bothered to learn more. So I was surprised to find that he had a number of pulp adventure stories like Dead Men Kill.

Based on the cover and the blurb, I was anticipating something akin to the actio
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, pulp, kindle, read_2012
A zombie infused pulp that felt very dated but still semi appealing for fans of the genre. Hubbard blends elements of the supernatural with the trashy detective fiction of the golden age of dime store novels to form a pulp that lacks substance yet maintains the reader interest through the whodunit nature of the plot.

The dialogue was repetitive and characters mostly two dimensional with very little distinguishing one from another. As a result I found it difficult to care much about the outcome or
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the 1930s and 1940s, readers read pulp fiction - rough cut, pulpwood paper that held stories. Pulp fiction authors were considered no-holds barred entertainers and real storytellers that were interested in thrilling plot twists, horrific villains or white knuckle adventure.

Dead Men Kill was a short read - literally a matter of a few hours over two nights. (It didn't help that I found it to be quite a page turner.)

I loved the story. It wasn't your typically zombie story and it held thrill and
Oct 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published in the July, 1934, issue of THRILLING DETECTIVE MAGAZINE, Galaxy Press has reprinted this novella in the mystery category of their Hubbard series. I would have labeled it as a horror title (zombies, right?), and thought it would have been equally at home in an issue of WEIRD TALES in its time. It's a squeaky and creaky old-fashioned tale, a little silly in spots, as pulpish as can be, and I really enjoyed it. It would have been a wonderful old black-and-white noir hard-boile ...more
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Kind of reminded me a little of those old CBS Mystery Radio plays. The audio version had a few different narrators, music, and sound effects. The story itself was a little predictable but fun to listen to in small spurts.
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Perhaps the Scientologists are trying to raise money by selling reprints of L. Ron Hubbard's pulp fiction. With each copy of this free book is a postage paid reply card for the 80 titles of "Stories from the Golden Age" book club,, all of them by L. Ron Hubbard and so badly written they are hilarious.

"Inspector Leonard rushed from his desk into the squad room and spotted Detective-Sergeant Terry Lane. 'Lane! Snap into it. Gordon's been murdered and I think it's a clue o
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With 19 New York Times bestsellers and more than 350 million copies of his works in circulation, L. Ron Hubbard is among the most acclaimed and widely read authors of our time. As a leading light of American Pulp Fiction through the 1930s and ’40s, he is further among the most influential authors of the modern age. Indeed, from Ray Bradbury to Stephen King, there is scarcely a master of imaginativ ...more
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