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The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps by Otto Penzler
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Feb 06, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: mystery, anthologies-collections, library

Not to be confused with The Black Lizard Big Book of Polyps, this is truly an amazing collection of steel-fisted, hot-lead-slingin' tough-guy goodness. I love the language and snappy patter. The introductory blurbs alone are entertainment: "Queen Sue was the toughest moll that ever pulled a gat this side of Hades" (from "Snowbound" by C.B. York). What would be fighting words today were once simple conversation: in "Chicago Confetti" by William Rollins, Jr., when a hotel employee announces, "You're a dick!" to Percy Warren, he isn't angry; he is merely acknowledging Mr. Warren's status as a private detective. One writer has characters who look at each other "meaningly." Erle Stanley Gardner tells of a lawyer whose fingers beat out "rummy-tum-tum, rummy-tum-tum" while he's thinking. And we all know Ken Corning ("Honest Money") means business when he stands "with his feet planted far apart, his jaw thrust forward."
No foolin'--this book is a few pounds of awesome.

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Seizure Romero That's why I checked it out from the library. All the bookstore copies had drool on them.

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