Pursued by a homicide detective, a Chicago hood heads to a small desert town to extort money from his crooked ex-boss. Amid the town’s festivities, the three form a deadly dance of death.
Conned out of $1500 by a trio of wanted studs, Jackson asks his brother for help—but his brother is a informant to Harlem’s deadly detective duo Coffin Ed Johnson and Gravedigger Jones.
Three of Hammett’s early Continental Op stories from October, 1923 issues of the Black Mask pulp: “Arson Plus,” “Crooked Souls,” and “Slippery Fingers.”
When Phyllis Brighton begs Mike Shayne to keep her from killing her mother, Shayne takes the job—only for the mother to end up dead, with Phyllis as prime suspect.
A new work collecting seventeen of James M. Cain’s short stories, including “The Baby in the Icebox,” “Brush Fire,” “Coal Black,” “Career in C Major,” and “The Embezzler.”
When Laurel Dane is murdered, and facing police suspicions of his involvement. P.I. Ed Clive sets out in search of vengeance to find her killer and clear his name.
Starlet Kitten Agnew will land the role of her dreams or die aboard a transcontinental train; the choice comes down to Viv Spender, twisted Hollywood director and her onetime lover.
P.I. Mort Hagen is hired to tail a cheating wife, only to discover it’s his ex. But before he can quit this job, she winds up dead… with Mort the prime suspect in her murder.
Escaped convict Tim Sunblade and tramp call-girl Virginia, trapped in a love/hate relationship, execute the perfect job: an armored truck heist that’ll make them rich…
To save an innocent man, Shell Scott goes deep undercover at a gangster’s masquerade ball. Let’s just hope for his sake they don’t Kill the Clown.
Living in squalid disgrace, a former crooked cop may have struck it big: the local hood hires him as protection, then the cops hire him to bring in the local hood…