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Of Tender Sin
by David Goodis

Alvin Darby is a 29 year old insurance clerk, with a comfortable apartment, a beautiful wife and enough money in the bank not to have to worry. So why does he wake up in the middle of the night tortured by the image of a woman with platinum blonde hair? And why is he suddenly convinced that his wife is having an affair? Consumed by jealousy, Alvin leaves his comfortable life to walk the streets of Skid Row intent on murder. Caught up in an underworld of drugs and crime, Alvin is soon out of his depth, and back with his old girlfriend Geraldine, whose seductive silver yellow hair and orange lips seem to hold the key to unlock the dark and terrible sin of his past...

Hooded Detective: Whispering Eye: Jan. 1942
by Hooded Detective

Facsimile reprint from Adventure House of the January, 1942 issue featuring the Black Hood. The Black Hood from G.T.F. Roberts is back plus an early short story from David Goodis who went on to become a master of dark noir novels.

Blues of a Lifetime/Cornell Woolrich
by Cornell Woolrich

Blues of a Lifetime is essential reading for the student of suspense novelist Cornell Woolrich, author of "Rear Window." Three topics of paramount importance to Woolrich are discussed at length: writing, romance and despair.

Hardboiled in Hollywood
by David Wilt

This book covers the film careers of Horace McCoy, Eric Taylor, Dwight V. Babcock, Peter Ruric and John K. Butler. With more than 200 feature film credits, this group of Black Mask writers left their mark on Hollywood. From The Phantom of the Opera to Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome, from Big Jim McLain to Enemy Agents Meet Ellery Queen, the Black Mask contigent applied their pulp writing expertise to the movies. Working for nearly every studio, from the largest--MGM--to the smallest--Monogram--they wrote mysteries, horror films, wartime propaganda, even comedies, but remained faithful to their literary origins.