LibriVox recording of Hooded Detective: 6 Action Packed Pulp Detective Stories by T. W. Ford; J. Lloyd Conrich; Cliff Campbell; David Goodis; Wilbur S. Peacock; Roy Giles; Harry Stein; Matt Rand. Read in English by dg73; Delmar H Dolbier; Scotty Smith; deongines; Jennifer Fournier; Larry Wilson Evil lurks in the hearts and minds of men and many nefarious schemes are hatched by these gangsters, mob bosses and super villains. But thankfully, equally brave, talented detectives (some of them hooded) are there to track them down and thwart their twisted plans. These six stories, along with two "true fact detective shorts" were in the magazine Hooded Detective, January 1942. Are they well written? well, no, but they are fun. Here are a few of the blurbs: "They had expected spaghetti with meat sauce for dinner, but were served instead, hot lead, with a little bit of blood on the side...." (A Dinner Date with Murder) "Wilson Lamb cuddled his automatic to play "Mr. Death" and fingered little Louis Engel for coffin cargo. But when he pulled the trigger, Whisper the gun-cobra from Chi spilled out of Doom's deck.." (Candidate for a Coffin). How can you top that last sentence? - Summary by Phil chenevert For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats (if available), please go to the LibriVox catalog page for this recording.
January 2, 2019 Subject:
Uneven but some gems within
As pulp detective stories go, the half dozen in this magazine have some longevity. The first tale "Candidate for a Coffin," is classic noir complete with sassy lines of narration that made me smile. I really enjoyed "One Hundred Bucks for a Stiff", the second story in the collection most of all; it had a bit more humor and a very Sherlock-feel to it. "Death is Deaf" didn't leave much of an impression and "Three Guesses" was needlessly twisty in its delivery. "The Cop was a Coward" had a lot to say about gun control and trigger-happy cops that could still hold true today. A "Dinner Date with Death" suffered somewhat from dated stereotypes, but was also the shortest piece in the collection. The two true crime stories, less so. In part the true crime tales lose some punch because the readers for those two pieces were more difficult to listen to, for different reasons.