book beginnings on Friday: Black Mask Stories edited by Otto Penzler

Thanks to Katy at A Few More Pages for hosting this meme. To participate, share the first line or two of the book you are currently reading and, if you feel so moved, let us know what your first impressions were based on that first line.


Classic pulp fiction from one of the original pulp mags! On audio! Well performed! Great fun. I give you the beginning of the first book on this compilation: “Come and Get It” by Erle Stanley Gardner, read by Oliver Wyman.

Ed Jenkins was warned by a crook he had once befriended to be on his guard against a girl with a mole, that she would lead him into deadly peril. This crook was shot the instant he left Ed’s apartment, seemingly by accident.

I love the gritty tone of these stories – especially as performed here. It’s great stuff. Also, Husband really enjoyed this story in particular, because our name is Jenkins too. 🙂

3 Responses

  1. Ah, this one does promise excitement, danger, and lots of grittiness! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Love those covers on the classic and pulp mysteries! Very cool.

    Here are my Friday memes: http://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2011/09/friday-memes_23.html

  3. OK, that cover is perfect for pulp fiction! Awesome! And I had to giggle a little at the shooting that was “seemingly by accident.”

    Thanks for participating in Book Beginnings!

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