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  1. 9.1 hrs • 8/3/2016 • Unabridged

    When ex-cop Matt Scudder thought back on the summer of ‘75, two faces emerged from behind the smoky haze of a half dozen boozy saloons that made up his beat—Skip Devoe and Tommy Tillary—two bar flies he wouldn’t have given a second thought to in the bright light of day. Yet they and their troubles were the reason that moved him a little farther out of the bleary-eyed mess that had become his life.

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  2. 5.8 hrs • 8/1/2016 • Audio Theater

    Sam Spade was a hard-boiled detective with cold detachment, a keen eye for detail, and unflinching determination to achieve his own justice. The character of Sam Spade was created by writer Dashiell Hammett in 1930 for his crime story The Maltese Falcon, and for most people, the character is closely associated with actor Humphrey Bogart, who played Sam Spade in the third and most famous film version of the story. In 1946 William Spier, one of radio’s top producers, brought Sam Spade to the airwaves starring newcomer Howard Duff with Lurene Tuttle (and occasionally Sandra Gould) as Effie Perrine, Spade’s secretary. Duff took a more tongue-in-cheek approach to the character than did the novel or movie. Dashiell Hammett lent his name to the radio series but did little more than cash the checks sent to him for the privilege. Scriptwriters were Jason James and Bob Tallman, who received an Edgar Award in 1947 for best radio drama from the Mystery Writers of America. Howard Duff starred as Spade until 1951 when Stephen Dunne took the role. Starring here are Starring Howard Duff or Stephen Dunne as Sam Spade, with Lurene Tuttle, Paul Frees, Wally Maher, Verna Felton, Shirley Mitchell, Lou Merrill, and others. Episodes included in this collection are “The Bow Window Caper” (9 Nov 47), “The Critical Author Caper” (15 Aug 48), “The Sugar Kane Caper” (3 Oct 48), “The Overjord Caper” (5 Jun 49), “The Sure Thing Caper” (9 Feb 51), “The Soap Opera Caper” (16 Feb 51), “The Shot in the Dark Caper” (23 Feb 51), “The Crab Louis Caper” (2 Mar 51), “The Spanish Prisoner Caper” (9 Mar 51), “The Kimberly Cross Caper” (23 Mar 51), “The Vendetta Caper” (30 Mar 51), and “The Civic Pride Caper” (13 Apr 51).

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    The Adventures of Sam Spade, Detective, Vol. 2  by Hollywood 360
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  3. 5.3 hrs • 8/1/2016 • Audio Theater

    Michael Shayne, “the reckless, redheaded Irishman” was a popular hard-boiled detective created by crime novelist Brett Halliday. In the novels, Michael Shayne settled in Miami just after WWII, making crime pay by fighting it with a license and an attitude. Like Mike Hammer and Philip Marlowe, Shayne was a loner. The backstory on Mike is that he was happily married, but it hit him hard when his wife was tragically murdered. Grief stricken, Shayne loses himself in his work as a private eye, prowling the dark streets of the city, seeking out his style of revenge for injustice. The radio version of Mike’s exploits debuted as Michael Shayne, Private Detective in the fall of 1944 with Wally Maher in the title role. In 1948, Mutual Radio debuted The New Adventures of Michael Shayne starring movie star Jeff Chandler with his adventures taking place in New Orleans. Simultaneously in 1948, Chandler was playing bashful biologist Philip Boynton, the love interest on Our Miss Brooks, proving he could handle comedy as well as dramatic roles. Others to portray Shayne on radio included Donald Curtis and Robert Sterling. Richard Denning, who had starred for years on the radio comedy series My Favorite Husbandopposite Lucille Ball, portrayed Mike Shayne in the 1960s television version, Michael Shayne. Here are twelve exciting episodes of Michael Shayne’s investigations, which aired on radio in 1948. “The Case of the Left Handed Fan,” “The Case of the Deadly Dough,” “The Case of the Popular Corpse,” “The Case of the Bayou Monster,” “The Case of the Carnival Killer,” “The Case of the Constant Companion,” “The Case of the Borrowed Heirloom,” “The Case of the Eager Victim,” “The Case of the Phantom Neighbor,” “The Case of the Model Murder,” “The Case of Tahlani’s Tears,” and “The Case of the Generous Killer.”

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    The New Adventures of Michael Shayne, Vol. 2 by Hollywood 360
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  4. 5.7 hrs • 7/1/2016 • Audio Theater

    Here are twelve episodes from the greatest detective shows ever broadcast during the golden age of radio, with the legendary stars that made them great. You’ll hear Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Doctor Watson, Sydney Greenstreet as Nero Wolfe, Howard Duff as Sam Spade, Chester Morris as Boston Blackie, Dick Powell as Richard Diamond, and Jack Webb as Dragnet‘s Sergeant Joe Friday, plus more gumshoes like Philip Marlowe, Bulldog Drummond, Michael Shayne, and Johnny Dollar. This collection includes: The Adventures of Michael Shayne, Private Detective: “Big Voice Means Big Body” with Wally Mahr 5/7/45, The Adventures of Philip Marlowe: “The Promise to Pay” with Gerald Mohr 5/14/49, The Adventures of Sam Spade, Detective: “The Dry Martini Caper” 8/1/48, Boston Blackie: “The Star of the Nile” with Chester Morris 7/14/44, Broadway Is My Beat: “Harold Clark” with Larry Thor 10/27/50, Bulldog Drummond: “Death Uses Disappearing Ink” with Ned Weaver 6/9/48, Dragnet: “The Big Bull” with Jack Webb 9/14/52, The New Adventures of Nero Wolf: “The Case of the Malevolent Medic” with Sydney Greenstreet 2/23/51, The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: “The Great Gandolfo” with Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce 10/22/45, Philo Vance, Detective: “The Movie Murder Case” with Jackson Beck 4/5/49, Richard Diamond, Private Detective: “Lynn Knight Wants Protection” with Dick Powell 8/6/49 and Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar: “The Big Scoop Matter” with Bob Bailey 11/11/56

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    Classic Radio’s Greatest Detective Shows, Vol. 2 by Hollywood 360

    Classic Radio’s Greatest Detective Shows, Vol. 2

    A Hollywood 360 collection
    5.7 hrs • 7/1/16 • Audio Theater
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  5. 5.7 hrs • 6/29/2016 • Unabridged

    George V. Higgins, the internationally-acclaimed grand master of crime fiction, returns to thrill listeners with this riveting tale of cops, robbers, and big city low life. An expertly crafted story of loyalty and betrayal, it is peppered with wonderfully authentic dialogue and seedy black market atmosphere. Eddie Coyle is a small-time gun dealer with a big-time problem: who to sell out to avoid going to prison. While mob bosses, cops, hoods, gunmen, thieves, and executioners give Eddie plenty of choices, he has few options. Any decision could cost him his life. Shady deals and accusations fly as fast and deadly as bullets in this riveting audiobook. The combination of Higgins’ prose and narrator Mark Hammer’s performance will leave you with mental images of crime and justice that you never thought possible before.

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    The Friends of Eddie Coyle

    5.7 hrs • 6/29/16 • Unabridged
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  6. 11.4 hrs • 6/23/2016 • Unabridged

    Best-selling author Lawrence Block transports you to New York City to walk the shadowy back streets with P.I. Matt Scudder, ex-cop and recovering alcoholic. In Everybody Dies, Matt is finally leading a comfortable, almost respectable life-until he helps an unlikely friend uncover a nameless enemy. The Big Apple seems to be mellowing now that the crime rate is down and gentrification is sweeping the old neighborhoods. But when a hoodlum buddy from the past asks Matt to investigate the murders of two employees, the spruced-up sidewalks seem as mean as ever. Suddenly Matt finds himself in a world where every step leads him through a mine field, and no man’s survival can be taken for granted. Well-crafted characters, action-packed plots, and gritty, realistic settings have earned Lawrence Block multiple Edgar and Shamus Awards. With his dramatic performance, narrator Mark Hammer expertly captures all the restless rhythms and street-smart language.

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  7. 7.9 hrs • 5/25/2016 • Unabridged

    John Dunning captured top places on national best-seller lists with The Bookman's Wake , a New York Times notable book of the year that prompted one critic to comment, "John Dunning writes stunningly good mysteries." Deadline is a suspenseful tale that begins in a dusty newsroom, but spins out into a dark world of conspiracy and murder. Although Dalton Walker is an award-winning journalist, his attempt to write fiction has gone nowhere. So he hires on at a small New Jersey newspaper, the Tribune, hungry again for the excitement of headlines and hard-hitting features. His job begins with covering a child's death in a fire and a showgirl's Amish background. But these routine assignments soon lead the reporter in unexpected directions-deep into disturbing new emotions, and back into his own turbulent past. As Walker tries to obey his reporter's instinct, the risks mount with each piece of information he gathers. These deadlines could be a death sentence.

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    Deadline

    Read by Ed Sala
    7.9 hrs • 5/25/16 • Unabridged
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  8. 2.7 hrs • 5/5/2016 • Unabridged

    With his usual knife-sharp prose in cutting form, Loren D. Estleman proves that he can carve a short story as cleanly as the full-length Amos Walker detective novels. Detroit’s favorite private investigator, Amos Walker, barrels through this collection of five short stories by Shamus Award winner, Loren D. Estleman. General Murders upholds Estleman’s reputation as a master of the short story. Both card-carrying fans of Amos Walker and those who are new to the series will devour these stories as they, with Walker, expose crime in some of the most corrupt alleys and steamy streets of Detroit. In this collection are five vintage Walker stories: “Greektown,” “Robbers’ Roost,” “Fast Burn,” “Dead Soldier,” and “Eight-Mile and Dequindre.” In five stories that typify the best of the private-eye fiction genre, you will experience big-city corruption and scandal along with hard-edged, wise-cracking PI Amos Walker, whom critics place “at or near the top of the list of hard-boiled private eyes” (Publishers Weekly).

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    Five Stories from General Murders by Loren D. Estleman

    Five Stories from General Murders

    Copublished by Ten12 Entertainment
    2.7 hrs • 5/5/16 • Unabridged
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  9. 1.4 hrs • 4/27/2016 • Unabridged

    The quiet Dutch community of Sleepy Hollow lay in the Adirondack mountains on the western shore of the mighty Hudson River in America’s colonial period. The solitude of the woods was breathtaking, and not even a schoolmaster was immune from the eerie miasma which everyone knew permeated the dense forest. Written in 1820, Washington Irving’s The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow has become a classic of American literature, and has been retold in many different ways. Here is the original, from Irving’s own hand.

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    The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

    1.4 hrs • 4/27/16 • Unabridged
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  10. 10.4 hrs • 4/12/2016 • Unabridged

    Los Angeles burglar Junior Bender is in the middle of burgling a house and has just gotten his hands on one of the world’s rarest stamps when the job goes terrifically wrong. After barely escaping, Junior realizes the danger is far from over. He’s gotten himself on the wrong side of a man whose name is synonymous with violence, and to save his own skin he’s set off a chain reaction of blackmail, strong-arming, and escalating crime. To pay off his underworld debts, Junior is forced to break into the house of the most powerful man in Hollywood, the shadowy, widely feared studio mogul known as King Maybe. It’s an impossible break-in, and to get out of the house alive Junior will need to use everything he’s learned, plus a few skills he knows he doesn’t possess.

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    King Maybe by Timothy Hallinan
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  11. 6.0 hrs • 4/12/2016 • Unabridged

    Twenty-two-year-old Charlotte Ford reconnects with Danielle, her best friend from high school, a few days before Danielle is found bludgeoned to death in a motel room. In the wake of the murder, Charlotte’s life unravels and she descends into the city’s underbelly, where she meets the strippers, pornographers, and drug dealers who surrounded Danielle in the years they were estranged. Ginsburg’s Houston is part of a lesser known south, where the urban and rural collide gracelessly. In this shadowy world, culpability and sympathy blur in a debut novel which thrillingly brings its three female protagonists to the fore. Scary, funny, and almost unbearably sad, Sunset City is written with rare grace and empathy holding you transfixed, praying for some kind of escape for Charlotte.

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    Sunset City

    6.0 hrs • 4/12/16 • Unabridged
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  12. 0.8 hrs • 3/9/2016 • Unabridged

    A desperate woman steals from a dangerous man. Thugs, gallery owners, the cops, the underworld, a secret, stolen art, the dominatrix and Johnny. The dominatrix Gabriella steals two paintings from a Montreal mob boss and heads for the west coast where she meets club jazzer Johnny who quickly discovers her problematic past. When her ex Francesco comes to seek revenge, the mob boss sends the assassin Rhino to clean up the mess and retrieve the secret document hidden in one of the paintings.

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    Nightfreight

    0.8 hrs • 3/9/16 • Unabridged
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  13. 6.2 hrs • 3/8/2016 • Unabridged

    A failed attempt on his life by a contract killer gets Mike Hammer riled up. But it also lands him an unlikely job: security detail for a Hollywood producer having a party to honor his beautiful fiancée, a rising Broadway star. But it’s no walk in the park, as Hammer finds violence following him and his beautiful private-eye partner Velda into the swankiest of crime scenes. In the meantime, Hammer is trying to figure out who put the hit man on him. Is there a connection with the death of a newsstand operator who took a bullet meant for him? A shadowy figure looking for the kill of his life?

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    Murder Never Knocks by Mickey Spillane, Max Allan Collins
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  14. 5.9 hrs • 3/1/2016 • Audio Theater

    Set in Los Angeles, and starring Jack Webb as the stoic Sergeant Joe Friday, Dragnet is perhaps the most famous and influential police procedural drama of all time, having made extensive runs on both radio and television. Webb, also the producer of the show, took the series to new highs, insisting on realism in every facet of the program. The dialogue was clipped and sparse, taking its cue from hard-boiled crime fiction à la Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett. The stories were fast-paced but thorough, making sure to chronicle every step of the police work from start to finish. As a result, Dragnet draws listeners deeply in to its world of gritty crime and dedicated cops, guaranteeing an exhilarating audio experience. Episodes included are: “The Big Friend,” “The Big Threat,” “The Big Saint,” “The Big Mailman,” “The Big Imposter,” “The Big Building,” “The Big Run,” “The Big Cliff,” “The Big Love,” “The Big Set-Up,” “The Big Seventeen,” and “The Big Waiter.”

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    Dragnet, Vol. 2  by Hollywood 360

    Dragnet, Vol. 2

    A Hollywood 360 collection
    NBC Radio productions
    Performed by Jack Webb and a full cast
    5.9 hrs • 3/1/16 • Audio Theater
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  15. 5.9 hrs • 3/1/2016 • Audio Theater

    Police procedurals go back long before Dragnet‘s 1949 premiere—with an especially strong heritage in Los Angeles. Private Investigator Nick Harris presented dramatizations drawn from his own true-life case files as far back as the 1920s, and the Los Angeles Police Department itself collaborated closely with Don Lee Network producer William N. Robson for the long-running 1930’s series Calling All Cars. But these formats fell from favor by the 1940s, with the advent of the ‘hard boiled dick’ genre of crime programs. An ordinary policeman just doing his job had little chance against the legions of smart-mouthed gumshoes parading across the ether during the postwar years.

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    Dragnet, Volume 10

    A Hollywood 360 collection
    NBC Radio productions
    Performed by Jack Webb and a full cast
    5.9 hrs • 3/1/16 • Audio Theater
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  16. 9.8 hrs • 3/1/2016 • Audio Theater

    Police procedurals go back long before Dragnet’s 1949 premiere—with an especially strong heritage in Los Angeles. Private investigator Nick Harris presented dramatizations drawn from his own true-life case files as far back as the 1920s, and the Los Angeles Police Department itself collaborated closely with Don Lee Network producer William N. Robson for the long-running 1930’s series Calling All Cars. But these formats fell from favor by the 1940s, with the advent of the ‘hard boiled dick’ genre of crime programs. An ordinary policeman just doing his job had little chance against the legions of smart-mouthed gumshoes parading across the ether during the postwar years.

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    Dragnet, Volume 3

    A Hollywood 360 collection
    NBC Radio productions
    Performed by Jack Webb and a full cast
    9.8 hrs • 3/1/16 • Audio Theater
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