Friday, May 18, 2012
Forgotten (and FREE) Stories: Race Williams in Carroll John Daly's "Blind Alleys"
Here's the third in our continuing series of forgotten Race Williams stories. Far as I know, it's been out of print since its first appearance in the April 1927 issue of Black Mask. Both of the earlier stories, "Alias Buttercup" and "The Super-Devil," were published while Phil Cody was editor, but this one appeared after Joe "Cap" Shaw took the helm. I was curious to see if Shaw exerted any influence on Daly, so I was paying special attention the prose. But shucks, I didn't notice a dang bit of difference.
Carroll John Daly, lest we forget, was the creator of the first hardboiled private eye, and Race Williams, his most famous character, starred in the first hardboiled detective series and the first hardboiled detective novel. His stories can be pretty hokey, I'll admit, but they're always fun, and clearly a product of their era. When you read a Race Williams story, you're experiencing a bit of hardboiled history.
If you requested either of the earlier stories, I'll be sending you this one too. If not, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I'll be pleased to send scans of all three. And more to come.
More Forgotten Books this week at Sweet Freedom.