Tuesday, October 8, 2013
A BLACK MASK eBook: "Gambler's Don't Win" by W.T. Ballard
Between 1933 and 1942, Lennox appeared in over two dozen stories in Black Mask, then starred in four novels, the last of which was published in 1960. (For a look at those novels, tune in tomorrow.)
Unfortunately, very few Lennox stories have been reprinted. The only collection to date (containing five tales) is Hollywood Troubleshooter, a volume assembled by James L. Traylor back in 1985. So I’m mighty pleased to see “Gambler’s Don’t Win,” a Hollywood Troubleshooter alumnus, making its appearance as a Black Mask eBook.
Ballard tells a tight, tough, and twisty tale, bringing it home with revelations I didn’t see coming, and an ending that put a smile on my face. Here’s hoping there will be many more Lennox adventures coming our way.
Want a sample? Here you go:
"Gambler's Don't Win" is now on sale, right here:
I covered the first round of Black Mask eBooks HERE.
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