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Tough as Nails: The Complete Cases of Donahue: from the Pages of Black…

by Frederick Nebel

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    The Complete Adventures of Oke Oakley and Secrets, Inc. by Stephen Ransome (uncultured)
    uncultured: After Chandler and Hammett and Norbert Davis, Nebel is probably my favorite pulp author. I'm hard-pressed to explain why--he's not a particularly brilliant stylist, with neither Chandler's Byzantine elegance or Hammett's clipped authenticity--but he makes for great atmosphere and great vintage dialogue.… (more)
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The complete collection of fifteen stories starring one of pulp fiction's most hardened PIs, with accompanying illustrations It's hot in St. Louis, and Donahue is looking for a hired gun. An ex-New York cop who got canned from the NYPD after raiding the wrong gambling joint, Donahue has spent four years on the job as a private detective-punishing work that's turned him from a tough customer into one of the most hard-boiled operatives in the country. A killer named Micky Shane has skipped New York for St. Louis, and Donahue has come to find him. When he does, it won't be good for Donahue-but it'll be a whole lot worse for Shane. In his days writing Donahue stories for Black Mask magazine, Frederick Nebel was as popular and well respected as Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler. Although his name is no longer widely known, these classic tales of two-fisted justice have lost none of their grit or their bite.… (more)

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