He owns the night! One of the most original heroes in all of pulpdom returns in four gun-blazing adventures, jam-packed with action and adventure. The mysterious Black Bat once again patrols the urban jungle. His targets: those who would prey on the weak, the helpless. Crusading District Attorney Anthony Quinn was scarred and blinded by gangland hoods. When an experimental transplant operation returns his sight, it also grants him the ability to see in the dark! Allowing the public to continue believing he is a harmless, blind attorney, Quinn invents a new identity, that of the crime-fighting avenger known as the Black Bat. With a trio of loyal aids, he launches his campaign against the forces of evil. From a giant Nazi-bred monster to a gun-slinging Commie assassin, here are four brand new tales by Andrew Salmon, Aaron Smith, Mark Justice, and Frank Schildiner - starring the master of the night, the Black Bat, once again thrilling pulp fans with his daring exploits. Long considered the template from which dozens of comic book heroes were inspired, including Marvel's Daredevil and DC's Batman, the Black Bat is truly one of the most unique characters ever born of the pulps. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bob Kern. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/044850/bk_acx0_044850_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the Bowery Boys and the Five Points Gang through the rise of the Jewish "Kosher Nostra" and the ascendance of the Italian Mafia, mobsters have played a major role in the city's history, lurking just around the corner or inside that nondescript building. Bill "the Butcher" Poole, Paul Kelly, Monk Eastman, "Lucky" Luciano, Carlo Gambino, Meyer Lansky, Mickey Spillane, John Gotti - each held sway over New York neighborhoods that nurtured them and gave them power. As families and factions fought for control, the city became a backdrop for crime scenes, the rackets spreading after World War II to docks, airports, food markets, and garment districts. The streets of Brooklyn, swamps of Staten Island, and vacant lots near LaGuardia Airport hosted assassinations and hasty burials for the unlucky. The bloodlettings, arrests, and trials became front-page fodder for tabloids that thrived on covering Mulberry Street. Chinese, Russian, and Greek mobsters rose to prominence and wrought bloody havoc as well. Each of Gangland New York's five sections - one for each borough - traces criminal activities and area exploits from the 19th century to now. Everyone knows about Umberto's Clam House in Little Italy, but now you can find Scarpato's restaurant in Coney Island, where Joe Masseria was killed by henchmen of Salvatore Maranzano, who in turn died in a Park Avenue office building at the hands of "Lucky" Luciano a few months later. From the Bronx to Brighton Beach, from New Springville to Ozone Park, here is a comprehensive, on-the-ground guide to mob life in the Rotten Apple. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gary Galone. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/004947/bk_tant_004947_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Here is a time when the old west became new - the 1930s-50s - as Louis L'Amour witnessed it first-hand in Southern California before and after World War II. Many people think the age of gunmen, scheming land barons, murderous bad guys, and the determined men who stood up against them, went out with the end of the Old West around the 1890s. But, in L’Amour’s own time in the New West, there were far more bad men toting guns and making grabs for far more wealth and valuable land than in the fabled days of the Old West. And it took far more courage and determination to oppose them in the days of the Tommy Gun and .45 automatic than in those of the six-gun and pump-action rifle. When Louis 'L'Amour finally moved to Los Angeles permanently in the late 1940s, the "Battle of Sunset Strip," an all-out mob war between rival Mafia families for control of the lucrative west Los Angeles/Hollywood gambling and prostitution trade, was at its height. More than 30 gangland killings took place in a seven-year period (including that of the legendary Bugsy Siegel), and more than 100 were said to have been slain during its quarter century span. This war had brought the Old West roaring back into the New - and L’Amour recognized it. He began to write hardboiled crime stories filled with the same kind of stalwart, straight-shooting men, strong, resolute women, and vicious, unprincipled badmen that peopled his westerns. You will find many of the best of these true-to-life tales in this exciting collection of short novels and stories (including “Street of Corpses,” “Anything For a Pal,” and “Collect from a Corpse”), along with others equally tough (“Death, Westbound” and “It's Your Move”) based on L’Amour's own experiences traveling the New West before the war. These are among his least reprinted stories, and we think they will prove a real treat for the author’s multitude of listeners. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Randal Schaffer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/140867/bk_acx0_140867_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.