Monthly Archives: August 2013

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 207 – Escape: Confidential Agent

This time we escape to another adaptation of a novel by mystery writer Ken Crossen, who takes on Graham Greene’s novel of a “between the wars” thriller – The Confidential Agent. This adaptation was for the radio program Escape and is well adapted maintaining an exciting, fast-paced ride as a man tries to meet up with his contact without being… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 206 – Fifty Candles

Though he is known for his Charlie Chan mysteries, Biggers was a prolific writer of other mystery stories, several of which were based in Hawaii and/or San Francisco. This time a look at one of his shorter novels involving Detective Sergeant Barnes of the San Francisco police department. This is a classic whodunit with a number of suspects. Biggers often… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 205 – Homicide for Hannah

One of Black Mask magazine’s popular writers from 1934-1939 was Dwight V. Babcock. ¬†His stories were in keeping with the style developed by Joseph “Cap” Shaw of “hard and brittle” stories with naturalistic elements of street grit. ¬†After his stint with Black Mask, Babcock wrote three novels involving “The Gorgeous Ghoul” Hannah Van Doren, who with her friend Joe Kirby… (more…)

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