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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