Wednesday, 4 February 2015
Dead Men Kill by L. Ron Hubbard
Dead Men Kill is a police based mystery story. Detective Terry Lane must find the perpetrator of several murders where all evidence points to recently dead men, in other words, zombies.
The slang is very dated, though accurate to the time when it was written during the 1930-40s. I wasn't able to find a specific year. Likewise, there was one scene that would be totally unacceptable by today's standards. When I heard it, it stopped me in my tracks, I couldn't believe what I heard. I quickly realised that the book wasn't written recently and that it was most likely an acceptable comment at the time of writing. I didn't let it stop me from enjoying the rest of the narration.
I found this an enjoyable story and it was greatly enhanced by the full cast dramatic reading. The reading ran for just over two hours and was perfect listening for an otherwise boring drive.
A glossary for the slang can be found at Galaxy Press.
Read by: R.F Daley, Jennifer Aspen, Lori Jablons. John Mariano, Matt Scott and Jim Meskimen.
Thanks to Audible for the audio book and use of the cover image.