Bio: Craig Rice (pseudonym of Georgiana Ann Craig; 1908?1957) was an American author of mystery novels and short stories, sometimes described as "the Dorothy Parker of detective fiction." She was the first mystery writer to appear on the cover of Time Magazine, on January 28, 1946.
Craig Rice "apparently spent her early life working in (Chicago) on radio and in public relations. For a number of years she tried unsuccessfully to write novels, poetry and music, but it was not until her first story of John J. Malone, which she published under her birth surname and adopted surname [Craig Rice], that she enjoyed some hard-won success."
Gritty but humorous, Rice's stories uniquely combine the hardboiled detective tradition with no-holds-barred, screwball comedy.
John J. Malone had had some peculiar clients in his past, but never a 550-pound carnivore. He was hired to protect Leopold, a large circus lion. Someone has been murdering the circus's lions, and the suspects are all carny folks. Malone was going to put himself between a ferocious lion and a killer. Only he didn't no which one was more dangerous! A vintage detection tale from 1953.
Charlie Bekker--also known as Bob Smith, J. Brown and Will Jones--one morning finds himself in a very sticky situation: he wakes up on the floor of an unfamiliar room, under circumstances he couldn't recall, with a girl he has known only in passing. And the girl is dead. But by some good fortune he happens to bump into John J. Malone, Chicago's best criminal defense lawyer, who agrees to help him get out of the mess. But the multiple identities starts getting on his nerves, as well as the web of... more info>>
Another walk on the wild side! In this series of collections of gritty Noir and Hardboiled stories, you'll find some of the best writers of the craft writing in their prime. The following stories are included in this second volume of Masters of Noir: GREEN EYES by HAL ELLSON, BIG STEAL by FRANK KANE, NECKTIE PARTY by ROBERT TURNER, THE PURPLE COLLAR by JONATHAN CRAIG, I DON'T FOOL AROUND by CHARLES JACKSON, NICE BUNCH OF GUYS by MICHAEL FESSIER, FLOWERS TO THE FAIR by CRAIG RICE, DIE LIKE A DO... more info>>
"Anna Marie St. Claire died in the electric chair at one minute after midnight this morning, with smile on her lips ? " Brooding over his gin in Joe the Angel's City Hall Bar, John J. Malone read those headlines, and the story of how, half an hour too late, a dying gangster's confession had proved Anna Marie innocent. She had been too beautiful to die. Malone knew if he had defended her she wouldn't have had to die. Suddenly he turned white. For there, floating through the swinging doors, came ... more info>>