International Book Awards Winner
Detective Terry Lane is a standout homicide cop who thought he’d seen it all … until now. As tough as Kevin Costner as Eliot Ness of The Untouchables—and just as incorruptible—Lane has seen the darkest side of human behavior. But he’s never seen a murder spree like this, targeting the wealthy, the powerful and the privileged. For the evidence is clear: the killers have not emerged from the seamy underside of the city … but from six feet under it. They are the walking dead, spreading terror and showing no mercy. Following a trail of drugs, blackmail, and the twisted clues of a seductive nightclub singer, Detective Lane will have to think outside the box … or he could end up inside one, buried alive.
In 1934, while living in New York, the heart of the publishing industry, Hubbard struck up a friendship with the city’s medical examiner—a relationship that started his education in undetectable crime and provided him with authoritative clinical background for his detective stories.
“A rollicking horror yarn [that] taps into the current craze for zombies … heart-pounding.” —Publishers Weekly
“A thrill from start to finish: recommended for all.” —Library Journal
“Frightful fun from yesteryear.” —Fangoria
Format: Trade Paperback
Format: Unabridged, Multicast, 2 CDs
Length: Approx. 2 hours
Cast list: Audio drama performed by Jennifer Aspen, R.F. Daley, Lori Jablons, John Mariano, Jim Meskimen and Matt Scott.
Dead Men Kill Glossary
The Stories from the Golden Age series reflect the words and expressions used in the 1930s and 1940s, adding unique flavor and authenticity to the tales. While a character’s speech may often reflect regional origins, it also can convey attitudes common in the day. So that readers can better grasp such cultural and historical terms, uncommon words or expressions of the era, the following glossary has been provided.
bead on, drawing a: taking careful aim at. This term alludes to the bead, a small metal knob on a firearm used as a front sight.
bullpen: a holding cell where prisoners are confined together temporarily; in the 1800s, jails and holding cells were nicknamed bullpens, in respect of many police officers’ bullish features—strength and short temper.
clubbed gun: a rifle, shotgun, etc., held by the barrel so as to use the stock as a club.
deuce, what the: what the devil; expressing surprise.
dick: a detective.
dint of, by: by means of.
flatfoot: a police officer; cop.
gourde: a paper money and monetary unit of Haiti.
ha’nt: a ghost.
hop: drugs, especially opium.
newshawk: a newspaper reporter, especially one who is energetic and aggressive.
papaloi: (Haitian dialect) voodoo priest.
proverbial straw: pertaining to the proverb (short popular saying): “A drowning man snatches at straws,” meaning a desperate person will try anything to save himself, no matter how unlikely.
rod: another name for a handgun.
scareheads: headlines in exceptionally large type.
spot: 1. to place or position on a particular place. 2. single out; pick out; identify.
swallowtails: the back part of a man’s fitted coat that descends in a pair of tapering skirts.
wee sma’s: wee small hours; the early hours of the morning, especially those just after midnight.
zombie: a reanimated human body devoid of consciousness; in voodoo, it is a dead person who has been revived by a voodoo priest, and remains under the control of the priest, since they have no will of their own.