Imagine that your father is one of New York City’s top gangsters, he’s been murdered … and you’re the only person who gives a damn. Meet Mat Lawrence, a stand‑up guy who’s out for revenge. But there’s even more at stake. Because when Mat’s old man went down, a million dollars went missing. Put it all together—a cold-blooded murder and a cool million gone—and it’s a pretty good bet that the one thing Mat is sure to find is some serious heat.

Includes: “Flame City,” “Calling Squad Cars!” and “The Grease Spot”

Flawless ‘theatre of the mind’ production.”  Midwest Book Review

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It had been a long time since Mat Lawrence went to the city. Only something urgent could take him from his job deep in the desert managing construction of a mammoth power dam … something as urgent and shocking as the grisly murder of his father. His father dying wasn’t a complete surprise to him; the old man was a big-time gangster. Straight-laced and hard-working, Mat had wanted nothing to do with such vices. But he does share at least one family trait, a temper that propels him to exact revenge in the traditional family style. And so, with the “help” of his father’s fast-talking criminal attorney, Mat goes after the culprits. But bullets, lies and bedlam follow when he finds himself neck-deep in trouble trying to single-handedly track down his father’s killers and a million dollars gone missing.

Also includes the mystery stories Flame City, Calling Squad Cars and The Grease Spot.

 “Is pure entertainment from first page to last with that L. Ron Hubbard touch giving this tale an enduring reading engagement from beginning to end.” —Midwest Book Review


ISBN: 978-1-59212-356-8
Price: $9.95
Format: Trade Paperback
Pages: 152

ISBN: 978-1-59212-270-7
Price: $12.95
Format: Unabridged, Multicast, 2 CDs
Length: Approx. 2 hours
Cast list: Audio drama performed by Jock Ellis, Eduardo Ballerini, Corey Burton, R.F. Daley, Jim Meskimen, Phil Proctor and Tait Ruppert.

Mouthpiece 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.

apache: a gangster or thug. The term was first used in 1902 by a French journalist to describe a member of a gang of criminals in Paris noted for their crimes of violence. Their savagery was compared with the reputation the Europeans attributed to the Native American tribes of Apache Indians.

banshee: (Irish legend) a female spirit whose wailing warns of a death in a house.

be hanged: used to express exasperation or disgust.

blackjack: a short, leather-covered club, consisting of a heavy head on a flexible handle, used as a weapon.

bluecoats: policemen.

bo: pal; buster; fellow.

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.

bulls: cops; police officers.

bump: to kill.

calaboose: a jail.

cowl: the top portion of the front part of an automobile body, supporting the windshield and dashboard.

cretonne: a heavy cotton material in colorfully printed designs, used especially for drapery or slipcovers.

degree rooms: third-degree rooms; interrogation rooms; rooms of mental or physical torture used to obtain information or a confession from a prisoner.

dope: information, data or news.

drill: shoot.

excelsior: packing material made from wood shavings.

fire-eaters: firemen; firefighters.

flatfoot: a police officer; cop.

gat: a gun.

giddap: get up or go ahead.

gilt-frogged: garment with gold-colored ornamental fasteners consisting of a loop of braid and button or knot that fits into the loop.

gone: provided (bail) for an arrested person.

hard-boiled: tough; unsentimental.

haymaker: a powerful blow with the fist.

jack: money.

jig’s up, the: it’s all over; usually referring to a scam, trick or plot that has been found out and foiled before it could come to fruition.

Merthiolate: a trademark name for thimerosal, a cream-colored crystalline powder used as a local antiseptic for abrasions and minor cuts.

mitts: hands.

mouthpiece: a lawyer, especially a criminal lawyer.

mugs: hoodlums; thugs; criminals.

nickel barrel: siren, from the outside cylindrical part or casing of a siren that is nickel plated or colored.

petcock: a small valve used to control the flow of gas.

pile out: to move out.

pipe: cinch; someone or something that is easy and presents no problems.

pipe the dick: to look at, notice the detective.

powder, take a: to make a speedy departure; run away.

put ya wise: tell you; give you the information.

queered: spoiled; ruined; put wrong.

ride, take for a: to take out in a car intending to murder.

right guy: good guy.

roadster: another name for a police car.

rubber hose: a piece of hose made of rubber, used to beat people as a form of torture or in order to obtain a full or partial confession and to elicit information. A rubber hose was used because its blows, while painful, leave only slight marks on the body of the person beaten.

sand blotting box: a box with a perforated top containing fine sand for sprinkling on wet ink. After absorbing and drying the ink, the sand was poured back into the blotting box to be used again.

sap: blackjack; a short, leather-covered club, consisting of a heavy head on a flexible handle, used as a weapon.

sapped: knocked out with a blackjack.

slug: a bullet.

smoke-eaters: firemen.

speakeasy: a bar for the illegal sale and consumption of alcoholic drinks.

spokes: the rods that join the edge of the steering wheel to its center.

Stetson: as the most popular broad-brimmed hat in the West, it became the generic name for hat. John B. Stetson was a master hat maker and founder of the company that has been making Stetsons since 1865.

Thompson submachine gun: a type of machine gun that fires short pistol rounds; named after its creator, John Taliaferro Thompson, who produced the first model in 1919.

uncle: surrender; indicate a willingness to give up a fight.