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Friday, 23 September 2011

The Hard Case strikes back

Hard Case Crime are back and so I hand you over to 
headman Charles Ardai.
 
 
First of all: We're back!  After more than a year,
 Hard Case Crime has new books 
in stores.  GETTING OFF by Lawrence Block is the 
story of a beautiful young woman 
who sets out to murder every man she's ever slept 
with,while QUARRY'S EX by Max 
Allan Collins is the latest installment in his popular
 series about the hit man 
known as Quarry.  In two weeks, two more new titles
 will arrive in stores: 
THE CONSUMMATA, begun in the 1960s by the legendary 
Mickey Spillane and completed 
after his death (at Mickey's request)
 by Max Allan Collins,
 and CHOKE HOLD by Christa Faust, 
the second story about Angel Dare, 
who first appeared in the Edgar Award-nominated 
MONEY SHOT.
 
You can find out more about each of these books on our Web site,
 www.HardCaseCrime.com.  While you're there, you can also get a 
taste of our first two 2012 titles: THE COMEDY IS FINISHED by Donald E. Westlake
 and BLOOD ON THE  MINK by Robert Silverberg.  (The Westlake has never been
 published before; the Silverberg hasn't been published in any form for 50 years!)
 You can order any of these books online or -- better yet -- by requesting them at
 your favorite local bookstore.  Whichever way you choose, we very much hope you 
will get yourself copies of these books. Heck, get extras for your friends --
 they make great gifts for the crime fiction fans in your life.
 
Later in 2012, we'll be bringing you Edgar Award finalist Joseph Koenig's first 
new book in 20 years, FALSE NEGATIVE, a tale of a true-crime writer investigating
 the death of beauty pageant contestants in 1950s Atlantic City; 
and a very unusual first novel called THE TWENTY-YEAR DEATH by Ariel S. Winter. 
THE TWENTY-YEAR DEATH is three times the length of our usual books, and for an 
important reason: the story is told in the form of three separate pulp
 crime novels, each written in the style of a different famous mystery writer! 
These two books aren't up on our Web site yet, but we'll be unveiling 
the cover of FALSE NEGATIVE (by the inimitable Glen Orbik) around October 7 -- 
so mark your calendar...
 
And what's coming after those two?  We've got something very, very special to 
announce.  After hunting for more than 9 years, we have located and 
secured the rights to the final, never-before-published novel by noir
 master James M. Cain, author of MILDRED PIERCE, DOUBLE INDEMNITY, 
and THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE.  The new book is called 
THE COCKTAIL WAITRESS, and it may be the single most important discovery 
we've ever made. 
 
It's the story of a beautiful young widow whose first 
husband died under suspicious circumstances and who finds herself pursued 
by two new men, each of whom has something she wants.  But she can't have 
both of them...or can she?  It's steamy, gritty, suspenseful, and altogther 
worthy of the legacy of this great writer. We can't wait to show it to you.
 
Alas, we do have to wait for that one.  But happily you've got plenty 
of good books to read in the meantime.  This is a good time to be
 a Hard Case Crime fan, for the first time in quite a while, 
and I want to thank you sincerely for keeping the flame burning all these months
 while we were away.  If you get a chance, please tell a friend about our books. 
 If you read our new titles and like them, please post a review somewhere online 
to let people know. 
 
 
  
Best,
Charles

1 comment:

Chap O'Keefe said...

Cullen Gallagher has done some research on the Cain book and come up with an absorbing piece at his blog, Pulp Serenade.
http://www.pulpserenade.com/2011/09/james-m-cain-discusses-cocktail.html