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Old 07-08-08, 11:49 AM
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I read Steve Fisher's No House Limit. An entertaining Vegas story with an interesting look into some of the attitudes of the time (mid-50s).

Good, fast read.
Reading this now. It's gotten me jazzed about HCC again. Excellent.
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The April 2009 title was recently announced.



"This fellow Hunt...he knows too damn much."
—President Richard Nixon

Before he became one of the most controversial figures in modern American history, before he went to prison for his involvement in the Watergate conspiracy, E. Howard Hunt was an award-winning novelist, recipient of a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship (beating out Truman Capote and Gore Vidal for the honor) and the author of numerous popular political thrillers and crime stories.

HOUSE DICK is one of Hunt’s very best, a classic hardboiled story of a detective in a Washington D.C. hotel (no, not that hotel) investigating a twisty tale of burglary and murder, of skullduggery under cover of darkness, of deception and shifting loyalties—and of the price you pay when you trust the wrong people...

* First publication in 34 years!
* Author of more than 70 books under a half dozen different names
* Before Watergate, Hunt worked as a spy for the CIA; he was the inspiration for the "Ethan Hunt" character played by Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible.
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This is interesting news. Subterranean Press is publishing a limited hardcover edition of Charles Ardai's Fifty to One...in the press release, it confirms that each chapter will carry the title of a Hard Case Crime book.

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Hard Case Crime is celebrating the release of their fiftieth title with a special mystery written by founder Charles Ardai.

As the Hard Case website says of the book:
CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF HARD CASE CRIME!

Okay, not really. But what if, instead of having been founded 50 books ago, Hard Case Crime had been founded 50 years ago, by a rascal out to make a quick buck off the popularity of pulp fiction? Such a fellow might make a few enemies- especially after publishing a supposed non-fiction account of a heist at a Mob-run nightclub, actually penned by an 18-year-old showgirl. With both the cops and the crooks after them, our heroes are about to learn that reading and writing pulp novels is a lot more fun than living them...

One nifty feature of Fifty-to-One is that each of its chapters is the title of a previous Hard Case Book, from Grifter's Game (Lawrence Block) to Lemons Never Lie (Richard Stark) to The Colorado Kid (Stephen King) to Grave Descend (John Lange) to a ton of other great writers and books. In addition to the 500 copy limited signed by Charles Ardai, there will also be a specially bound 50 copy edition signed by as many of the Hard Case authors as we can get to set pen to paper.

More details as soon as they're available.
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I spoke to someone who's read Fifty-to-One already and she said it was excellent. So good things might be in the offing.
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Another update from Charles Ardai....

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Friends,

If you visit the Hard Case Crime web site -- www.HardCaseCrime.com -- and click on the book cover you see there, you'll be taken to a page that shows our forthcoming titles for the next several months. At the very top you'll see a book we just added to the site: HOUSE DICK by E. Howard Hunt. Hunt is a rather interesting figure, both popular (for the more than 70 novels he wrote over the course of his career as a crime writer) and notorious (for his role in the Watergate burglary that brought down President Richard Nixon in the 1970s -- Hunt served almost 3 years in prison as a result). Hunt is not the only author ever to mix real and fictional crime (I think of, among others, Al Nussbaum, who was on the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted" list for bank robbery before beginning a career as a writer of terrific mystery stories), but Hunt is perhaps the highest profile of the lot. HOUSE DICK is my personal favorite of Hunt's novels, a very satisfying hardboiled detective story about skullduggery in (of all settings) a Washington D.C. hotel. It'll be 2009 before that one hits stores -- but you can already enjoy the first chapter on our web site today.

Also coming in 2009: an entirely new series that I'll be editing and the folks at Dorchester will be publishing, called THE ADVENTURES OF GABRIEL HUNT. This series is intended to be to pulp adventure fiction what Hard Case Crime is to crime fiction. It will tell the continuing story of a modern-day adventurer traveling the globe in pursuit of priceless artifacts and lost civilizations. Anyone who grew up reading H. Rider Haggard and Edgar Rice Burroughs, or Alexandre Dumas and Sax Rohmer, or Doc Savage and the Avenger...or who grew up watching adventure movies starring Buster Crabbe or Harrison Ford...will find a lot to enjoy in the Hunt novels. You can get a glimpse of the cover art for the first book at www.HuntForAdventure.com -- and if you're interested in hearing more about the series as it gets closer to launching, you'll find instructions for signing up for a dedicated Gabriel Hunt mailing list.

What else is on tap? After years of real-world detective work, we have finally succeeded in tracking down the children of a writer named Robert B. Parker and securing the right to reprint his best book, PASSPORT TO PERIL. This is not the same Robert B. Parker who writes the Spenser mysteries today -- this Robert B. Parker died in 1955, after an impressive career as a war reporter in WWII and working for the United Nations afterward. His work is irresistible (how can you resist a book that opens with a desperate couple jumping off the Orient Express into a snowbank to escape the clutches of a former Nazi?), and we're excited to have the chance to bring it back into print.

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Looking forward to the new pulp series on 2009!
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Got $750 to spare for a pulp novel?

More on that special hardcover edition of Charles Ardai's Fifty-to-One from Subterranean...

Celebrating 50 Years of Hard Case Crime!
Fifty-to-One will feature a full color signature page, plus full color endsheets depicting the 49 previous books in the Hard Case Crime Series. In addition, each chapter of Fifty-to-One bears the title of a previous Hard Case Crime book, including such gems as Lucky at Cards (Lawrence Block), Lemons Never Lie (Richard Stark), The Colorado Kid (Stephen King), and Gun Work (David J. Schow), among others.

Fifty-to-One will be published in December in two unique editions: 500 cloth bound copies signed by the author, Charles Ardai, and a deluxe limited edition of 50 lavishly bound copies, housed in a handmade traycase, with over twenty full-color signature pages for most of the Hard Case Crime Authors, each hand-tipped in front of the chapter that bears the title of one of their books.

Limited: 500 numbered copies signed by the author: $45

Deluxe: 50 copies, custom bound in leather and cloth, housed in a handmade traycase: $750

Thus far the following authors have agreed to sign the fifty copy deluxe edition:
- Richard Aleas/Charles Ardai
- Lawrence Block
- Ken Bruen
- Max Allan Collins
- Christa Faust
- Allan Guthrie
- Pete Hamill
- Russell Hill
- Stephen King
- John Lange
- Peter Pavia
- Max Phillips
- David J. Schow
- Seymour Shubin
- Domenic Stansberry
- Donald Westlake
- Jason Starr
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Good grief. $750 is a lot of coin. I could almost buy the artwork for one of the covers for that.
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CASINO MOON
Peter Blauner
May 2009
ISBN: 0-8439-6117-1
Cover art by Ricky Mujica

Read A Sample Chapter


THE ONLY THING HARDER THAN GETTING INTO THE MOB...
IS GETTING OUT.

For Anthony Russo, an Atlantic City mobster’s son, the chances of escaping a life of crime are slim. They hinge on his plan to back a washed-up boxer’s comeback bid, and that, in turn, hinges on winning the help of a sexy round card girl who’s gone toe-to-toe with the current champion—in the bedroom...

* New York Times best-selling author of Slipping Into Darkness, Slow-Motion Riot, and The Intruder
* Winner of the Edgar Award for best first novel
* Acclaimed crime reporter for New York magazine

Raves for CASINO MOON...

"A gritty novel with integrity and style."
— James Patterson

"Terrific...This book has it all...Peter Blauner is a brilliant young writer."
— James Ellroy

"You could cut a lip on his dialogue...a honey of a writer."
— The New York Times
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^ Sounds like a winner.

BTW, I continue to play catch-up on my HCC books:
Shooting Star/Spiderweb
The Murderer Vine
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Silly me, I forgot my monthly reminder...Baby Moll is available now!


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Old 09-02-08, 10:32 AM
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And look what's in stores today...

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Originally Posted by FunkDaddy J
The April 2009 title was recently announced.



"This fellow Hunt...he knows too damn much."
—President Richard Nixon

Before he became one of the most controversial figures in modern American history, before he went to prison for his involvement in the Watergate conspiracy, E. Howard Hunt was an award-winning novelist, recipient of a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship (beating out Truman Capote and Gore Vidal for the honor) and the author of numerous popular political thrillers and crime stories.

HOUSE DICK is one of Hunt’s very best, a classic hardboiled story of a detective in a Washington D.C. hotel (no, not that hotel) investigating a twisty tale of burglary and murder, of skullduggery under cover of darkness, of deception and shifting loyalties—and of the price you pay when you trust the wrong people...

* First publication in 34 years!
* Author of more than 70 books under a half dozen different names
* Before Watergate, Hunt worked as a spy for the CIA; he was the inspiration for the "Ethan Hunt" character played by Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible.
Yikes, that is a pretty hot cover. After reading the blurb i'm very much looking forward to this title.

I had taken a break from reading the series for a little bit due to getting burnt out. I maintained my monthly subscription though so i could go back whenever i wanted.

I just started reading No Limit and have been enjoying it so far. Taking a break of a few months definitely made the genre seem fresh again.
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Old 09-04-08, 07:59 AM
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And look what's in stores today...

Please be the last one. Please be the last one. Please be the last one.

No offense to fans of the series, but its predecessors are my least favorite HCC books yet.
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Originally Posted by ytrez
Please be the last one. Please be the last one. Please be the last one.

No offense to fans of the series, but its predecessors are my least favorite HCC books yet.
Is it a sequel or something?
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The Max and Angela series...

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Well crap, i don't have the other 2.

Are they something i will need to read before starting The Max?
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Originally Posted by xmiyux
Are they something i will need to read before starting The Max?
I've read only the first one, but if it were me, I would definitely want to start at the beginning. I'm just that kind of reader. That being said, I'm reasonably sure they stand alone as separate stories.
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I've read only the first one, but if it were me, I would definitely want to start at the beginning. I'm just that kind of reader. That being said, I'm reasonably sure they stand alone as separate stories.
Yeah i am pretty anal retentive like that as well. I guess i wondered if the story was very tied together or just kind of featured the same character in an episodic manner.

Babylon 5 versus Star Trek: TOS.
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The stories are definitely tied together and I would suggest you read them in order.

They have a black sense of humor that some readers might not enjoy, in addition to some "inside baseball" crime world references. I found them very entertaining, though. Good, down-and-dirty fun.
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Well i guess i know what i will need to hunt up at a local Borders this weekend.
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Alright, I'm in Got the following as a starter pack while I wait for my membership to go through (picked older ones so that I don't get the same ones as the membership ones):

The Colorado Kid
The Confession
Plunder of the Sun
Witness to Myself
The Last Quarry
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Latest update from Charles Ardai...

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Friends,

We've got a star-studded month for you this time -- or more precisely, a Starr-studded month. In a bookstore near you there's our September title, THE MAX, co-written by Ken Bruen and Jason Starr; it's the third book in their series that began with BUST and continued with SLIDE, and Booklist described it as "like NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN as written by Mel Brooks." Meanwhile, newly up on our Web site -- www.HardCaseCrime.com -- is a sneak peek at Jason Starr's legendary "lost" novel, FAKE I.D., which has been published in England, Germany, and Italy, but never in America.

THE MAX is a very dark black comedy -- you'll either be deeply offended by it or will laugh yourself silly. FAKE I.D. is also very dark...but there's nothing comic about it. It's a grim, tight noir story in which things start out bad for the main character and only get worse from there. The magazine Time Out London called it "a powerful novel of the American Dream turning into American Nightmare" and the Web site Pulpetti described it as "an American masterpiece, a piece of great literature while it’s also a great crime novel." We're very proud to be publishing it for the first time in the U.S. You'll be able to read the whole thing next June. If you want to read the first chapter in the meantime, you'll find it on our site.



In other news, Bruen and Starr's SLIDE is now up for the Anthony Award and my good friend Richard Aleas' SONGS OF INNOCENCE is up for the Shamus Award. Both awards will be announced at Bouchercon in October.

In other news, I'm pleased to announce two new additions to our 2009 list: first, a reprint by pulp master Peter Rabe (his very first novel, with the wonderfully pulpy title STOP THIS MAN!); second, the first new book in a decade from a writer whose first novel, EAST OF A, became something of a cult classic: Russell Atwood. Russell's new book also has a wonderful pulp title: LOSERS LIVE LONGER. And both books will feature brand new cover paintings by the great Robert McGinnis.

Something to look forward to, no? But it's not as though you have to wait till 2009 for good stuff to start arriving -- in addition to THE MAX, over the remainder of this year we'll be bringing you some tasty treats indeed, starting with THE FIRST QUARRY by Max Allan Collins in October ("Extreme pleasure pours from every page"--Bookgasm); GUN WORK by David J. Schow in November ("A gory, fast-paced pulp tour de force in the classic style"--Publishers Weekly); and then our big "50th anniversary" book, FIFTY-TO ONE, in December ("High-speed action...nonstop thrills...and entertaining characters make this a page-turner from start to finish"--Publishers Weekly). All brand new, all never-before-published, and you're not going to want to miss any of 'em.

Best,
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In stores now!

Cool!

I guess I'm off to Amazon to catch up on the titles I've missed recently.
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