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Old 10-27-16, 04:02 PM   #426
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Re: Hard Case Crime, Part 4

^ Awesome. Amazes me how many unpublished stories they're able to unearth. Cool cover art to boot. I assume this will be given the hardcover treatment.
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Old 12-20-16, 10:26 AM   #427
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Re: Hard Case Crime, Part 4

FYI, this one is in stores now. Picked it up last night.

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THE LOST DETECTIVE NOVEL
BY THE CREATOR OF PERRY MASON!
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In stores now! One of the thicker HCC titles out there (a double novel), and that's reflected in the price: $12.95.
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Old 04-03-17, 09:16 AM   #429
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A couple new releases for later this year.

October



THERE’S NOTHING MORE DANGEROUS
THAN A LOADED MAGAZINE

Memphis, 1975. "Raunchy" doesn’t begin to describe Max Climer’s magazine, Climax, or his all-hours strip club, or his planned video empire. Evangelists, feminists, and local watchdog groups all want him out of business. But someone wants more than that, and has hired a killer to end Max’s career permanently. Only another hit man—the ruthless professional known as Quarry, star of the acclaimed series on Cinemax—can keep Climer from becoming a casualty in the Sexual Revolution.

The longest-running series from Max Allan Collins, author of ROAD TO PERDITION, the Quarry novels tell the story of an assassin with an unlikely taste for justice. Once a Marine sniper, Quarry found a new home stateside with a group of contract killers. But some men aren’t made for taking orders…
  • First publication ever!
  • A new Quarry novel set in the time of the hit Cinemax series
  • Features a new cover painting by the legendary Robert McGinnis
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November



COOL AND LAM RETURN—
IN THE CASE OF A LIFETIME

Erle Stanley Gardner was not just the creator of PERRY MASON—at the time of his death, he was the best-selling American author of all time, with hundreds of millions of books in print. Among those books were the 29 cases of the brash, irresistible detective team of Bertha Cool and Donald Lam. Last year, Hard Case Crime brought out the first new Cool and Lam novel in decades, THE KNIFE SLIPPED, lost for 77 years after Gardner’s publisher refused it. Now, we’re bringing you the book Gardner wrote to replace it, often considered the best in the series: TURN ON THE HEAT.


"A remarkable discovery...fans will rejoice at another dose of Gardner’s unexcelled mastery of pace and an unexpected new taste of his duo’s cyanide chemistry."—Kirkus Reviews on THE KNIFE SLIPPED


Hired by a mysterious "Mr. Smith" to find a woman who vanished 21 years earlier, Donald Lam finds himself facing a sadistic cop, a desperate showgirl, a duplicitous client, and one very dogged (and beautiful) newspaper reporter—while Bertha Cool’s attempts to cut herself in on this lucrative opportunity land them both hip-deep in murder...
  • First appearance in bookstores in half a century!
  • Erle Stanley Gardner remains one of the most popular American authors of all time
  • Features a new cover painting by Laurel Blechman, working from reference photos shot by the legendary pulp illustrator Robert Maguire.
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And the most represented author in the HCC line gets another! By my count, that's #14 for Collins. Lawrence Block trails with 10.

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I like that cover. Feels like a bit of a departure--the garishness of it.
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This one is available now! It didn't come to my local store, so I had to buy online.
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Old 06-16-17, 11:07 AM   #432
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Yeah, my copy arrived yesterday. She's a beauty at 400+ pages.

Also, I see another Westlake title has been added to the catalog for a Feb 2018 release. This was last published in paperback in the late-80s by Mysterious Press. The original hardcover was published in the mid-70s and is difficult to find in good shape. I have the MP book and will likely pick this up being the HCC completest that I am.

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^ Great find! I don't even see that on their site yet.
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Here's an interesting excerpt from an interview with Charles Ardai, for those who are collecting the Hard Case Crime line. I've wondered why Hard Case doesn't include edition/printing details on the copyright page. It can make identifying first editions difficult. Here's the reason.

CA: Unfortunately for collectors, we don’t distinguish first editions in any obvious way, although in a few cases there are clues.

PS: It’s interesting that you don’t typically distinguish between later printings. Why is that, and in the case where you do, since it’s not in any obvious way, how would a collector identify a later printing?

CA: It’s mostly an artifact of the arrangement we had with Dorchester and currently have with Titan: Once we hand off a ready-to-print file to them, they can’t alter it. So if we wanted to make some change to the pages of the book later, I’d have to manually produce a new, changed ready-to-print file and get it to Titan. But Titan and Dorchester make the printing and reprinting decisions on their own without consulting me. It would have been a hassle for them to have to contact me before reprinting and have to wait for me to produce a new file to print, and it would have been a hassle for me to have to produce that new file. It was simpler on both them and me to just let them reprint whenever they wanted, without any change to the interior pages.

So, if there was no change to the interior pages, how can a collector identify a later printing? Well, often they can’t. But sometimes there were changes made. The biggest one came when we switched from Dorchester to Titan – at that point, we did supply new print-ready files for every book, and those new files have Titan’s name and address on the copyright page rather than Dorchester’s. So if you get a copy of one of our first 66 titles (the ones in mass-market format) but Titan’s name is on the copyright page, it’s not a first printing.

Then, too, there were some books that won awards, or got nominated for them, and for later printings we changed the front cover to say so – if you get a copy of FADE TO BLONDE, LITTLE GIRL LOST, or THE CONFESSION by Domenic Stansberry that mentions an award on the front cover, it’s not a first printing.

And in some cases we did tweak the interior pages slightly for other reasons. For instance, when we initially printed our first 4 titles (I believe), the “OTHER BOOKS YOU MIGHT ENJOY” page opposite the title page listed some upcoming titles with an asterisk saying “Coming Soon.” Once those books had been published, we changed the “OTHER BOOKS” page for later printings so that the “Coming Soon” designation was removed.

And starting in October 2005 – when we published THE COLORADO KID, our 13th title – we launched a subscription service (the “Hard Case Crime Book Club,” I believe it was called), which was advertised by means of a stiff advertising card tipped into the book between signatures. If you get a copy of one of our first 12 titles that has such a card bound in, it must have been produced after October 2005, and thus is can’t be a first edition.

So those are some clues a collector can look for. But they’re only present in some cases, not all. And that means that identifying a true first printing of one of our books is a bit of a hit or miss proposition.
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New Mickey Spillane for March 2018: THE LAST STAND.



ON MICKEY SPILLANE’S 100TH BIRTHDAY—
A BRAND-NEW NOVEL BY THE MASTER

When legendary mystery writer Mickey Spillane died in 2006, he left behind the manuscript of one last novel he’d just completed: THE LAST STAND. He asked his friend and colleague (and fellow Mystery Writers of America Grand Master) Max Allan Collins to take responsibility for finding the right time and place to publish this final book. Now, on the hundredth anniversary of Spillane’s birth, his millions of fans will at last get to read THE LAST STAND, together with a second never-before-published work, this one from early in Spillane’s career: the feverish crime novella A BULLET FOR SATISFACTION.
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