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Strange. I checked mine and it does not have the black dot on the spine (I ordered the signed special edition from the UK which arrived over the holidays).
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Coming in June 2022 ...



DYING WAS ONLY THE BEGINNING.

Steven Blitz didn’t think about his own safety when he saw the man trying to force a woman into his car. He stepped in to defend her, and got a knife to the gut for his troubles.

But when he wakes up in the hospital from what should have been a fatal wound, he finds the whole world changed—a different president in the White House, a loving family when he’d been on the verge of divorce, more money in the bank than he’s ever seen. There’s a dark side, though: in this world, Steven Blitz is not a good man. And now he’s got to get himself out of serious trouble without even knowing what it is he’s done wrong.

A paranoid thriller in the mind-bending tradition of Philip K. Dick and The Twilight Zone, THE NEXT TIME I DIE will draw you into its claustrophobic web of suspense and leave you questioning everything you think you know.

First publication anywhere!
  • Extraordinary suspense from the award-winning author, celebrating his 25th year in publishing
  • One of Hard Case Crime’s rare forays into the realm of the fantastical, previously reserved only for Stephen King, Michael Crichton and Ray Bradbury
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And then in September 2022 ...




HAD L.A.’S HOTTEST BANDLEADER BECOME AN INSTRUMENT OF DEATH?

Before his extraordinary career as a grandmaster of science fiction, Robert Silverberg honed his craft as a writer for a variety of pulp magazines, including crime digests with titles like Trapped and Guilty Detective Story Magazine. He also wrote this long-lost novel, which appeared under a pen name in 1960—and has never been published since.

Meet Bob McKay: once a rising star in the toniest nightclubs of Los Angeles, now a down-and-out denizen of tawdry bars where B-girls hustle drinks and brawls break out nightly. When one hustler winds up strangled, McKay lands on Death Row. Can a starlet and a sympathetic newspaper columnist clear his name before his date with the death chamber?

Featuring a new introduction by the author and three bonus stories from Guilty and Trapped, THE HOT BEAT offers readers a trip through time back to the pulp era, when a future star was making his bones with stories of murder, betrayal, and dangerous desires...
  • First publication in more than 60 years—and first ever under the author’s real name!
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These two are on shelves now. They ended up coming out on the same day! Go get 'em!




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In stores now ...

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Coming this Christmas, according to the HCC Instagram account...


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And coming next spring, according to the HCC Twitter account:


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Edgar Award winner for Best Novel! Congrats to Jonathan Moore (James Kestrel) and Hard Case Crime!

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Five Decembers is incredible, well deserved
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On its way, April 2023 ....



HEIST EVERY STORE IN A MALL IN ONE NIGHT—
OR NOLAN’S WOMAN WILL DIE!

Nolan and Jon have put their lives of crime behind them—but when a cruel adversary from their past resurfaces, they’re forced back into the heist game with a brutal ultimatum: pull off an insanely ambitious overnight robbery or Nolan’s kidnapped lover won’t live to see the morning.

Appearing in bookstores for the first time in 35 years, this is Nolan’s biggest and deadliest job—and MAD MONEY also features, for the first time ever in the same volume, the bonus full-length novel MOURN THE LIVING, offering a look back at Nolan’s early years as a professional thief.
  • First publication ever in one volume
  • Two full-length novels—including the longest Nolan novel ever written
  • The final book in Hard Case Crime’s collection of Max Allan Collins’ classic Nolan heist novels
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This one hit shelves this week. I snagged an early copy and read it over the weekend. It's a strange time-bending, alternate-reality crime novel in the vein of Philip K. Dick, and it's already been optioned for film.

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Old 07-20-22, 09:40 AM
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This one hit shelves this week. I snagged an early copy and read it over the weekend. It's a strange time-bending, alternate-reality crime novel in the vein of Philip K. Dick, and it's already been optioned for film.
I finished this the other day, and I wasnt a big fan. Definitely read like a Twilight Zone episode, but didnt really go anywhere. I was expecting a bit more of a mystery or plot, instead it was just a alt reality/time shift story and how the main person was reacting to it. Not the dullest thing Ive read, but at least it was a short easy read.

Shifting gears, Im somewhat new to the HCC catalog, coming to it to read the Stephen King ones (Joyland and Later, havent read Colorado Kid yet). I've also read Five Decembers and Charlesgate Confidential. Five Decembers was one of the best books Ive read in recent years, and I really enjoyed CC as well.

What are some other must read HCC books? Any recomendations are appreciated.
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I just finished SoHo Sins by Richard Vine and thought it was fantastic. Pulpy murder mystery that delves into the NY art scene. Impressive debut by the author.

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I finished this the other day, and I wasnt a big fan. Definitely read like a Twilight Zone episode, but didnt really go anywhere. I was expecting a bit more of a mystery or plot, instead it was just a alt reality/time shift story and how the main person was reacting to it. Not the dullest thing Ive read, but at least it was a short easy read.
Yeah, I'm generally with you. If I'm being honest, I'd say it's a great concept with some good individual scenes (especially visiting WTC), but the narrative didn't quite gel for me. And the modern setting(s) seemed at odds with HCC's focus. That being said, I love the attempt at the PDK subgenre.
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Shifting gears, Im somewhat new to the HCC catalog, coming to it to read the Stephen King ones (Joyland and Later, havent read Colorado Kid yet). I've also read Five Decembers and Charlesgate Confidential. Five Decembers was one of the best books Ive read in recent years, and I really enjoyed CC as well. What are some other must read HCC books? Any recomendations are appreciated.
Maybe give some of the early books a shot? I loved GRIFTER'S GAME by Lawrence Block, and HOME IS THE SAILOR by Day Keene, and A TOUCH OF DEATH by Charles Williams. For original books, give Richard Aleas's books a shot (pseudonym for publisher Charles Ardai), as well as the Christa Faust titles.I also loved THE TWENTY-YEAR DEATH.
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Quick note that our own Wezzo moderates a Hard Case Crime subreddit here: https://www.reddit.com/r/hardcasecrime/

I know we're down to a few diehards here, but you might consider checking out (and contributing to) the discussions there.
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This was moved back a month, but it's on shelves TODAY!

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From Charles Ardai: "Delighted to reveal the stunning cover by Paul Mann for Max Allan Collins' NEXT Nathan Heller novel, after next month's THE BIG BUNDLE. This one's called TOO MANY BULLETS and it will be the definitive take on the assassination of RFK. Publication in Fall 2023."



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From HCC on Twitter: "Here's a peek at our last book of 2023: a true lost novel by the great Rex Stout, unpublished for more than 90(!) years and, I think, one of the best he ever wrote. It's a wicked psychological jigsaw puzzle; cover by Robert McGinnis."


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Not entirely sure what happened with the release of this book. Its official release date was around Xmas (and I think the ebook was available at that time), but the on-sale date for the hardcover is today. So--on shelves now! EDIT: I don't see it as available at any of my local stores, so will place an order at my closest Barnes & Noble today!

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