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If you have not seen them yet, the covers for "THE CONSUMMATA" and "GETTING OFF" have been posted on the official HCC website...
Love 'em both!

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Getting Off has the most "daring" cover art of all the HCC books ( so far )...

P.S. - I know some folks would prefer to have all the HCC books be the same size ( and so would I ). However, I love the series so much, that I don't care if the new ones are "trade paperback" size or hardcover, or whatever...
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^ I haven't heard that they are going to be a different size under their new publisher, Titan. I'm assuming them to be the same size.

The final Gabriel Hunt book will be trade, but that's all I am aware of. Note that there will be one HCC hardcover published exclusively through Subterranean Press in 2011 as well (an exception).
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I took to Twitter to ask the director of The Last Lullaby about the film's rental availability in the future and he answered me:

Thx for your message. I think it will be for rent. I'm just not sure when yet. We're working on it though currently.
So that's cool.

Originally Posted by CVB
P.S. - I know some folks would prefer to have all the HCC books be the same size ( and so would I ). However, I love the series so much, that I don't care if the new ones are "trade paperback" size or hardcover, or whatever...
Oh, I'll keep buying them regardless. More important to me than the series being "flush" on my bookshelf, though, is price. Hardcovers and trade paperbacks are more expensive than mass market paperbacks. But if switching formats keeps these suckers in print, it's cool with me.
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The books themselves are what's important, not the format. Even if it costs a few bucks more, so what? You're still talking a pretty small price to pay for something you like.
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The latest HCC newsletter (Friday, 1/21).

Friends,

Bit by bit, we're getting closer to the re-launch of Hard Case Crime with our new publisher, Titan Books. Our backlist titles are already available for pre-order from bookstores and online booksellers such as Amazon.com and BN.com; copies will start shipping in February. And we've got new books on the way, too -- if you go to our Web site, www.HardCaseCrime.com, you'll find cover art and sample chapters for four upcoming titles, all of them brand new:

* GETTING OFF: A Novel of Sex and Violence by Lawrence Block (writing as Jill Emerson) -- The story of a beautiful young woman who sets off on a mission to kill every man she's ever slept with (and she's slept with quite a few). For this book, Lawrence Block is reviving a pseudonym he hasn't used in almost 40 years, under which he wrote seven particularly sexy books back in the day. When he saw how sexy this new one was coming out, he thought...that's the Jill Emerson in me coming out again...

* THE CONSUMMATA by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins -- In the late 1960s, Mickey Spillane announced he was writing a new novel featuring the star of his bestseller THE DELTA FACTOR, but after writing half the book, he set he manuscript aside. Twenty years later, he handed the unfinished manuscript to his friend Max Allan Collins, suggesting that Max might finish it someday. And twenty-some years after that...it's finally done. It's the story of one thief going after another against the backdrop of Miami's Cuban-American community, and it's classic Spillane. Anyone who misses the Good Old Stuff will find plenty to love here.

* QUARRY'S EX by Max Allan Collins -- This is one I know you've been waiting for a long time, the next story in the saga of the hit man known as Quarry (star of THE LAST QUARRY, THE FIRST QUARRY, and QUARRY IN THE MIDDLE). This time, Quarry sets out to protect a movie director who's been marked for murder...only to discover that the director is married to Quarry's ex-wife, the woman whose infidelity pushed him into a life of crime in the first place.

* CHOKE HOLD by Christa Faust -- Another long-awaited title, this is the follow-up to Christa's Edgar Award-nominated MONEY SHOT. Ex-porn star Angel Dare is back; when a old co-star is gunned down in front of her, it's up to her to get his 18-year-old son, a hotheaded MMA fighter, to Las Vegas in one piece while two separate groups of killers are gunning for them.

Lots to look forward to! Do check out the covers -- and if you're hungry for some great reading now, you can prepare for the new books coming out (which doesn't happen till September/October) by ordering any of the old ones you've missed. If you haven't met Quarry or Angel Dare yet, you're in for a treat -- grab yourself a copy of MONEY SHOT or the earlier Quarry books. For Spillane fans, there's DEAD STREET, Mickey's last novel. And we have five other books by Lawrence Block you can enjoy while waiting for GETTING OFF to come out: GRIFTER'S GAME, THE GIRL WITH THE LONG GREEN HEART, LUCKY AT CARDS, A DIET OF TREACLE, and KILLING CASTRO.

Other news...

Things are moving forward on the film adaptation of LITTLE GIRL LOST -- I spent an afternoon with the screenwriter who's penning the adaptation, showing him around some of the real-world locations where scenes from the book take place. (And scenes from its sequel, SONGS OF INNOCENCE. We checked out the tunnels under Columbia University, and the all-night tempura joint on Broadway, and FAO Schwarz...) No guarantee the movie will go before the cameras, but...every step we take makes it that much more likely.

And HAVEN, the TV series based (loosely) on our 13th book, Stephen King's THE COLORADO KID, is gearing up for its second season on SyFy. The writers are working in a white-hot storytelling heat, with filming scheduled to begin in a few months. I'm biased, but I think the show really hit its stride in the second half of the season last year, and there are some great stories coming up. We don't have a premiere date yet for the second season, but I'll let you know as soon as we do.

One final bit of news (if you'll forgive a bit of boasting by a proud father): the Ardai/Novik clan saw an addition in December, a baby girl named Evidence ("Evi" for short).

We'll add a photo of her to the Web site just as soon as she's old enough to wear a fedora.

Best,
Charles
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Such excellent news about the original HCC being re-released! I'm still missing about a dozen of the original books for my collection. Can anybody confirm that they will be the same size and look as the original printings?
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Via Charles Ardai's twitter today, he's made an official HCC Facebook page.

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?src...46513275406015
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Re: Hard Case Crime, Part 4

Originally Posted by ReggieM
Such excellent news about the original HCC being re-released! I'm still missing about a dozen of the original books for my collection. Can anybody confirm that they will be the same size and look as the original printings?
I'm curious about that myself. You know, over the years I would shake my head and chuckle at the Criterion completists on this board, but now I'm worried that when I fill the gaps with these new editions of HCC books the numbering will be different* and they all won't line up with the old ones.

*on that podcast Ardai said that there'll be different numbering with the brand new books this fall; I assume that doesn't apply for the reprints.

Originally Posted by dgmayor
Via Charles Ardai's twitter today, he's made an official HCC Facebook page.

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?src...46513275406015
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I bought an eReader recently, and am done with buying paperbacks. I would like to catch up on Hard Case Crime via epub purchases. Do you know if they are on sale anywhere?
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Totally forgot to post this! A couple of weeks back I asked Charles via Twitter about size of the re-issues of the original HCC novels and this was his reply:

"New copies of old books will be the same as old copies; new books will start in trade pb or hc (so, larger)"
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Re: Hard Case Crime, Part 4

A bit off topic, but this is from Brian Keene's Facebook page:

If you're a Fan of Dorchester Publishing here on Facebook, how about dropping by their wall today and posting: "Dear Dorchester, why are you continuing to sell e-books that you do not have the rights to?"
Apparently he decided to dump them around the same time as HCC left, but for some reason they can't figure out how to unpublish his books in the Kindle Store, so they keep selling his stuff despite not having the rights and not giving him any money.
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Re: Hard Case Crime, Part 4

HCC books are back in stock at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc. as of today. Good news for folks like me who are still behind.
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I don't suppose there has been any news about Titan offering a subscription service?
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The first new title of 2012 has been posted on the official HCC website... it's called THE COMEDY IS FINISHED ( by Donald E. Westlake ).. artwork is by Gregory Manchess...
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I love that these covers are becoming more risque, too...fun stuff.

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I love that we keep getting "new" Westlake material. Memory, Hellcats & Honeygirls (published by Subterranean Press) and now this. Awesome
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Here's the press release:

Lost Donald E. Westlake Novel Discovered

Hard Case Crime to Publish THE COMEDY IS FINISHED

New York, NY; London, UK (April 18, 2011) – Hard Case Crime today announced the discovery of an unpublished novel by acclaimed mystery writer Donald E. Westlake. THE COMEDY IS FINISHED, which Hard Case Crime will publish as its lead title in 2012, tells the story of an aging, politically conservative comedian kidnapped by a domestic terrorist group that threatens to kill him unless the government frees some of their imprisoned comrades. Westlake, who died on New Year’s Eve 2009, was a three-time winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award, received an Academy Award nomination for the screenplay of The Grifters, and was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, the organization’s highest honor. THE COMEDY IS FINISHED will be only the second novel ever to be published in hardcover by Hard Case Crime, the award-winning line of mystery novels published by Titan Books.
One of Westlake’s long-time publishers, Hard Case Crime has also published authors such as Stephen King, Mickey Spillane, Pete Hamill, Madison Smartt Bell, Ed McBain, Lawrence Block, and Max Allan Collins. In 2010, Hard Case Crime brought out Westlake’s novel MEMORY, then believed to be the author’s final unpublished manuscript. Subsequently Max Allan Collins told Hard Case Crime editor Charles Ardai about the existence of one more, a manuscript Collins had read in the early 1980s.
Westlake worked on THE COMEDY IS FINISHED over the course of several years starting in the late 1970s, but decided not to publish the novel when, after completing it, he saw Martin Scorcese’s 1983 film The King of Comedy, whose premise also involves the kidnapping of a television comedian.
“Aside from that one shared element, the two stories are completely different,” said Charles Ardai. “But Don apparently was concerned enough about the possibility that some readers might see a similarity that he set the book aside and never published it.”
THE COMEDY IS FINISHED takes its title from the closing line of the tragic opera Pagliacci, and though the novel is about a comedian it is not itself a comedy. Rather, it is a high-tension suspense story focusing on the FBI’s efforts to capture the terrorists, the victim’s struggle to stay alive, and the kidnappers’ conflicts as their plans begin to go awry.
“We are very excited to have the privilege to bring this lost work to light,” Ardai said. “Millions of fans around the world will get something they never expected to see again: a new novel by Donald Westlake.”
THE COMEDY IS FINISHED will feature a new cover painting in the classic pulp style by award-winning painter Gregory Manchess and will be released simultaneously in hardcover and e-book editions.
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And here's what Charles had to say about it:

Don began work on it in the late 1970s, but ultimately decided not to publish the book after Martin Scorsese released his movie "The King of Comedy" since Don was apparently concerned that the premise of his novel and Scorsese's film were too similar. He shouldn't have worried -- aside from both having to do with kidnapping a television comedian, the two are completely different. But he did, and the result is that there's a Westlake novel that's been sitting unpublished in manuscript form for the past 30+ years.

The title is THE COMEDY IS FINISHED and it's going to be our lead title for 2012 -- only the second book ever to be published in hardcover by Hard Case Crime. (Our first hardcover is our lead title this year, GETTING OFF by Lawrence Block, which comes out on September 20.)
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http://kotaku.com/#!5798056/top-thriller-authors-come-together-for-la-noire-the-collected-stories

Somewhat HCC related: The video game "LA Noire" will have a series of short stories that includes an intro by Charles Ardai, as well as stories from at least 2 HCC authors (including Lawrence Block).
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That's pretty cool. I've been looking forward to this game for a long time, but rarely do I shell out $60 for one upon its release. This news is making me think I may purchase it sooner rather than later.
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Originally Posted by wmermine
http://kotaku.com/#!5798056/top-thriller-authors-come-together-for-la-noire-the-collected-stories

Somewhat HCC related: The video game "LA Noire" will have a series of short stories that includes an intro by Charles Ardai, as well as stories from at least 2 HCC authors (including Lawrence Block).
It gets even cooler -- the ebook is free for pre-order. And you know, the Lawrence Block things is pretty cool, but they got Joyce Carol Oates to contribute. To a video-game tie-in!

And speaking of Lawrence Block, if you're on Goodreads, he's doing a Q&A session through the 3rd.
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Lawrence Block's The Girl with the Long Green Heart is $.99 in the Kindle store if anyone was looking to try out the HCC on the real cheap. I think the deal lasts until June 14th, part of the big sale.
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From the HCC Facebook page:

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Christa Faust is auctioning off a signed advance copy of her new novel, CHOKE HOLD, to benefit the Sports Legacy Institute, formed to advance the study, treatment and prevention of the effects of brain trauma in athletes. Want to get in on the action? Visit http://faustfatale.livejournal.com/259533.html.



Deadlier Than the Male - Choke Hold Auction
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Friends,

Now that Spring has sprung and June has bloomed, we're just three months away from Hard Case Crime's big re-launch.

Our last new title was Brett Halliday's MURDER IS MY BUSINESS back in August 2010, so we'll have been on hiatus for a bit over a year when our new books hit stores in September. But what a comeback we've got in store! Four books, all brand new, including an original novel by Lawrence Block called GETTING OFF (our first ever hardcover title); a new Quarry novel from Max Allan Collins, QUARRY'S EX; a new novel from Christa Faust, CHOKE HOLD, starring Angel Dare from her Edgar Award-nominated MONEY SHOT; and THE CONSUMMATA, the long-awaited second adventure of the hero of Mickey Spillane's bestselling THE DELTA FACTOR, which was begun by Spillane in the 1960s and finished by Spillane's long-time friend Max Allan Collins some four decades later. You can get a taste of each of these books at our Web site, www.HardCaseCrime.com.

While you're there you can also enjoy a glimpse of our big Spring 2012 title, a never-before-published novel by the late, great Donald E. Westlake. The book is called THE COMEDY IS FINISHED, and it's going to be our second hardcover ever. Don wrote it between the late 1970s and early 80s, but never published it because he found himself worrying that its premise -- the kidnaping of a famous television comedian -- was too similar to the movie "The King of Comedy," which Martin Scorsese released around the same time. He shouldn't have worried -- the book and the movie aren't similar at all outside of sharing that basic premise. It's a hell of a good book and one that very much deserves to be in print, and we're very excited to be bringing it out for the first time, with a fabulous cover by Greg Manchess.

If you would like a Westlake fix sooner than that, we'll be bringing out a trade paperback edition of SOMEBODY OWES ME MONEY at the start of July (you'll see it on the front tables at Barnes & Noble, among other places). It's our first book ever in the slightly larger trade paperback format, and as much as I like the smaller pocket-sized format we've used in the past, I have to say I love how this particular cover painting looks with a little more room to breathe. You can pre-order the new edition online already; you can also pre-order THE COMEDY IS FINISHED and all our September/October titles.

Meanwhile, all our old titles should be back in stores at this point, so if there are any holes in your collection you should be able to fill them now.

We're still waiting to hear from our new publisher, Titan Books, about whether or not they'll be able to offer a 'book club'-style subscription service of the sort our old publisher used to offer -- they'd like to, but it's a complicated thing to set up, and the jury's still out. (As soon as we have a final answer from them, we'll let you know.) But fortunately there are other ways to get both our old books and our forthcoming titles by mail if you want them that way -- you can find them on Amazon.com, BN.com, and numerous other sites. Or you can ask your local bookseller to get them for you. We'd encourage you to support your local brick-and-mortar bookstores if at all possible -- they need your business to stay in business. But you have a wide range of options, and we're grateful for your support no matter which option you choose.

Finally, note that HAVEN, the TV series inspired by Stephen King's Hard Case Crime title, THE COLORADO KID, returns to SyFy on July 15th. I'm not penning an episode myself this season but I'm still working on the show as a producer and consulting on all the scripts, and I can tell you we've got some good ones coming. (Plus a new character, Evidence Ryan, named after my newborn daughter. Has there ever been a better reason to watch a TV show than that...?)

Hope you enjoy HAVEN if you do check it out; our new books when they start coming; and the rest of what will no doubt be a long, hot summer.

Best,
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