Off topic: Plugs for family and friend

Last week, my brother’s band squint released their third album, Goodnight, Bad Intentions. Goodnight is a terrific set of songs, with a masterful production job by David Percefull (Bowling for Soup, David Cook) that does an amazing job of capturing the intensity of their live performances.

What does squint sound like? I hate [...]

Review: Death in a Dead Place by Ennis Willie

Our protagonist Sand (the man nobody walks on!) wakes up in a piss-stinking alley in Skid Row with a bullet hole in his body and a bullet crease across his forehead. The head injury caused amnesia for a week, which is why a badass like Sand finds himself in this lowly circumstance.

He [...]

News for week ending 2010-10-30

Louis XIV at Existential Ennui finds a lost Parker cover: http://bit.ly/cRFPW3 # Two reviews of Darwyn Cooke's The Outfit: http://bit.ly/creJ1e http://bit.ly/9Qj8sh # Bookmarked–A review of The Scared Stiff by Judson Jack Carmichael (Donald Westlake): http://bit.ly/b4zxkJ # Existential Ennui finds a rare edition of a rare Westlake nonfiction title, Under an English Heaven: http://bit.ly/9HSyTC [...]

Hard Case Crime 7/07: Songs of Innocence by Richard Aleas (#33)

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LITTLE GIRL…FOUND.

Three years ago, detective John Blake solved a mystery that changed his life forever–and left a woman he loved dead. Now Blake is back, to investigate the apparent suicide of Dorothy Louise Burke, a beautiful college student with a double life. The secrets Blake uncovers could blow [...]

News for week ending 2010-10-23

Darwyn Cooke's The Outfit is iFanboy's book of the month: http://bit.ly/aNZqrn # Existential Ennui posts on original Parker cover artist Harry Bennett: http://bit.ly/dekUxh # The Guardian (UK) ranks the 25 greatest crime films. Point Blank comes in at #17 http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/series/the-crime-25 # Eli Katz at the Outhouse reviews Darwyn Cooke's The Outfit: http://bit.ly/96To2y # [...]

Hard Case Crime news – 10/21/10

Full text of today’s Hard Case Crime newsletter below the fold.

In addition to the great news that they’ll continue publishing, we also learn that Charles Ardai’s John Blake novels (written as Richard Aleas) Little Girl Lost (which I just reviewed) and Songs of Innocence (which I’ll be posting on in the next couple of days) have been optioned for the movies. This doesn’t mean they’ll actually get made, of course–just ask The Green Eagle Score. But if the project moves forward in the right hands, it could result in a fascinating couple of films.

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Comeback: The return of Hard Case Crime

Via Ed Gorman comes this great news.

We’ve got some big news to announce today: After a year’s hiatus, Hard Case Crime will be returning to bookstores with new titles in 2011, thanks to a deal we just signed with UK-based Titan Publishing.

Titan is a publisher both of [...]

Hard Case Crime 10/04: Little Girl Lost by Richard Aleas (#4)

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Little Girl LOST

Miranda Sugarman was supposed to be in the Midwest, working as an eye doctor. So how did she wind up dead on the roof of New York’s seediest strip club?

Little Girl LOST

Ten years earlier, Miranda had been P.I. John Blake’s girlfriend. Now he must [...]

News for week ending 2010-10-16

MAC announces that Perfect Crime will be reprinting the first 5 Quarry novels. (Also, I didn't err! I was quoting!) http://bit.ly/95MgM4 # Craig Clarke at Somebody Dies reviews Westlake and Block's Hellcats & Honeygirls, an omnibus of 3 early sleaze novels: http://bit.ly/d4ekKx #

The lost works of Donald E. Westlake

I have made a major discovery.

I thought that, other than sleaze novels, my bibliography of Donald Westlake’s books was complete. But while flipping through my copy of Bank Shot, I discovered that I had missed a few titles.

It turns out that Westlake wrote several books that seem to be completely forgotten. [...]