Review: The Mercenaries (1960, a.k.a. The Cutie / The Smashers) by Donald E. Westlake

Let’s return to Donald E. Westlake’s debut novel (“official” debut, that is; he had other pseudonymous sleaze works published before it), 1960’s The Mercenaries, a signed, inscribed British first edition of which I blogged about just over a week ago. I mentioned in that post that Violent World of Parker proprietor […]

Westlake Score: The Mercenaries by Donald E. Westlake; signed association edition (T.V. Boardman, 1961)

Happy new year, folks. And let’s open my 2012 Violent World of Parker blogging account with a very special Westlake Score . . .

Up top there is the UK hardback first edition of Donald E. Westlake’s The Mercenaries, published by T.V. Boardman as part of their American Bloodhound Mystery line […]

Hard Case Crime to release lost James M. Cain novel The Cocktail Waitress

What would we do without Hard Case Crime? Wither away and die, I suspect.

Excerpted from publisher Charles Ardai’s e-mail:

After more than 9 years of detective work and negotiation, we’ve tracked down a lost novel by James M. Cain, the author of the noir classics MILDRED PIERCE, DOUBLE INDEMNITY, and […]

Hard Case Crime review: Getting Off by Lawrence Block writing as Jill Emerson (#101)

So this girl walks into a bar…

When she walks out there’s a man with her. She goes to bed with him, and she likes that part. Then she kills him, and she likes that even better.

She cleans out his wallet and keeps moving, taking a new name for each change of […]

Coming from Hard Case Crime: Robert Silverberg’s Blood on the Mink

The latest news from Hard Case Crime.

Hard Case Crime has published books by a number Mystery Writers of America ‘Grand Masters’ over the years — Lawrence Block, Donald Westlake, Mickey Spillane, Ed McBain, Stephen King — but in 2012 we’re going to add to this illustrious list a Grand Master from the […]

Hard Case Crime newsletter, 1/21/11

The latest…

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:

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Another lost Westlake on its way!

Do not miss the January 10, 2011 SFFaudio podcast, featuring guest Charles Ardai. It’s loaded with great information on the future of Hard Case Crime, the Gabriel Hunt series of pulp adventure novels, and much more. Interviewer Jesse Willis is to be congratulated for getting tons of stuff not yet revealed in the […]

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

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 […]

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 […]