1: SF: Star Trek Seekers 1: Second Nature – david Mack
2: SF: Star trek: Seekers: 2: Point of divergence – Dayton ward & Kevin Dilmore: I like the retro covers of this new series which harkens back to the James Blish covers of his short story novelizations of TOS.
3: SF: Star Trek: No Time Like The Past – Greg Cox: a time mix-up inserts Seven of Nine into Kirk’s past during serious negotiations with two alien races. He has to help her get home while other forces want her. And Knowing Kirk’s reputation, he’s likely to put some moves on her himself.
4: Doctor Who: Engines of War – George Mann: an episode during the Dalek/Time Lord war with the War Doctor.
and the ebooks:
5: WE: The Empty Badge – Wayne D. Dundee: A Cash Laramie adventure with first publication on it’s own
6: WE: The Rattler Gane – W. E. Fieldhouse: the third Klaw novel brought us by Rough Edges Press
Author John Blumenthal continues his send-up of the private eye novel in THE TINSELTOWN MURDERS, the secobd volume in the Mac Slade, Private Dick series. In reading this novel, I’m put in mind of the Police Squad movies and TV series. It’s that odd and funny. At the beginning, Slade is being followed by a pair of Neanderthals that work for a bookie he owes two grand. When they burst into Mac’s office and when one tells the other to punch his lights out, the fellow starts smashing lamps.
Blumenthal manages to push every P.I. trope to the Nth degree, like the smart aleck eye trebled, the not quite smart eye that keeps stumbling along until the pieces fall together.
Slade heads to Hollywood when the wife of his old army sergeant, a P.I. in Hollywood, calls and says he’s in trouble.
Mac finds his friend dead and stashed in a refrigerator, only the first in a series of bodies. Along the way, he questions a gay hairdresser, a psychic, a beautiful movie star, a half crooked agent, a German Nazi-like housekeeper, and a Chinese houseboy, all suspects. Filtering in and out of it is a hulh named Moose Lebowitz looking for a stripper, Peaches Moskowitz. Slade is aided bt a poiice lieutenant, early thirties going on sixteen, Lou Tennant..
How does it all tie together? All part of the fun.
Purchases to help the roll out of Brash Books. And my own pleasure of course/
A couple of late review requests:
1: Wake Up And Die – Jack Lynch: A blackmail case leads private eye Peter Bragg across the Golden Gate to Sausalito, a waterfront playground for the rich and where real estate developers are fighting a brutal war to claim every precious inch of bay view land, soaking the dirt with the blood. Bragg is the only one who can stand up against the campaign of torture, arson, and murder…and reveal who is behind all of the bloodshed…if they don’t kill him first.
2: Speak For The Dead – Jack Lynch: An escape attempt at San Quentin goes to hell, a guard is beaten into a coma, and the hard-core convicts retreat to a corner of the prison with their hostages, including two civilian women. It’s a deadly stand-off…a bloody powder-keg ready to explode into a full-scale massacre. The cornered, desperate prisoners have one demand: they want private eye Peter Bragg to clear the ringleader’s teenage brother of a murder charge in a small, northern California town. It’s a high-stakes case with a brutal ticking clock, and it pits Bragg against cops, neo-Nazis and powerful enemies who would like to see him, the convicts, and the hostages all go down in a hail of flames and gunfire that would keep their secrets from ever being revealed.
3: The Owl: Scarlet Serenade – Bob Forward: first American edition. It’s the mean-streets of L.A. in the mid-1980s. When The Owl rescues a young punk-rock starlet from being kidnapped, he considered it just a minor good deed with a few dead bodies left scattered around. But he soon discovers that she’s the target of a gangland conspiracy that has half of the city’s underworld after her. Now the only thing between her and certain death is The Owl.
4: Sleeping Dog: A Leo and Serendipity Mystery – Dick Lochte: This beloved, comedy-noir thriller teams up Leo Bloodworth, a hard-drinking, middle-aged Los Angeles PI with hypertension and a low tolerance for precious teenagers, with Serendipity Dahlquist, a bright and strong-willed roller-blading 14-year-old searching for her lost dog. But things quickly escalate, plunging the oddest of odd couples into the dark underworld of sunny Southern California and pitting them against one of the biggest, and most brutal, organized crime families in Mexico.
5: A Long Reach: A Streeter Thriller – Michael Stone: The Denver Streets Belong to Streeter. Bounty hunter Streeter is a string of ex’s… ex-linebacker, ex-accountant, ex-bouncer, and a four-time ex-husband … who excels at exacting justice… with explosive results.
6: Token of Remorse: A Streeter Thriller – Michael Stone: The Waterbed King of Denver hires Streeter to track down his missing nephew, Richie Moats, who has robbed the owner of a string of massage parlors of his weekly take and has gone on the run. The chase takes Streeter to Mexico, where he has to find Richie before the furious tycoon’s bone-breakers do. But that’s only the beginning…as Streeter becomes entangled with Richie, and his stripper girlfriend, in a drug smuggling scam that stretches from the back alleys of Mexico to the streets of the mile-high city.
7: Piano Man – Bill Crider: The piano man has one rule: Don’t get involved. Just play the songs. But can live by that rule when he witnesses a horrific crime? And what price will he pay if he breaks it?
8: Russian Dope – Steen Langstrup: set in nineties Copenhagen, it’s the story of what happens when two addicts rip off the Russian mob of two keys of heroin.
9: Homeowner With A Gun – Samuel Hawley: It’s the middle of the night. You’re awakened by a noise. Someone is in your house. What do you do?
When it happens at 148 Maple Drive, homeowner Jeff Shaw gets his gun and goes downstairs to investigate while his wife calls 9-1-1. It’s their home, after all. Jeff has to protect it. He finds two men in the kitchen and shoots them both. Dead.
Fat Ollie Weeks fancies himself a writer along the lines of Joseph Wambaugh that has written a sure fire bestseller. That it’s not very long shows that our boy doesn’t really understand. When his “book” is stolen from his car, he turns the city upside down frantically looking for it. You see, it’s his only copy(these were the days when carbon copies ruled).
The crook thinks it’s a report on a hidden cache of gems and starts looking for them. When no street names or businesses match up, he presumes it’s code and tries to break it.
While Ollie is trying to find his bestseller, the 87th is stuck working real crimes. The fun is watching Ollie’s single-minded hunt for the thief.
Hard Case Crime to Publish THIEVES FALL OUT in 2015 –
First Publication in 60 Years, First Ever Under Author’s Real Name
New York, NY; London, UK (August 14, 2014) – Hard Case Crime, the award-winning line of vintage-style crime fiction from editor Charles Ardai and publisher Titan Books, announced today that it has discovered a lost pulp crime novel by Gore Vidal, one that has been unavailable for more than 60 years and has never been published under the author’s real name. THIEVES FALL OUT, the story of an American trying to smuggle an ancient treasure out of Egypt on the eve of a bloody revolution, will be published in hardcover in April 2015.
In 1953, when he was 28 years old and already enjoying the combination of literary esteem and scandal that would mark his career as one of the major authors and intellectual figures of the 20th century, Gore Vidal wrote a pulp crime novel under the name “Cameron Kay” (the name of his great-uncle, a Texas attorney general). THIEVES FALL OUT has never been reprinted.
“This novel provides a delicious glimpse into the mind of Gore Vidal in his formative years,” said Charles Ardai. “By turns mischievous and deadly serious, Vidal tells the story of a man caught up in events bigger than he is, a down-on-his-luck American in Cairo at a time when revolution is brewing and heads are about to roll. THIEVES FALL OUT also offers a startling glimpse of Egypt in turmoil – despite having been written over half a century ago, it feels as current as the news streaming from that region today.”
Gore Vidal was one of America’s greatest and most controversial writers. The author of twenty-three novels, five plays, three memoirs, numerous screenplays and short stories, and well over two hundred essays, he received the National Book Award in 1993.
THIEVES FALL OUT will feature a new cover painting by Glen Orbik, one of Hard Case Crime’s most acclaimed painters. Orbik’s previous covers for Hard Case Crime include JOYLAND by Stephen King and BINARY by Michael Crichton (writing as John Lange).
About Hard Case Crime
Called “the best new American publisher to appear in the last decade” by Neal Pollack in The Stranger, Hard Case Crime has been nominated for and/or won numerous honors since its inception including the Edgar, the Shamus, the Anthony, the Barry, and the Spinetingler Award. The series’ books have been adapted for television and film, with two features currently in development at Universal Pictures, a TV pilot based on Max Allan Collins’ Quarry novels in development by Cinemax, and the TV series Haven going into its fifth season on SyFy. Recent Hard Case Crime titles include Stephen King’s #1 New York Times bestseller, Joyland; James M. Cain’s lost final novel, The Cocktail Waitress; a series of eight lost novels written by Michael Crichton under the pseudonym “John Lange”; and Brainquake, the final novel of writer/filmmaker Samuel Fuller. Hard Case Crime is published through a collaboration between Winterfall LLC and Titan Publishing Group. http://www.hardcasecrime.com
Brash Words: Lots of Positive Buzz Leading Up to Our Sept 2 Launch
The Brash editions I’ve seen so far are handsome, trade-size paperbacks, with bold cover imagery and elegant interior design. “Joel and I decided right off that we were either going to do this ‘first-class’ or not at all,” says Goldberg.
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183: WE: A Skinning War(ebooks) – David Hardy
184: WE: Backed By The Law – Louis Masterson
185: WE: Armagosa Ambush(ebook) – Will Murray
186: AD: Enter The Saint – Leslie Charteris
187: WE: Last Stagecoach To Hell(ebook) – James Reasoner
188: TH: Pieces of Death – Jack Lynch
189: SF: Warchild: Spirit(ebook) – Ernie Lindsey
190: WE: Trail Justice (The Westward Tide Book 1)(ebook) – Jack Tyree(Wayne D. Dundee)
191: WE: A Ranger’s Honour – Louis Masterson
192: CR: Dinero Del Mar (The Drifter Detective Book 5)(ebook) – Garnett Elliott
193: SF: NETfold: Aliens Science Fiction (Cyberpunk Adventure Book 1)(ebook) – Gur Shomron
194: TH: Inca’s Death Cave – Bradford Wheler
195: TH: The Owl(ebook) – Bob Forward
196: TH: The Execution – Dick Wolf
197: WE: Marshal and Murderer – Louis Masterson
198: WE: No Tears For Morgan Kane – Louis Masterson
199: TH: Lover Man(ebook) – Dallas Murphy
200: AD: Red Shadows, Green Hell(ebook) – David Hardy
201: TH: The Last Whisper In The Dark – Tom Piccirilli
202: MY: Smashed(A Las Vegas Mystery) – Rex Kusler
203: SF: The Rise of The Phoenix(ebook) – Massimo Marino
204: WE: Racing A Dog Star(ebook) – Richard Prosch
205: CR: Broadchurch – Erin Kelly
206: LT: Suspended Animation(ebook) – Shweta Ganesh Kumar
207: TH: Bones Never Lie – Kathy Reichs
From 1930, THE SAINT CLOSES THE CASE would be in modern parlance a fix-up novel. It was initially two separate stories published in THRILLER magazine in 1929. Charteris took a chunk out of the first story and dropped the second in the middle, of course doing some re-writing to smooth things over.
The tale concerns Simon Templar and his lady Patricia stumbling upon a demonstration of a new weapon of mass destruction. The Saint is appalled and determines to stop this weapon. The world is still getting over the Great War and the millions sacrificed to then new weapons of tanks and machine guns.
The Simon Templar of this early story is not the genteel fellow of later stories. He’s perfectly willing to kill the scientist if he can’t be persuaded to abandon development of his super weapon.
The first title it was published under was THE LAST HERO and occasional editions over the years have used it. One of Amazob’s publishing arms, Thomas & Mercer, is putting out uniform cover editions with introductions by prominent authors in the mystery field.
OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE:
Sony Pictures Entertainment announced today Shane Black will direct the film adaptation of the popular adventure book series The Destroyer by Warren Murphy. Penning the screenplay are Jim Uhls (Fight Club) and James Mullaney. Mullaney co-authored and became the sole writer of The Destroyer until the series’ end in 2008. Charles Roven, Steve Chasman, and Andy Horwitz will produce. Michael De Luca and Lauren Abrahams will oversee for Sony Pictures Entertainment.
The Destroyer is based on the series of paperback novels in which Newark cop Remo Williams is framed, sentenced to death, then resurrected following a botched execution. The reason? To serve as enforcement arm for CURE, a top-secret, extra-Constitutional arm of the U.S. government. Along with a seemingly ageless – and often hilarious – Asian assassin known only as Chiun, Williams sets out to “clean up” and take out those who oppose America’s interests. The surprisingly-heartfelt stories combine edgy old-school suspense with Eastern mysticism to produce unique, rapid-fire capers full of slick banter, social satire, and sudden violence.
Here’s what producer Charles Roven of Atlas Entertainment had to say in a statement.
“Shane has been a fan of the original Destroyer book series since its inception and he has an incredible vision for this film. Atlas couldn’t be more fortunate to be working with this talented director on this material. The narrative Jim and James have created is incredibly rich and while it’s a story rooted in adventure, it is also very much character driven.”
Michael De Luca, president of Production for Columbia Pictures, had this to say in his statement.
“The Destroyer is a two-fisted classic and deserves no less than the genius of Shane Black. We couldn’t be more excited about his vision for this character.”
Shane Black is currently attached to co-write and direct Doc Savage, based on the hero of pulp novels, films, and comic books, for Columbia Pictures. Black most recently wrote and directed Iron Man 3, which became the fifth highest grossing film of all time worldwide. He began his career in screenwriting, making his mark with Lethal Weapon and collaborating on its sequel. Black’s directorial debut came in 2005 with his critically acclaimed Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang starring Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer.
Jim Uhls is best known for having written the screenplay for the classic film Fight Club directed by David Fincher. Subsequently he has written a number of films and television shows, having worked with the likes of Steven Spielberg, Doug Liman, and Shane Black, to name a few. Jim began his career as an original member of The Actors Gang when it was founded at UCLA.
James Mullaney is a Shamus Award-nominated novelist who has written 37 books, as well as comics and short stories. He is author of the Red Menace series of spy thrillers and the comic-fantasy-noir Crag Banyon Mysteries detective series.