Book Mail – Understudy for Death by Charles Willeford

So if you’ve followed me for awhile then you’ll know my love for the Hard Case Crime series. These books not only have the perfect pulp fiction noir going for them, but they all have gorgeous covers! I probably have 100 of them and still have so many more to find.

Thanks to Titan Books for the free copy in exchange for my honest review.

UNDERSTUDY FOR DEATH – Charles Willeford (Releasing July 17th, 2018)

I’m sure you can imagine my excitement when I opened up this package!


Here’s the synopsis:

Charles Willeford’s legendary lost novel, unavailable since its original publication in 1961.


Why would a happily married Florida housewife pick up her husband’s .22 caliber Colt Woodsman semi-automatic pistol and use it to kill her two young children and herself? Cynical newspaper reporter Richard Hudson is assigned to find out – and the assignment will send him down a road of self-discovery in this incisive, no-holds-barred portrait of American marriage in the Mad Men era.

On the 30th anniversary of the death of the masterful novelist the Atlantic Monthly called the “father of Miami crime fiction,” Hard Case Crime is proud to present Charles Willeford’s legendary lost novel, unavailable since its original publication by a disreputable paperback house in 1961. One of Willeford’s rarest titles (copies of the original edition sell for hundreds of dollars), Understudy for Death still has the power to disturb, half a century after its debut.


Are you a fan of Hard Case Crime? I know most people have really only read the King releases – JOYLAND and COLORADO KID.



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