If you’ve followed my blog for some time or on Instagram, you’ll know that I’m an avid collector of the Hard Case Crime series.
The perfect combination of hard boiled crime stories and stunning pin-up cover art. All are shorter mystery novels and by an array of authors. A non-sequential series (with the exception of the Quarry series) that’s fun to pick up and search for in the used bookstores. The best part? They keep releasing more and more!
WITNESS TO MYSELF – Seymour Shubin
Fifteen years ago, teenager Alan Benning jogged off a beach—and into a nightmare. Because what awaited him in the Cape Cod woods was an unspeakable temptation, a moment of panic, and a brutal memory that would haunt him for the rest of his life.
Now a successful lawyer, Alan finds himself drawn back to the scene of the crime, desperate to learn the truth about what happened on the long-ago summer day. But even as he grapples with his own dark secrets, he finds himself hounded by a shadowy adversary—and by the forces of justice, drawing their net around him tighter by the day
THE COLORADO KID – Stephen King (original and newly illustrated edition)
On an island off the coast of Maine, a man is found dead. There’s no identification on the body. Only the dogged work of a pair of local newspapermen and a graduate student in forensics turns up any clues.
But that’s just the beginning of the mystery. Because the more they learn about the man and the baffling circumstances of his death, the less they understand. Was it an impossible crime? Or something stranger still…?
No one but Stephen King could tell this story about the darkness at the heart of the unknown and our compulsion to investigate the unexplained. With echoes of Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon and the work of Graham Greene, one of the world’s great storytellers presents a surprising tale that explores the nature of mystery itself…
HELP I AM BEING HELD PRISONER – Donald E. Westlake
JAILED FOR A JOKE
It isn’t easy going to jail for being a practical joker. Of course, this particular joke left 20 cars wrecked on the highway and two politicians’ careers in tatters – so jail is where Harold Künt landed. Now he’s just trying to keep a low profile in the Big House. He wants no part of his fellow inmates’ plan to use an escape tunnel to rob two banks. But it’s too late: he’s in it up to his neck. And that neck may just wind up in a noose…
HELP I AM BEING HELD PRISONER is Donald E. Westlake at his funniest and his most ingenious, a rediscovered crime classic from the MWA Grand Master returning to stores for the first time in three decades.
PIMP – Ken Bruen and Jason Starr
Reteaming a decade after their award-nominated first collaboration, Bruen and Starr complete the saga of wannabe druglord Max Fisher and his one-time assistant Angela, now working in the capital of sin and depravity: Hollywood.
THE GUNS OF HEAVEN – Pete Hamill
TOMORROW, THE STRUGGLE WILL BE FOUGHT ON OUR STREETS
On a visit to Northern Ireland, newspaper reporter Sam Briscoe meets with a mysterious IRA leader and agrees to deliver an envelope to his supporters in New York City. It’s a decision with grave consequences – not just for Briscoe, but for his 11-year-old daughter as well. Because the bloody Irish conflict is about to come to the streets of New York, and Briscoe is the only man standing in its way…
THE KNIFE SLIPPED – Erle Stanley Gardner (Writing as A.A. Fair)
At the time of his death, Erle Stanley Gardner was the best-selling American author of the 20th century, creator of crusading attorney Perry Mason and the hardboiled detective team of Cool and Lam, stars of 29 novels, and one that’s never been published until now. Lost for more than 75 years, THE KNIFE SLIPPED is a glorious return to the heyday of private eyes and shady dames, of powerful criminals, crooked cops, blazing dialogue, and delicious plot twists.