We've got a star-studded month for you this time -- or more precisely, a Starr-studded month. In a bookstore near you there's our September title, THE MAX, co-written by Ken Bruen and Jason Starr; it's the third book in their series that began with BUST and continued with SLIDE, and Booklist described it as "like NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN as written by Mel Brooks."
Meanwhile, newly up on our Web site -- www.HardCaseCrime.com -- is a sneak peek at Jason Starr's legendary "lost" novel, FAKE I.D., which has been published in England, Germany, and Italy, but never in America. THE MAX is a very dark black comedy -- you'll either be deeply offended by it or will laugh yourself silly.
FAKE I.D. is also very dark...but there's nothing comic about it. It's a grim, tight noir story in which things start out bad for the main character and only get worse from there. The magazine Time Out London called it "a powerful novel of the American Dream turning into American Nightmare" and the Web site Pulpetti described it as "an American masterpiece, a piece of great literature while it’s also a great crime novel." We're very proud to be publishing it for the first time in the U.S. You'll be able to read the whole thing next June. If you want to read the first chapter in the meantime, you'll find it on our site.
In other news, Bruen and Starr's SLIDE is now up for the Anthony Award and my good friend Richard Aleas' SONGS OF INNOCENCE is up for the Shamus Award. Both awards will be announced at Bouchercon in October. If you haven't read one or both of these books, their award nominations are as good an excuse as any.
You should still be able to find copies at your local bookstore -- but if you can't, you can always order them (or any of our books) either online or by calling Dorchester Publishing toll-free at 1-800-481-9191.
In other news, I'm pleased to announce two new additions to our 2009 list: first, a reprint by pulp master Peter Rabe (his very first novel, with the wonderfully pulpy title STOP THIS MAN!); second, the first new book in a decade from a writer whose first novel, EAST OF A, became something of a cult classic: Russell Atwood. Russell's new book also has a wonderful pulp title: LOSERS LIVE LONGER. And both books will feature brand new cover paintings by the great Robert McGinnis.
Something to look forward to, no? But it's not as though you have to wait till 2009 for good stuff to start arriving -- in addition to THE MAX, over the remainder of this year we'll be bringing you some tasty treats indeed, starting with THE FIRST QUARRY by Max Allan Collins in October ("Extreme pleasure pours from every page"--Bookgasm); GUN WORK by David J. Schow in November ("A gory, fast-paced pulp tour de force in the classic style"--Publishers Weekly); and then our big "50th anniversary" book, FIFTY-TO ONE, in December ("High-speed action...nonstop thrills...and entertaining characters make this a page-turner from start to finish"--Publishers Weekly). All brand new, all never-before-published, and you're not going to want to miss any of 'em.
More soon -- including a contest tied to the upcoming launch of our sister series, The Adventures of Gabriel Hunt...
Editor, Hard Case Crime