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Friday, March 4, 2011

MEAN STREETMAPS!

MEAN STREETMAPS!

WRITER, INDEXER, PRESERVATIONIST EXTRODINAIRE STEVE HOLLAND GIVES US THE LOW-DOWN ON A FORTHCOMING PROJECT . . . I’M BUYING IT SIMPLY ON THE STRENGTH OF THE GREAT TITLE . . .

The long-time-coming Mean Streetmaps collection, which has been sitting on my list of upcoming books since 2009, was always intended as a Bear Alley Books project, something I was going to slip in amongst the comics' reprints. Then that plan imploded and I've had the book sitting around waiting to be finished ever since.

Mean Streetmaps is a collection of essays, most of them originally written for Crime Time magazine. As I was rarely given an editorial brief, I ended up writing on a range of subjects that interested me on the broad theme of crime in books and movies. So there are pieces about the origins of Black Mask and hardboiled fiction, essays on Mickey Spillane, W. R. Burnett, Len Deighton, James M. Cain and some of the British gangster writers of the 1950s: Griff, Ben Sarto, Dail Ambler and Pete Costello. Then there's the films of Joe Eszterhas, David Fincher and Edward D. Wood (Hollywood's worst ever filmmaker), the story of Sexton Blake's most infamous enemy, Zenith, and my take on George Orwell's famous rant about "Raffles and Miss Blandish".

I'm doing this as a very low print run hardback, so it'll be pricey. But I hope a few of you will give it a try. 240 pages, hardback in dustjacket. You can see the dustjacket cover at the top of this column. The price and ordering information will be sorted out within the next week or so. You'll know about five minutes after I've figured it all out.

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