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Monday, May 30, 2011

PULP NOW: GABRIEL HUNT UPDATE!

PULP NOW: GABRIEL HUNT UPDATE!

THE WORD FROM EDITOR CHARLES ARDAI . . .

The other day I got a message from a fan of the Gabriel Hunt books asking why there haven't been any updates in such a long time. The answer, alas, is that for the past several months we haven't had any news to share. The publisher we work with to put out the Gabriel Hunt books, Dorchester Publishing, has been going through some tumultuous times (picture them being chased down a grassy slope by blowgun-wielding natives, trying desperately to hold on to their flapping fedora), and as a result our series wound up being abruptly suspended one title short of completion (picture Gabriel Hunt frozen in carbonite).

But.

I'm happy to report that things are finally starting to thaw. The last Gabriel Hunt adventure to hit book stores in our original mass-market paperback format (those little paperbacks that fit in your jacket pocket), HUNT AMONG THE KILLERS OF MEN, is about to become the first ever to be released in the larger 'prestige' trade paperback format, one week from today. (For those of you not reading this the same day I sent it, the date in question is June 6.) (2011, for those of you not reading it the same year I sent it.)

Then in August...our sixth and final (for now) title, HUNT THROUGH NAPOLEON'S WEB, co-authored by the talented and charming Raymond Benson, will finally see print for the first time, also in trade paperback format. You can already pre-order it on Amazon.com and from other fine retailers.

And the plan is for the first four Hunt adventures to follow in subsequent months, so that before long you'll be able to have a full set in uniform editions.

Now, will there ever be a seventh Hunt adventure? Well, as a good friend once told Gabriel, never say never again. (Picture Sean Connery in a turtleneck...ah, never mind.) But things have been so tumultuous (natives, blowdarts) that we simply don't know. I have confidence in the ever-resourceful Mr. Hunt, so I wouldn't count him out just yet. But after penning six adventures in a little over 18 months, I don't blame the man at all if he requires a little time off to recharge. I like to imagine him on the grounds of the Hunt Foundation's private estate in Bali, sipping from a rum cocktail, while a gorgeous linguist lounges beside him in a tiny sarong. There may be more adventures ahead, but for now we can let the man enjoy one of his rare moments of downtime.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to get in touch -- and if you want some great summer reading, do grab yourself a copy of NAPOLEON'S WEB when the time comes.

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