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QUARRY’S CHOICE by Max Allan Collins

January 20, 2015

I have a lot of memories of the late 1960s and 1970s, and most of those memories are tied to books I read in those years. I discovered Tarzan of the Apes, Doc Savage, the Shadow, and others. Those books became the building blocks of my own writing career. I learned a lot about plot […]

QUARRY’S EX by Max Allan Collins

January 18, 2012

Max Allan Collins has been writing the adventures of Quarry, a professiona hitman, for decades. I’ve been with the books from the very start and have enjoyed growing up with Quarry. The character has been through a lot of changes over those years, and lately his new adventures have actually been his older ones. I […]

CHOKE HOLD by Christa Faust

November 7, 2011

Choke Hold by Christa Faust is a follow up novel to her brilliant Money Shot. Both books feature ex-porn star Angel Dare as she’s caught up in high risk stakes against criminal elements that intend to see her dead. The noir elements are played up really well in both books, and Angel Dare is one […]

THE HUNTER by Richard Stark

January 16, 2011

Click Cover To Go To Amazon I’ve made a promise to reread all the early Parker novels by Richard Stark (Donald Westlake) this year. The books are short and compact, and the reading will be a pleasure. I can burn through them in a sitting or two. The books are dated, of course, because most […]

QUARRY IN THE MIDDLE by Max Allan Collins

November 9, 2009

Max Allan Collins’s cool and deadly professional hit man, Quarry, is back for another serving of mayhem and murder – and this time he’s taking a cut right out of the middle. As the title suggests, Quarry In The Middle takes place in the middle of Quarry’s career, somewhere in the 1980s. Quarry has left […]

FAKE I. D. by Jason Starr

June 11, 2009

I don’t know that much about crime author Jason Starr, but I’m confident he’s turned over rocks at midnight in dark alleys most people wouldn’t go at high noon. Starr has a real knack for getting into the twisted and brutal psyche of fringe dwellers, like the one he introduces in his latest novel, Fake […]

Book News: HONEY IN HIS MOUTH by Lester Dent

January 16, 2009

  I just found out this morning that pulp writer Lester Dent left behind an unpublished novel.For me this is a gold mine. Those of you who read pulps know that Lester Dent was the man behind Doc Savage. Under the name Kenneth Robeson, he wrote 165 of Doc’s 181 adventures published in the 1930s […]

FIFTY-TO-ONE by Charles Ardai

November 15, 2008

  Series editor Charles Ardai carved himself a nice piece of real estate by deciding to write Hard Case Crime’s fiftieth book. On the outside looking in, a lot of people might think this move was merely an ego trip. But that will change the instant they start turning pages in Fifty-to-One. Ardai expertly hooks […]

THE FIRST QUARRY by Max Allan Collins

October 12, 2008

Crime and suspense novelist Max Allan Collins has been writing about a professional hitman codenamed Quarry for forty years. I picked up the first book back in my teens and fell in love with the hard-hitting sparse style and the no-nonsense approach the author has with the character. Quarry, real name unknown, served in Vietnam […]

BABY MOLL by John Farris

August 31, 2008

Hard Case Crime’s latest pulp offering comes from 1958, and from a writer who’d published the book under the pseudonym, Steve Brackeen. Today, however, John Farris is known more for his novels of unrelenting suspense and horror offerings. The book is dressed up in lethally sexy new cover by Robert McGinnis, the absolute master of […]