Hard Case Crime

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Hard Case Crime is an American imprint of hardboiled crime novels founded in 2004 by Charles Ardai, also known as the founder of the Internet service Juno Online Services, and Max Phillips.[1][2] The series recreates, in editorial form and content, the flavor of the paperback crime novels of the 1940s and '50s. The covers feature original illustrations done in a style familiar from the golden age of paperbacks (the 1950s and '60s), credited to artists such as Robert McGinnis and Glen Orbik.[3]

The collection includes both reprints of books from the pulp era (typically labeled Complete and unabridged on the cover), and new novels written for the collection (typically labeled First publication anywhere). The top-selling entries in the series to date have been novels by Stephen King: The Colorado Kid (2005), which later became the basis for the SyFy television series Haven,[4][5][6] and Joyland (2013).

Six novels published by Hard Case have been nominated for the Edgar Award: In 2005, Little Girl Lost, by Richard Aleas (a pseudonym for Hard Case Crime co-founder Charles Ardai that is both an anagram of Ardai's name and a play on "alias"), was nominated as Best First Novel by an American Author, and Domenic Stansberry's The Confession won the award for Best Paperback Original; in 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2014, respectively, Allan Guthrie's Kiss Her Goodbye, Russell Hill's Robbie's Wife, Christa Faust's Money Shot, and Stephen King's Joyland were nominated for Best Paperback Original.[7]

Max Phillips' Fade to Blonde won the 2005 Shamus Award for Best Paperback Novel of the Year, and Charles Ardai's pseudonymous "Richard Aleas" novel Songs of Innocence won the same award in 2008.[8] Ardai also received the Edgar Award in 2007, for his short story "The Home Front."[9]

Between 2004 and 2010, Hard Case Crime was published through a collaboration between Ardai's company, Winterfall LLC, and Dorchester Publishing. Starting in 2011, Titan Books replaced Dorchester as publisher of the series.[10] Additionally, two volumes in the series, one reprinting a pair of early Lawrence Block novels, 69 Barrow Street and Strange Embrace, the other a collection of Lawrence Block short stories, Catch and Release, were published by Subterranean Press.[11]

Titles[edit]

# Title Author Cover Artist Release Date Earliest Copyright ISBN Notes
001 Grifter's Game Lawrence Block Chuck Pyle September 2004 1961 0-8439-5349-7 Complete and unabridged
002 Fade to Blonde Max Phillips Gregory Manchess September 2004 2004 0-8439-5350-0 First publication anywhere
003 Top of the Heap Erle Stanley Gardner Bill Nelson October 2004 1952 0-8439-5352-7 First publication in 30 years
004 Little Girl Lost Richard Aleas Robert McGinnis October 2004 2004 0-8439-5351-9 First time in paperback
005 Two for the Money Max Allan Collins Mark Texeira November 2004 1973 0-8439-5353-5 Complete and unabridged
006 The Confession Domenic Stansberry Richard B. Farrell November 2004 2004 0-8439-5354-3 First publication anywhere
007 Home Is the Sailor Day Keene Richard B. Farrell and Gregory Manchess March 2005 1952 0-8439-5356-X First publication in over 30 years
008 Kiss Her Goodbye Allan Guthrie Chuck Pyle March 2005 2005 0-8439-5355-1 First publication anywhere
009 361 Donald E. Westlake Richard B. Farrell May 2005 1962 0-8439-5357-8 Complete and unabridged
010 Plunder of the Sun David Dodge Robert McGinnis May 2005 1949 0-8439-5358-6 Complete and unabridged
011 Branded Woman Wade Miller Glen Orbik July 2005 1952 0-8439-5359-4 Complete and unabridged
012 Dutch Uncle Peter Pavia Richard B. Farrell July 2005 2005 0-8439-5360-8 First publication anywhere
013 The Colorado Kid Stephen King Glen Orbik October 2005 2005 0-8439-5584-8 First publication anywhere
014 The Girl with the Long Green Heart Lawrence Block Robert McGinnis November 2005 1965 0-8439-5585-6 Complete and unabridged
015 The Gutter and the Grave Ed McBain Richard B. Farrell December 2005 1958 0-8439-5587-2 Complete and unabridged
016 Night Walker Donald Hamilton Tim Gabor January 2006 1954 0-8439-5586-4 Complete and unabridged
017 A Touch of Death Charles Williams Chuck Pyle February 2006 1953 0-8439-5588-0 Complete and unabridged
018 Say It with Bullets Richard Powell Michael Koelsch March 2006 1953 0-8439-5589-9 First publication in 50 years
019 Witness to Myself Seymour Shubin Larry Schwinger April 2006 2006 0-8439-5590-2 First publication anywhere
020 Bust Ken Bruen and Jason Starr Richard B. Farrell May 2006 2006 0-8439-5591-0 First publication anywhere
021 Straight Cut Madison Smartt Bell Chuck Pyle June 2006 1986 0-8439-5592-9 Complete and unabridged
022 Lemons Never Lie Richard Stark Richard B. Farrell July 2006 1971 0-8439-5593-7 Complete and unabridged
023 The Last Quarry Max Allan Collins Robert McGinnis August 2006 2006 (drawn in part from short story published in 1989) 0-8439-5594-5 First publication anywhere
024 The Guns of Heaven Pete Hamill Larry Schwinger September 2006 1983 0-8439-5595-3 Complete and unabridged
025 The Last Match David Dodge William George October 2006 2003 (written in 1973 but not published until 2006) 0-8439-5596-1 Never before published
026 Grave Descend John Lange Gregory Manchess November 2006 (reissued as by "Michael Crichton writing as John Lange" in October 2013) 1970 0-8439-5597-X Complete and unabridged
027 The Peddler Richard S. Prather Robert McGinnis December 2006 1952 0-8439-5598-8 Complete and unabridged
028 Lucky At Cards Lawrence Block Chuck Pyle February 2007 1964 0-8439-5768-9 First publication in almost 40 years
029 Robbie's Wife Russell Hill[12] Richard B. Farrell March 2007 2007 0-8439-5769-7 First publication anywhere
030 The Vengeful Virgin Gil Brewer Gregory Manchess April 2007 1958 0-8439-5770-0 Complete and unabridged
031 The Wounded and the Slain David Goodis Glen Orbik May 2007 1955 0-8439-5771-9 Complete and unabridged
032 Blackmailer George Axelrod Glen Orbik June 2007 1952 0-8439-5772-7 Complete and unabridged
033 Songs of Innocence Richard Aleas Glen Orbik July 2007 2007 0-8439-5773-5 First Publication Anywhere
034 Fright Cornell Woolrich Arthur Suydam August 2007 1950 0-8439-5774-3 First publication in over 50 years
035 Kill Now, Pay Later Robert Terrall Robert McGinnis September 2007 1960 0-8439-5775-1 Complete and unabridged
036 Slide Ken Bruen and Jason Starr Richard B. Farrell October 2007 2007 0-8439-5776-X First publication anywhere
037 Dead Street Mickey Spillane Arthur Suydam November 2007 2007 0-8439-5777-8 Never before published
038 Deadly Beloved Max Allan Collins Terry Beatty December 2007 2007 0-8439-5778-6 First publication anywhere
039 A Diet of Treacle Lawrence Block Chuck Pyle January 2008 1961 0-8439-5957-6 Complete and unabridged
040 Money Shot Christa Faust Glen Orbik February 2008 2008 0-8439-5958-4 First publication anywhere
041 Zero Cool John Lange Gregory Manchess March 2008 (reissued as by "Michael Crichton writing as John Lange" in November 2013) 1969 0-8439-5959-2 Complete and unabridged
042 Shooting Star/Spiderweb Robert Bloch Arthur Suydam/Larry Schwinger April 2008 1958/1954 0-8439-5960-6 Two complete novels
043 The Murderer Vine Shepard Rifkin Ken Laager May 2008 1970 0-8439-5961-4 Complete and unabridged
044 Somebody Owes Me Money Donald E. Westlake Michael Koelsch June 2008 1969 0-8439-5962-2 First publication in over 35 years
045 No House Limit Steve Fisher Richard B. Farrell July 2008 1958 0-8439-5963-0 Complete and unabridged
046 Baby Moll John Farris Robert McGinnis August 2008 1958 0-8439-5964-9 First publication in 50 years
047 The Max Ken Bruen and Jason Starr Glen Orbik September 2008 2008 0-8439-5966-5 First publication anywhere
048 The First Quarry Max Allan Collins Ken Laager October 2008 2008 0-8439-5965-7 First publication anywhere
049 Gun Work David J. Schow Joe DeVito November 2008 2008 0-8439-5967-3 First publication anywhere
050 Fifty-To-One Charles Ardai Glen Orbik December 2008 2008 0-8439-5968-1 First publication anywhere
051 Killing Castro Lawrence Block Sharif Tarabay January 2009 1961 0-8439-6113-9 First publication in almost 50 years
052 The Dead Man's Brother Roger Zelazny Chuck Pyle February 2009 2009 (written but not published in 1971) 0-8439-6114-7 First publication anywhere
053 The Cutie Donald E. Westlake Ken Laager March 2009 1960 0-8439-6115-5 Complete and unabridged
054 House Dick E. Howard Hunt Glen Orbik April 2009 1961 0-8439-6116-3 Complete and unabridged
055 Casino Moon Peter Blauner Ricky Mujica May 2009 1994 0-8439-6117-1 Complete and unabridged
056 Fake I.D. Jason Starr Gregg Kreutz June 2009 2000 0-8439-6118-X First U.S. publication ever
057 Passport To Peril Robert B. Parker Gregory Manchess July 2009 1951 0-8439-6119-8 First publication in over 50 years
058 Stop This Man! Peter Rabe Robert McGinnis August 2009 1955 0-8439-6120-1 First publication in 45 years
059 Losers Live Longer Russell Atwood Robert McGinnis September 2009 2009 0-8439-6121-X First publication ever
060 Honey In His Mouth Lester Dent Ron Lesser October 2009 2009 (written but not published in 1956) 0-8439-6122-8 First publication ever
061 Quarry In The Middle Max Allan Collins Ron Lesser November 2009 2009 0-8439-6124-4 First publication ever
062 The Corpse Wore Pasties Jonny Porkpie Ricky Mujica December 2009 2009 0-8439-6123-6 First publication ever
063 The Valley of Fear Arthur Conan Doyle Glen Orbik December 2009 1915 0-8439-6295-X Inspired by a true story
064 Memory Donald E. Westlake Glen Orbik April 2010 2010 0-8439-6375-1 First publication ever
065 Nobody's Angel Jack Clark Ron Lesser June 2010 2010 (500 self-published copies of earlier version distributed in 1996) 0-8439-6327-1 First time in stores
066 Murder Is My Business Brett Halliday Robert McGinnis August 2010 1945 0-8439-6328-X Complete and unabridged
069 69 Barrow Street/Strange Embrace Lawrence Block Robert McGinnis May 2012 1961/1962 978-1-59606-489-8 Two complete novels
070 Catch and Release Lawrence Block Ken Laager September 2013 978-1-59606-571-0
101 Getting Off Lawrence Block Gregory Manchess September 2011 2011 978-0-85768-287-1 First publication anywhere
102 Quarry's Ex Max Allan Collins Gregory Manchess September 2011 2011 978-0-85768-286-4 First publication anywhere
103 The Consummata Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins Robert McGinnis October 2011 2011 978-0-85768-288-8 First publication anywhere
104 Choke Hold Christa Faust Glen Orbik October 2011 2011 978-0-85768-285-7 First publication anywhere
105 The Comedy Is Finished Donald E. Westlake Gregory Manchess February 2012 2012 (Written but not published in 1970s) 978-0-85768-408-0 First publication anywhere
106 Blood On the Mink Robert Silverberg Michael Koelsch April 2012 1962 978-0-85768-768-5
107 False Negative Joseph Koenig Glen Orbik June 2012 2012 978-0-85768-580-3 First publication anywhere
108 The Twenty-Year Death Ariel S. Winter Chuck Pyle August 2012 2012 978-0-85768-581-0 First publication anywhere
109 The Cocktail Waitress James M. Cain Michael Koelsch September 2012 2012 978-1-78116-032-9 First publication anywhere
110 Seduction of the Innocent Max Allen Collins Glen Orbik February 2013 2013 978-0-85768-748-7
111 Web of the City Harlan Ellison Glen Orbik April 2013 1958 978-1-78116-420-4
112 Joyland Stephen King Glen Orbik/Robert McGinnis June 2013 2013 978-1-78116-264-4
113 The Secret Lives of Married Women Elissa Wald Glen Orbik October 2013 978-1-78116-262-0
MC1 Odds On Michael Crichton writing as John Lange Glen Orbik November 2013 1966 978-1-78329-118-2
MC2 Scratch One Michael Crichton writing as John Lange Glen Orbik October 2013 1967 978-1-78329-119-9
MC3 Easy Go Michael Crichton writing as John Lange Glen Orbik October 2013 1968 978-1-78329-120-5
MC4 Zero Cool Michael Crichton writing as John Lange Gregory Manchess November 2013 (first issued as by "John Lange" in 2008) 1969 0-8439-5959-2 Complete and unabridged
MC5 The Venom Business Michael Crichton writing as John Lange Gregory Manchess November 2013 1969 978-1-78329-122-9
MC6 Drug of Choice Michael Crichton writing as John Lange Gregory Manchess November 2013 1970 978-1-78329-123-6
MC7 Grave Descend Michael Crichton writing as John Lange Gregory Manchess October 2013 (first issued as by "John Lange" in 2006) 1970 978-1-78329-124-3
MC8 Binary Michael Crichton writing as John Lange Glen Orbik October 2013 1972 978-1-78329-125-0
114 The Wrong Quarry Max Allan Collins Tyler Jacobson January 2014 978-1-78116-266-8
115 Borderline Lawrence Block Michael Koelsch May 2014 978-1-78116-266-8
116 Brainquake Samuel Fuller Glen Orbik September 2014 1962 978-1-78116-819-6
117 Easy Death Daniel Doyd Glen Orbik November 2014 2014 978-1-857682-579-7
118 Quarry's Choice Max Allan Collins Robert McGinnis January 2015 2015 978-1-78329-084-0
119 Thieves Fall Out Gore Vidal Glen Orbik April 2015 1953 978-1-78116-792-2

References[edit]

  1. ^ Grossman, Lev; Stoller, Terry (2008-09-26). "Single Malts and Double Crosses: Hard-Boiled Books". Time Magazine. 
  2. ^ Hamilton, Denise (2006-07-02). "A Crime Line of Passion". Los Angeles Times. 
  3. ^ "Hard Case Shows a Soft Spot for Pulp". National Public Radio. 2008-05-05. 
  4. ^ Schneider, Michael (September 28, 2009). "Stephen King chills tube again". Variety. Archived from the original on June 23, 2010. Retrieved June 23, 2010. 
  5. ^ Lambert, David (March 30, 2011). "Haven - Syfy's Hot New Show, Based on Stephen King's  '​The Colorado Kid '​, Announced for DVD and Blu-ray". TV Shows on DVD. Retrieved April 1, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Syfy celebrates summer 2010 with first ever Thursday night reality bloc". The Futon Critic. March 31, 2010. Retrieved June 23, 2010. 
  7. ^ "The Edgar Awards". 
  8. ^ "The Shamus Awards". 
  9. ^ "The Edgar Awards". 
  10. ^ Boog, Jason (October 20, 2010), Hard Case Crime to Relaunch with Titan Publishing, GalleyCat .
  11. ^ Lindenmuth, Brian (2010-08-10). "Hard Case Crime moves to Subterranean Press". Spinetingler. 
  12. ^ Polito, Rick (April 14, 2007). "English teacher and noir fiction writer shares his love of words". Marin Independent Journal. Retrieved May 2, 2012. 

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