JUDGE NOT MY SINS by Stuart James

The provocative story of a fierce, destructive affair… of a man who longs to love without restraint, to give up his wife and children to plunge himself into a consuming passion that threatens his world… and of a woman who is driven by desire, and tormented by the horrible knowledge that her voracious hungers will destroy the man she loves. A classic novel of 1950s suburban life by Stuart James, author of FRISCO FLAT and BUCKS COUNTY REPORT.

HOOP NOIR – Two Full Novels by Ralph Dennis

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Two gritty, fast-moving novels set in the world of basketball by legendary crime writer Ralph Dennis.

THE BROKEN FIXER

A hard-edged novel of sex, crime, and corruption in 1970s Atlanta…and the man who is paid to hide it all. Vince Gorman is a ruthless lawyer with flexible morality who makes problems go away for David Wardlaw, an Atlanta real estate developer and the owner of the city’s pro basketball team. Wardlaw doesn’t care how Vince fixes things…as long as it gets done. But now Vince is in over his head… covering up a possibly fatal hit-and-run by the team’s hard-partying star shooter… and competing with Wardlaw’s rivals to bribe, blackmail and intimidate the corrupt politicians who award the city’s rich construction contracts…all while desperately scrambling to keep his own life of dark secrets, relentless womanizing, and soul-rotting compromises from crashing down around him. 

This is an edited and revised version of a book previously published in 1975 under the title Atlanta.

THE NEW FIVE

A lost, previously unpublished manuscript discovered decades after Ralph Dennis’ death. The legendary crime novelist takes “police procedural” approach to 1980s college basketball, tracking a struggling, but ambitious team through a tumultuous season, approaching each game like a decisive battle in a bloody war.

Timothy McCarren is the tough, hard-charging new sports director at a small North Carolina university. To him, the basketball court is a battlefield, the players are his soldiers, and he is their cunning General, leading them into war…and showing no mercy. He will do whatever it takes, bend any rule, and push his players to their physical and emotional limits to make them champions.

Praise for Ralph Dennis:

“THE BROKEN FIXER is a forerunner of THE WIRE in its insight into the way the city really works. It’s a story that ropes you in. Dennis displays an impressive scope and great characterisations. This is cool noir and the story is perfectly pitched. An ambitious and insightful read.” NB Magazine UK

“Ralph Dennis has mastered the genre and supplied top entertainment.” New York Times

“His prose is muscular, swift and highly readable. ” Joe R. Lansdale, author of the Hap & Leonard novels, the basis for the hit TV series.

“Exceptional characterization, strong and vigorous prose, and a glimpse into a place and time that has long since disappeared.” Mystery Scene Magazine

“An underappreciated master.” Robert J. Randisi, founder of the Private Eye Writers of America.

“Straight-up, hardboiled crime fiction, written in a tight, evocative voice with a wicked, dark sense of humor.” Lee Goldberg, #1 New York Times bestselling author of True Fiction and Lost Hills.

THE NEW FIVE by Ralph Dennis

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There’s never been a sports novel like this one. The basketball action is so raw and visceral, you’ll feel like you’re on the court yourself.

A lost, previously unpublished novel from the late Ralph Dennis, author of the legendary Hardman series of crime novels. Now he takes a gritty, hard-boiled “police procedural” approach to 1980s college basketball, tracking a struggling, but ambitious team through a tumultuous season, approaching each game like a decisive battle in a bloody war.

Timothy McCarren is the tough, hard-charging new sports director at a small North Carolina university. To him, the basketball court is a battlefield, the players are his soldiers, and he is their cunning General, leading them into war…and showing no mercy. He will do whatever it takes, bend any rule, and push his players to their physical and emotional limits to make them champions.

Praise for Ralph Dennis

“Exceptional characterization, strong and vigorous prose, and a glimpse into a place and time that has long since disappeared.” Mystery Scene Magazine

“Gritty writing? Tough talk? Gripping action? Yes, yes and yes.” The Daily Oklahoman

“His prose was muscular, swift and highly readable. Like Chandler and Hammett before him, Dennis was trying to do something different with what was thought of as throwaway literature.” Joe R. Lansdale

“A breathless, lean noir thriller. Every line is razor sharp.” Publishers Weekly

“Ralph Dennis has mastered the genre and supplied top entertainment.” New York Times

“Believable and constantly thrilling.” The Spy Guys & Gals Site

“It’s gritty, it’s grounded, and it’s also strong on character. The writing is a cut above.” NB Magazine UK

“An underappreciated master.” Robert J. Randisi, founder of the Private Eye Writers of America.

“Straight-up, hard-boiled crime fiction, written in a tight, evocative voice with a wicked, dark sense of humor.” Lee Goldberg, #1 New York Times bestselling author

HOT BLOOD by John Burton Thompson

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A bold, gripping story of the unbridled lust for sex and power in the sweltering, deep south of the 1950s… by day, Kenton was a sleepy, Louisiana town. By night, it sizzled with forbidden passions and unspeakable violence…

Some on the bayou say Karen Snowden was a good girl… others say she was born bad. Either way, the men all seemed to want her. Perhaps that’s why everyone wondered…. did she ask for what happened to her, or was she an innocent victim of violent lust?

Dick Gamble knew all the answers…and as far as willing Jenny and tempting Annette were concerned, he did. He divided his time between their lavish charms. It became more difficult when he met Karel…but he wasn’t the only one who wanted her. And then, in one savage hour, everything changed…as if a bomb had been dropped on their town.

“A scalding indictment of small town morals…takes up where Peyton Place and Bramble Bush leave off,” Orrie Hitt

SPEED DEMON by Jim Bosworth

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A craze for speed….what will break first, the flesh or the machine? Speed Demon is a super-charged adventure in the high-speed, nerve shattering world of race car drivers… and it’s the story of their women, whose passions are aroused as much by the roaring machines as by the men who drive them.

Car racing in 1958 is not just a sport for Martin Janis… it’s his life. After a series of deadly triumphs melting California asphalt with his speed in a quick-silver, Italian-made car, driving for a wealthy sportsman, Martin accepts a dream offer from an Italian car-maker to race on the man-killing tracks of Europe. The battles Martin has to fight within the legendary car company are almost as dangerous as the curves of the track…and the curves of Anna, a glamorous, beautiful and hot-blooded woman who is using every tool she has to seperate Martin from Charlotte, his home-town love who travels with him from the U.S. His personal and professional challenges come to a fiery climax at the German Grand Prix on the treacherous Nuremburg Ring in an unforgettable, heart-pounding race.

This is one of the most authentic, powerful, and exciting novels ever written about car racing…the first book by Jim Bosworth, author of the epic and enduring western The Long Way North.

BEYOND DESIRE by Richard Himmel

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Would he ever have the strength to resist her? To call his life his own once more?

Clarissa…in her arms, Peter achieved manhood. She taught him that to love too many women was to love none at all. He was obsessed with her, drugged by her warmth and willingness. By now, he was ready to kill himself and her if she refused him…

“Decidedly off-beat but nonetheless absorbing. Himmel makes a most unusual story convincing. He should rake’em in.” Pensacola News-Journal

THE SHAME by Richard Himmel

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Kit Greer was a war widow. Lovely, young and very lonely…the startling story of a woman who could not forget the past and a man who dared not remember.

Originally published as Soul of Passion, the first novel by Richard Himmel, who would become a bestselling and widely acclaimed author of crime novels and thrillers…as well as a world-renowned interior designer.

THE AWAKENING OF JENNY by Lillian Colter

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The scandalous bestseller about a woman desperate for love… and for the physical release she’s never experienced. Back in print for the first time in sixty years!

Jenny Adams fears men…and is disgusted by sex…and yet longs to experience true love and searing, physical bliss. So she gives herself to men in the violent hope that it isn’t an empty dream. Through a disasterous marriage and multiple relationships, she desperately searches for a man she can truly love and who can, finally, unlock and satisfy her deepest carnal desires…something she fears is a cruel, unattainable myth. Or is it? Her journey to find out is an unforgettable saga of romance, passion and hope.

This novel, first published in 1950, was one of the books that launched Fawcett’s famed Gold Medal line of paperback originals….selling hundreds of thousands of copies over multiple printings throughout the decade. And yet, nothing is known about “Lillian Colter.” She doesn’t seem to have written a book before or since The Awakening of Jenny,nor did she do any interviews, leading some collectors to suspect “Lillian Colter” was a pseudonym for another author. If so, others argue, why didn’t the publisher capitalize on the massive success of this book to churn out more titles under her name? Is Lillian Colter a real author? Did she only write one bestseller, helping to launch a legendary imprint… and then disappear into obscurity? It’s a mystery.

FACE OF MY ASSASSIN by Jan Huckins & Carolyn Weston

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A lost literary classic, back-in-print for the first time in 60 YEARS, a powerful novel in the tradition of IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT and TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

It’s 1959. Matthew Scott is a widowed, alcoholic reporter from New York who seeks personal and professional redemption when he’s sent to the Deep South to write about a town that is defying a U.S. Supreme Court decision to integrate blacks into schools. His mere presence is a catalyst that ignites long-buried racial, political, religious, and personal conflicts among the residents, both white and black, ripping the town apart. Those tensions violently explode when Scott is falsely arrested by the bigoted, tyrannical sheriff for the rape and murder of an out-spoken black schoolteacher.

This is a stunning, shockingly vivid portrait of a dark time in America’s history, a tale of intolerance, bigotry and hope that’s as relevant today as it was sixty years ago…

Praise for FACE OF MY ASSASSIN:

“At sixty-one years distance it’s hard not to read this novel for the remarkable social document it is, for what it says about segregation in the 1950s. The issues Face of My Assassin raises are sometimes brutal and obvious but there’s a lot of subtly here too. As integration is coming to the fore this novel explores prejudice in all its forms –institutional, paternalistic, unconscious — but also the possibility of change and the way people see their own racism. It’s a powerful piece of writing.” NB Magazine UK

“Jan Huckins and Carolyn Weston have a true ear for Southern speech, a sharp eye for Southern style, and an acute feeling for the South…they have treated eloquently a significant segment of the current Southern tragedy in perhaps the only way the sad tale can be told — as fiction with a heavy beat of melodrama.” Arkansas Gazette

“A vivid portrait of a community…the book’s detail is surprisingly sharp. The authors have told a moving story filled with passion and pathos, and a little joy. The final effect is a telling denunciation of racial prejudice.” Arizona Daily Star

“An exciting melodrama dealing with integration in the South…a thorough examination of southern racial attitudes. The book has the power to move and enlighten reader.” Los Angeles Times

“Written in a smooth, expert style, [with] a plot that outdoes Faulkner in imagination.” Dan Wakefield, The Saturday Review

“An exciting novel and one valuable because of its sociological meaning.” Lincoln Journal-Star

“This intense novel will hold your interest and send you racing from page to page as you observe an almost imperceptible change in a bigoted small town. The characters vibrate with life and make this novel one of the most vital of the year.” Napa Valley Star

“A romantinc-realistic novel about the present-day South. This is an especially thought-provoking novel, sympathetic to black and white, and written with admirable objectivity.” Pittsburgh Courier

“They write with indignation and authority, with urgency and verve.. [the book] has something significant to say and tells its story with pace and narrative skill.” Rocky Mountain Telegraph

“While the novel is good melodrama, one may hope that it is also true prophecy. Face of My Assassin makes good reading and has the additional value of suggesting that the problem of segregation-integration issue is not so much that the Southern people have unenlightened opinions as that many of them are too lethargic to stand up and be counted as enlightened ones.” MANAS Journal, Explorations in Ethical Thought

TORMENTED by Carolyn Weston

Tormented by Carolyn Weston

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A searing novel of erotic obsession that was a scandalous sensation when it was released in 1956… becoming a rarity that has been desperately pursued by collectors for the last sixty years.

This is the story of five people… of Elizabeth Carnes, driven by a desperate, aching passion to a mysterious lover who is the only one who can give her the physical release her devoted husband can’t provide… of George Carnes, spurned by his wife and forced to seek solace in the womanly warmth of his secretary, the deceptively placid Stella Sander, who hides a voracious sexual appetite…of Jon Steen, the complex, dangerous, bisexual artist who unlocks Elizabeth’s lust… and of Tracy Steen, Jon’s controlling wife, whose neurotic, all-consuming need for love and devotion will lead to a shattering end for them all.

This is the first, published book by Carolyn Weston, the author of the crime novels that became the hit TV series THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO.