BRUTE MADNESS by Ledru Baker Jr.

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A wild, hard-boiled, pulp novel that will leave you breathless. Once the action starts, it doesn’t let up…

Mark Mitchell is a playboy atomic rocket scientist who marries the wrong woman…and is betrayed in the worst possible way. He is quickly arrested, convicted of treason, and sentenced to life in prison. But that’s only the beginning of his nightmare in this lightning-fast, insanely unpredictable, brutal Cold War noir thriller. 

FRISCO FLAT by Stuart James

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When his father is beaten-to-death, Korean War vet and ex-prize fighter Frankie Cargo returns to his home in the small, northern California waterfront town of Frisco Flat. Cargo has inherited his father’s fishing boat business and trouble from Sam Barlow, the vicious local cannery owner who rules the town with fear…and with the iron fist of the psychopathic and corrupt Sheriff. If that wasn’t bad enough, Barlow gets involved with the Sheriff’s lover, the voluptuous Tosca Sorrento, who wants more than any man can give. But Barlow won’t be pushed…and never backs down from a fight.

“Pretty darned good. Frisco Flat moves along well. The book is a little better written, a little more literary, than many hard-boiled novels.” James Reasoner, author of Texas Wind

“The pacing is brisk and the action sequences are exciting.” The Reading California Fiction Blog

STUART JAMES grew up in rural Pennsylvania and at 15 went to work as a sports reporter for the Delaware Valley Advance. Later. while attending Temple University, he was a copy boy for the Philadelphia Record, then served a stint in an intelligence unit in the Army. Newspaper work took him all across the country before he abandoned journalism, invested in a used Royal typewriter. and wrote adventure stories “by the pound”—meanwhile holding down such jobs as hunting guide, truck driver, bartender, rough carpenter, carnival barker, cannery worker, and ice cream salesman—as the rejections flooded in. At age 28, while working on a tuna boat out of Monterey, California, he sold his first story to a pulp magazine for $100. Several hundred stories later, when the short fiction markets started drying up, he became a staff writer, then executive, for a series of magazines. including Popular Mechanics and True. Finally, he quit magazines to become a a PR copywriter as well as ghostwriter and scriptwriter. “All the stuff any writer does,” he said. Many of his professions inform the milieus and character portraits in his novels. In 1992, the year of his last known published book, he was making his home between residences in Greenwich, Connecticut, and Cedar Key, Florida. At this writing (October, 2020), there is no further information known as to his whereabouts (he would be 98 if still alive) or passing. (Biography courtesy of David Spencer)

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.

THE SCARLET VENUS by Chalmers Green

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A wickedly subversive, unpredictable and powerful hard-boiled masterpiece…lost for generations, now rediscovered.

Soldier McQuade is a prizefighter in New York who goes back to his rural home when his widowed sister-in-law dies, leaving behind two kids. He’s accompanied by Tennessee Bell, his other sister-in-law, who is on the run from a violent lover. But that simple, seemingly conventional starting point doesn’t begin to do this story justice… and to say more would spoil the stunning plot twists that veer shockingly away from every cliche. 

 “A must-read for noir fans! More than sixty years after it was published, this book remains an exhilarating, wildly creative take on all the tropes and cliches of noir that, at the time, weren’t tropes or cliches yet. It’s hard to believe Chalmers Green didn’t write another book or become famous. Or did he under another name? It’s an intriguing mystery.” — Lee Goldberg, #1 New York Times bestselling author.

“There’s a kind of crazy brilliance to it. The writing style is hypnotic, assiduous about imagery, rich with lively internalization, all of which are artfully considered and delivered with an increasingly gripping pace. Chalmers Green, whoever he is or was, serves up some serious juice.” — David Spencer, from his Introduction

WILD JUSTICE by Robert McCaig

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It’s the scorching summer of 1884. John Starr is the nemesis of outlaws, a one-man judge and jury with gun, driven by fury and an unquenchable need for vengeance. He rides the lawless Montana territory with his nephew Tod, who understands Starr, even if he doesn’t condone his Uncle’s brutal methods and wild justice. Now they’re going up against a vicious gang of horse thieves and protecting a widow rancher who might just thaw Starr’s ice cold heart.

“McCaig depicts these grim men, their women and the violent life they lvied with sympathy and interest and a real feel for place and period. A job done with care, crammed with excitement, and superbly written.” The New York Times

“Two men ride the vengeance trail, bringing with them violent and ruthless justice…that comes to a blazing finish.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Plenty of gunplay and suspense. Much of the action parallels historical facts of that wild, turbulent era,” BIllings Gazette

“There is no lack of action in this western.” Springfield Leader Press

THE VIOLENT ONES by E. Howard Hunt (Robert Dietrich)

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Paul Cameron walks out of prison after a stint for assault…and heads straight to Paris to find a lost shipment of gold that was smuggled in by the U.S. during WWII to fund the resistance. From the instant he lands in France, he’s plunged into a maelstrom of intrigue, violence, and murder.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

E. Howard Hunt, who also wrote as “Robert Dietrich,” is best known for his role in the Watergate scandal rather than for his great crime novels.

THE CROSBIE SAGA: Two Full Novels by Bart Spicer

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The entire, epic Crosbie Saga… from soldier Duncan Crosbie’s heroics fighting for the French in Canadian war to his dangerous trek from Virginia to Ohio, leading a wagon train of French immigrants to their promised land, battling bloodthirsty Indians and savage, white outlaws every step of the way.

“It’s an epic story, a grand tale about one of the most dramatic times in history.” The Montgomery Alabama Advertiser

THE TALL CAPTAINS
It’s 1759. Duncan Crosbie, exiled Scotsman, soldier of France sails for the New World, to join the tall captains, fighting the British in the northern wilds of Canada . . .

“An exhilirating historical story of the frontier warfare. Bart Spicer breathes life into his novels that makes an experience of reading them, rather than a pastime. This is a longer-than-usual story but one that you will regret must end.” Chattanooga Daily Times

THE WILD OHIO
It’s the summer of 1790… and Col. Duncan Crosbie, a veteran of the American revolution, leads 300 French emigres in a wagon train from Alexandria, Virginia to their new home in the wilds of Ohio…a quest for freedom that becomes a harrowing struggle for their lives.

“The historical background is woven into the story with care, lending realism to the action. Spicer stirs his mixture vigorously in his first attempt at historical fiction. Tension mounts and the suspense races to the denouement.” The New York Times

MISTRESS TO MURDER By Robert Dietrich (E. Howard Hunt)

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The fourth adventure in the Steve Bentley series. The Baron was dead and there were plenty of suspects, including his wife. A titled Lady with most unladylike tastes, she taught Steve Bentley that mixing in high society could be downright deadly.

“Steve Bentley [is] series fiction’s toughest tax accountant.” Bill Pronzini & Marcia Muller, 1001 Midnights, The Afficionado’s Guide to Detective Fiction

In life, he’d been every inch The Baron…master of an old Victorian mansion in Georgetown and all he could survey. But now Baron Alejandro Esquivel was just so much fodder for the worms…and it was up to Steve Bentley, ex-Spy-turned-CPA, to find out why. Bentley knews Esquivel’s wife Anita very well…and he knew her half-sister just well enough to know that he wanted to know her better

“As ‘Robert Dietrich,’ E. Howard Hunt wrote ten novels starring Steve Bentley, a Washington D.C. accountant who solves murders in private-eye style. The first thing to know about Bentley is that he isn’t just a paper-pushing CPA. He’s a Korean War veteran who was employed at one time by the U.S. Treasury Department. If you love vintage crime-fiction you should enjoy this tale.” The Paperback Warrior

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Robert Dietrich was a pseudonym for E. Howard Hunt, better known for his role in the Watergate scandal rather than for his great crime novels. Gore Vidal wrote this about “Robert Dietrich” in The New York Times: “In 1957, H.H. gave birth to ‘Robert Dietrich.’ who specialized in thrillers, featuring Steve Bentley, formerly of the CID and now a tax consultant. H.H. plainly enjoys composing plausible (and implausible) biographies for his characters—not to mention for himself. In Contemporary Authors, H.H. composed a bio for his pseudonym Robert Dietrich, taking ten years off his age, putting himself in the infantry during Korea, awarding himself a Bronze Star and a degree from Georgetown.”

THE WILD OHIO by Bart Spicer

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A blood-stirring novel of the conquest of the West, of the lawless days when frontiersmen fought savage indians and renegade whites for control of the rich, Ohio wilderness….

It’s the summer of 1790… and Col. Duncan Crosbie, a veteran of the American revolution, leads 300 French emigres in a wagon train from Alexandria, Virginia to their new home in the wilds of Ohio…a quest for freedom that becomes a harrowing struggle for their lives.

“The historical background is woven into the story with care, lending realism to the action. Spicer stirs his mixture vigorously in his first attempt at historical fiction. Tension mounts and the suspense races to the denouement.” The New York Times

“Good, historical stuff.” Cincinnati Enquirer

“A historical novel filled with color and adventure.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“The hardships and terrors these people underwent seem incredible and make excellent reading.”.The Montreal Gazette

“Spicer has tought up a hero or two, a lovely or two, enough indians and other drawbacks to keep the plot boiling in this swiftly-paced historical.” Albany-Democrat Herald

This book, inspired by actual events leading to the founding of Gallipolis Ohio, was followed by a prequel, The Tall Captains, also published by Cutting Edge.