THE BEST PULP NOIR FICTION VOLUME SIX: Four Hard-Boiled Novels

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Four complete novels of raw, hard-boiled, pulp noir greatness by four masters of the genre, back-in-print for the first time in sixty years.

THE HOODS TAKE OVER by Ovid Demaris * BEYOND DESIRE by Richard Himmel * FRISCO FLAT by Stuart James * BRUTE MADNESS by Ledru Baker, Jr.

THE HOODS TAKE OVER
The East Coast mob has moved to Los Angeles and nobody seems willing to stand up to their campaign of terror. But that changes when a young teacher out shopping for groceries witnesses a brutal mob murder, identifies the killers for the police, and is immediately targeted for death. It’s one ordinary man with integrity up against mobsters without a soul. He doesn’t stand a chance… or does he? This book was adapted into the 1958 movie Gang War starring Charles Bronson.

“This is the kind of novel the term ‘Noir’ was coined for..” NB Magazine UK

BEYOND DESIRE
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

FRISCO FLAT
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 in places, than many of the hard-boiled novels from that era,” James Reasoner, author of Texas Wind

BRUTE MADNESS
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. 

The Best Pulp Noir Fiction Volume Five: Four Hard-Boiled Novels

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Four complete novels of raw, hard-boiled, pulp noir greatness by four masters of the genre, back-in-print for the first time in sixty years.

The Long Night By Ovid Demaris * The Cheaters by Ledru Baker Jr. * Johnny Come Deadly by Philip Race * Die on Easy Street by James Howard

THE LONG NIGHT
Vince Slader is an ex-cop-turned-PI who is hired by a casino to hunt down a gambler with a $28,000 tab in return for a percentage of the debt. It seems like a straight-forward job until Slader winds up framed for murder. As if that isn’t bad enough, he becomes a target of hard-charging politicians and the West Coast mafia.

“Demaris saturates the prose with gunplay, fast cars and sexy women. The criminals are edgy, but the hero is a valid, uncompromising tough guy who serves as the perfect crime combatant.” The Paperback Warrior

THE CHEATERS
A crime lord strong-arms Jack Griffith, a struggling musician, into spying on his wife Mardi, who he suspects is cheating on him…but things go very wrong when Jack falls for her himself.

This book was adapted into the 1990 Canadian TV movie Frame Up Blues aka Le Danse du Scorpion

JOHNNY COME DEADLY
Johnny was a crap game hustler, but when he blew into town they pegged him wrong. The cops said, ‘Killer,’ and slugged him simple. ‘Lover,’ the rich gal said, and got him even worse mixed up. Next came the ex-striptease queen with the heart of gold or pewter, and the Happiness Boys from the Syndicate. All Johnny had going for him was a fast pair of legs, a faster set of wits, and just maybe, the one female around who could be counted on to win it or lose it for keeps. A fickle broad named Lady Luck.

DIE ON EASY STREET
The ocean tide washed the body up on the beach. It was a woman’s nude body, without a face or a left hand. And when Steve Ashe discovered the remains of the once-beautiful redhead, he vowed to find her killer and hound him to the gallows. But to do it, Ashe has to tangle with a crooked private eye, an insanely jealous photographer, and a kill-crazy police chief…

“Steve Ashe is a badass!” The Paperback Warrior

THE GOLD PLATED SEWER by Ovid Demaris

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The second action-packed, hard-boiled Vince Slader PI novel

“When Freddie Sharpe starts to sing a million teenagers get sent the facts of life. Special delivery…”

Ex-cop turned PI Vince Slader is hired to protect Freddie Sharpe, an obscenely rich, obscenely arrogant, obscenely talented, and obscenely obscene big name singer… who moves through the sin-filled mansions, back alleys, bars, clubs and studios of Tinseltown with an entourage of hangers-on and sychophants, any one of whom could be homicidally jealous of their not-so-benevolent benefactor.

“Demaris saturates the prose with gunplay, fast cars and sexy women. The criminals are edgy, but the hero is a valid, uncompromising tough guy who serves as the perfect crime combatant.” The Paperback Warrior

“Demaris is a writer of real talent…as good as pulp fiction gets.” NB Magazine UK

“Whoever said crime doesn’t pay has never spoken to Ovid Demaris.” New York Times

SLADER: Two Full Novels by Ovid Demaris

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Two raw, hard-boiled novels featuring Vince Slader, an ex-cop turned PI, working the dark side of Hollywood.

THE LONG NIGHT

Slader is hired by a casino to hunt down a gambler with a $28,000 tab in return for a percentage of the debt. It seems like a straight-forward job until Slader winds up framed for murder. As if that isn’t bad enough, he becomes a target of hard-charging politicians and the West Coast mafia.

“An enjoyable 1950s crime-fiction novel that retains most of the flavor of the genre’s mid-century pioneers. If you are a fan of authors like Frank Kane and Mickey Spillane, The Long Night is sure to please.” The Paperback Warrior

THE GOLD-PLATED SEWER

Slader is hired to protect Freddie Sharpe, an obscenely rich, obscenely arrogant, obscenely talented, and obscenely obscene big name singer… who moves through the sin-filled mansions, back alleys, bars, clubs and studios of Tinseltown with an entourage of hangers-on and sychophants, any one of whom could be homicidally jealous of their not-so-benevolent benefactor.

“Demaris saturates the prose with gunplay, fast cars and sexy women. The criminals are edgy, but the hero is a valid, uncompromising tough guy who serves as the perfect crime combatant.” The Paperback Warrior

PURE PASSION: Four Full Novels

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Four daring, sizzling hot novels of searing passion, violent crime, and insatiable desire.

WHIP OF DESIRE * BORN TO BE MADE * THE LUSTING DRIVE * SWAMP NYMPH

WHIP OF DESIRE by March Hastings
Decades before Fifty Shades of Grey, there was Whip of Desire — the story of a woman with brutal needs no man could satisfy. Eve has beauty, talent and money, but deep within her is something wild that drives her to endure violence to satisfy her deepest, darkest, carnal needs.

BORN TO BE MADE by John Burton Thompson
Before EMMANUELLE, there was the story of Marvelle Martingale… a heart-stoppingly beautiful woman’s awakening of aching desire and her daring journey of carnal discovery as she explores every facet of her scorching sexuality in her quest for shattering, physical bliss and true love.

THE LUSTING DRIVE by Ovid Demaris
Guy Hill is a man on fire…who takes what he wants when he wants it. And what he lusts for is power, money…and women, lots of women. And the women lust for him, too, their desires inflamed by his raw need….and the violence that percolating inside him.

“Demaris’ narrative power plus copious doses of sex.” New York Times

SWAMP NYMPH by John Burton Thompson
Deep in the hot swamplands of the South, a desperate man on-the-run meets a woman of raw, natural beauty whose ravenous sexual desires could lead them both to sweet, ecstatic ruin.

THE HOODS TAKE OVER by Ovid Demaris

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The East Coast mob has moved to Los Angeles and nobody seems willing to stand up to their campaign of terror. But that changes when a young teacher out shopping for groceries witnesses a brutal mob murder, identifies the killers for the police, and is immediately targeted for death. It’s one ordinary man with integrity up against mobsters without a soul. He doesn’t stand a chance… or does he?

This book was adapted into the 1958 movie Gang War starring Charles Bronson.

“Published in 1957, this crime story still has the power to shock. Even now this kind of nakedly nihilistic thriller isn’t common, this is the kind of novel the term ‘Noir’ was coined for. Brutal and doom laden, this vision of the world as it really is makes your heart race while your mind rages at the unfairness of life. It’s clear from this novel that Demaris is a writer of real talent, this polished thriller is as good as pulp fiction gets.” NB Magazine UK

THE LONG NIGHT by Ovid Demaris

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Vince Slader is an ex-cop-turned-PI who is hired by a casino to hunt down a gambler with a $28,000 tab in return for a percentage of the debt. It seems like a straight-forward job until Slader winds up framed for murder. As if that isn’t bad enough, he becomes a target of hard-charging politicians and the West Coast mafia.

“An enjoyable 1950s crime-fiction novel that retains most of the flavor of the genre’s mid-century pioneers. If you are a fan of authors like Frank Kane and Mickey Spillane, The Long Night is sure to please. Demaris saturates the prose with gunplay, fast cars and sexy women. The criminals are edgy, but the hero is a valid, uncompromising tough guy who serves as the perfect crime combatant.” The Paperback Warrior

RIDE THE GOLD MARE by Ovid Demaris

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“Didn’t someone say that life in the early Middle Ages was ‘nasty, brutish, and short’? That’s a pretty good description of this book. Demaris was good.” Bill Crider, award-winning writer of the Sheriff Dan Rhodes novels.

Corrupt LAPD cop Vince Fusco crosses a big line when he executes a drug dealer for his drugs and his woman…but things get worse when he realizes there were witnesses. Now he’s violently raging through the sordid alleys and back streets of L.A.’s drug culture, searching for the witnesses and a big shipment of heroin, aka horse, aka the gold mare. The only one standing in Fusco’s way is a lowly reporter on the crime beat…a guy who has more bourbon than blood running through his veins… chasing a story that could be his final byline.

CALIFORNIA CRIME: FOUR COMPLETE NOVELS by Ovid Demaris

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Four brutal, hard-charging crime novels set in Los Angeles in the late 1950s… when the East Coast mob was making a big move to the West Coast and leaving a trail of bodies and blood in their wake…. by international bestselling author Ovid Demaris, an expert on organized crime.

“Demaris is a writer of real talent…as good as pulp fiction gets.” NB Magazine UK

“Whoever said crime doesn’t pay has never spoken to Ovid Demaris.” New York Times

RIDE THE GOLD MARE

Corrupt LAPD cop Vince Fusco crosses a big line when he executes a drug dealer for his drugs and his woman…but things get worse when he realizes there might have been witnesses. Now he’s violently raging through the sordid alleys and back streets of L.A.’s drug culture, searching for the witnesses and a big heroin shipment. The only one standing in Fusco’s way is a lowly reporter on the crime beat…a guy who has more bourbon than blood running through his veins… chasing a story that could be his final byline.

“Didn’t someone say that life in the early Middle Ages was ‘nasty, brutish, and short’? That’s a pretty good description of this book. Demaris was good.” Bill Crider, award-winning writer of the Sheriff Dan Rhodes novels.

THE HOODS TAKE OVER

The East Coast mob has moved to Los Angeles and nobody seems willing to stand up to their campaign of terror. But that changes when a young teacher out shopping for groceries witnesses a brutal mob murder, identifies the killers for the police, and is immediately targeted for death. It’s one ordinary man with integrity up against mobsters without a soul. He doesn’t stand a chance… or does he?

This book was adapted into the 1958 movie Gang War starring Charles Bronson.

“Published in 1957, this crime story still has the power to shock. Even now this kind of nakedly nihilistic thriller isn’t common, this is the kind of novel the term ‘Noir’ was coined for. Brutal and doom laden, this vision of the world as it really is makes your heart race while your mind rages at the unfairness of life.” NB Magazine UK

THE LONG NIGHT

Vince Slader is an ex-cop-turned-PI who is hired by a casino to hunt down a gambler with a $28,000 tab in return for a percentage of the debt. It seems like a straight-forward job until Slader winds up framed for murder. As if that isn’t bad enough, he becomes a target of hard-charging politicians and the West Coast mafia.

THE ENFORCER

When someone needs bribing, beating or killing, the L.A. mob sends The Enforcer to do the job. He drives the flashiest cars, he wears the most expensive clothes, and he beds the hottest women. He has the connections and the money to buy just about anything… or anyone…that he wants.

But now The Enforcer is being hunted… by a young, ambitious cop. The Enforcer knows there’s only one way this can end…with one of them in a grave. That’s fine with him.

THE ENFORCER by Ovid Demaris

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When someone needs bribing, beating or killing, the L.A. mob sends The Enforcer to do the job. He drives the flashiest cars, he wears the most expensive clothes, and he beds the hottest women. He has the connections and the money to buy just about anything… or anyone…that he wants.

But now The Enforcer is being hunted… by a young, ambitious cop. The Enforcer knows there’s only one way this can end…with one of them in a grave. That’s fine with him.

Thirty years after the publication of this noir classic, Demaris would write The Last Mafioso, the bestselling biography of Jimmy Fratiano, a real-life enforcer in Los Angeles.