All three novels by Warner Jackson, a long-lost African-American author of hard-boiled crime fiction, rediscovered and back in print for the first time in over sixty years and now in one ebook collection.
THE BIRTH OF THE MARTYR’S GHOST (1957)
Tou’saint Chaney is shot down over the Pacific during WWII… and spends the next seven years as a castaway on a desert island before he’s rescued. The experience radically changes him, physically and spiritually. He returns home with a new love for his fellow man and a deep devotion to God…attitudes that put him in dangerous conflict with everyone from his old way of life.
LUST FOR YOUTH (1960)
Alice Ingram is a bartender and single mother who can’t seem to tame her sensual emotions, a persistent, burning craze for strong, physical release…without it, she is plagued by persistent headaches, anxiety and loneliness. Lately, she’s found solace and ecstasy in the arms and dusky body of much younger Eddie LaRose, a gambler evading the law. And who, the police warn her, might also be a thief and murderer. She lives with her daughter Freita, a recent Junior College grad and aspiring dancer, who suffers from the same, physical torments as her mother…and doesn’t know if she can wait until marriage to slake her erotic desire. She can’t. And she won’t…and soon she’s pitting herself against her mother for Eddie, who gladly beds both women, unaware that he’s making the riskiest bet of his life.
Also published as My Mother, The Madam in a double-edition, combined with March Hastings’ Design for Debauchery.
CAVERN OF RAGE (1961)
Not financial ruin, nor social ostracism, nor even a raging flood could tear the two of them apart from their forbidden love and it’s shattering climax in a cavern of rage.
Warner Jackson was born in Spur, Texas, lived in Kansas City, Kansas and worked as a railroad porter, cook, hotel house man, machinist, painter, and mail carrier, among other jobs. Unfortunately, nothing else is known about him…or why more of his work didn’t see print.Warner Jackson / Anthologies, Crime Fiction, Sexy Fiction