PALM SPRINGS by Tom Ardies

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A powerful novel of money, passion, and castles in the sand in the grand tradition of Harold Robbins, Judith Krantz, Sidney Sheldon and Arthur Hailey… “A tale of power that becomes a page-turning whodunit.” Publishers Weekly

Adventurers, dreamers, thieves and kings: sooner or later all of them come to Palm Springs, the most lavish, sensual playground on earth. But for the six strangers who arrive in a limousine from the Beverly Wilshire hotel, it’s many things: an erotic utopia waiting to be physically conquered, a final chance a redemption, a fresh start, and a shot at winning a billion-dollar prize: developing a patch of dry sand into a new, exclusive community for the mega-rich.

“Ardies’ newest satire-suspense has a superb opening: a handful of strangers arrive one off-season night in Palm Springs in the same limousine, all of them misfits. There’s political-humor columnist Jim Sargent (author of “”Play-Doh’s Republic”), fresh from the loony bin and here to recuperate with his aunt. There’s adventuress Jody on the make; famed architect St. Pierre on the run from his hideous ex-wife; a newlywed couple (she’s rich and 70, he’s poor and 45); and King Mallory–former mayor, congressman, and builder of Palm Springs, returning for the first time since a Washington sex scandal drove him to Oregon. The jaunty narrative is jumpily entertaining, spiced with raunchy dialogue and sharp digs.” Kirkus Reviews

“Well-crafted….escapist reading that carries readers blissfully along. You can practically see it unfolding on the golden screen.” Times Colonist (Victoria, BC)

“Ardies’ latest work is possibly several cuts above the novels of Sidney Sheldon, Judith Krantz, and Barbara Cartland. He has far more authorial talent than those he imitates. Maybe next time he can steep himself in Balzac or Gide…” Los Angeles Times

“A racy mystery,” The Desert Sun

“A tale of everyday life and high-finance among the scrabblers and very rich in Palm Springs.” Arizona Daily Star

THE FREEBOOTERS by Robert Wernick

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A long-lost, World War II literary classic in the dark, satirical tradition of Catch-22 and M*A*S*H, though it pre-dated those landmark novels by decades. When The Freebooters was released in 1949, it was greeted with widespread acclaim, the San Francisco Chronicle declaring it “the best American war novel to arise so far.” Now it’s finally back in print.

Three GIs are “Task Force Sisyphus,” a special WWII intelligence unit assigned to eradicate and report on any remnants of fascism still lingering in the battle-scarred aftermath of Allied military victories. But their behind-the-lines reports are largely ignored by the pompous brass, so the off-beat trio use their mission as an excuse to find romance, profit and amusement as they follow the onward march of war from North Africa to France…and to an unexpectedly harrowing conclusion.

“An extremely well-written, brilliant, book….set against the background of army conniving and corruption.” The Saturday Review

“Wernick shows considerable talent and a penchant for human understanding that may take him much further on the literary trail.” Cincinnati Inquirer

“Here is the war in satire, handled imaginatively by an extremely capable writer.” New York Times

“You’ll like Wernick. It would be hard to find a match for his originality. The story wings away into realms of wild imagination, where real and unreal overlap, where what is actually hilarious is not a laugh at all.” Ottawa Citizen

“Wernick has an interesting and vivid style, a perceptive approach to his material, and a tremendous skill in creating colorful and bizarre scenes.” Philadelphia Inquirer

“An atmosphere of harsh humor, of mad incident, of cruel truthfulness. Episodic, anecdotal, this is doubtless rooted in reality.” Kirkus Reviews

“A bitter, hilarious novel.” Pasadena Star-News

“The first war novel I ever read that was really funny was a mordant book called The Freebooters, on hand years before Catch-22. St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“One of the most unusual novels to come out of the last war…extremely well-written, particularly at the end.” Windsor Star (Ontario, Canada)

“The bizarre, sometimes hilarious, and ultimately bitter experience of an unusual trio.” Miami Herald

“An extravagant, high-spirited account of the adventures of three American soldiers. Although it contains some fantasy, and a good deal of robust humor, it’s intended as a serious interpretation of the more incongruous aspects of modern war.” The Observer (London)

VEIL OF TORMENT by March Hastings

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This lesbian pulp classic was banned, deemed “unmailable” by the U.S. Postal Services, in 1960 and rated “indecent” in the U.S.A and Canada by the National Organization for Decent Literature. Now back in print for the first time in over sixty years.

Her blood raced, her body pulsed, her desire was a thing of madness.

There’s the Ivy Sherwood the public knew: the actress, the glamorous, beautiful darling of the stage, living a storybook life of champagne and roses with her glittering future ahead of her.

And then there’s Ivy off-stage, away from family and friends, prowling the streets, hardly recognizeable without make-up, her eyes shining with tension and craving, picking up any stranger, going into any dingy bedroom.

She’s running furiously through her days, seeking escape, needing release, fighting the passionate demon which lives inside her, torturing her, wildly demanding more liquor, more men, more women, anything to sate her uncontrollable sexual desire.

Also published as The Sherwood Scandal

“March Hastings,” at least initially, was one of the pseudonyms (along with Laura Duchamp, Viveca Ives, and Alden Stowe) of Sally M. Singer, a lesbian writer born in 1930s and reputedly the author of more than 130 novels, across many genres, in her lifetime. She is undoubtedly best-known for her string of ground-breaking, lesbian-themed, sexy pulp paperbacks in the 1950s and early 1960s, including Three Women, The Third Theme, Veil of Torment, and The Demands of the Flesh. She wrote many other sexy novels as Hastings, not all of them with a lesbian theme. However, by the late-60s/early 70s, the “March Hastings” pseudonym was co-opted by her publisher and became a house name for many different authors penning lurid paperbacks (one of them being prolific pulp author Len Levinson, whose first novel Private Sessions was released under her name), diluting and confusing her early legacy as an influential author of lesbian pulp and straight erotic fiction.

BUCKS COUNTY REPORT by Stuart James

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The explosive, bestselling novel that lays bare the erotic frustrations of suburban couples in 1960s America with savage frankness and searing drama.

In the wake of the Masters & Johnson studies, exposing the surprising sex lives of Americans, came this fictional bestseller that explores what happens when a famous “sexologist” visits a small town to interview the idle wives of the rich and famous… sparking passions that have been ignored or suppressed, dramatically changing the lives of the residents.

This book was republished in the early 1960s with the same title, but under the pseudonym “Irwin Wallach,” and later under the title The Devil’s Workshop, but once again under the Stuart James byline.

JUDGE NOT MY SINS by Stuart James

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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