CRY ME A KILLER by Garrity

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A relentless, hard-boiled classic…back in print for the first time in 60 years.

Detective Sgt. Walter Patterson is one of the few cops in the dark, miserable, corrupt city who can’t be bought or scared off, who isn’t a puppet of ruthless mobster Vince Ballanca. But Patterson is in a worse hell. He’s in love with the fat mobster’s wife…and to take her away from Ballanca, and survive, he’ll have to become a killer.

“Garrity was one of several old army buddies and cronies of Mickey Spillane who slid into the writing game on Spillane’s coattails. Plenty of blood, guts and broads in the best Mike Hammer tradition.” Lee Server, The Encyclopedia of Pulp Writers

KISS OFF THE DEAD by Garrity

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They stripped him of his badge, framed him for murder, and tossed him into the middle of a gangland war.

Max Carey is a hard-nosed NYC cop who takes bribes to satisfy his wife’s expensive tastes. But when his corruption is exposed, and he’s thrown off the force, his wife leaves him and runs away. He spends several years chasing her down. When he finally finds her in Florida, she’s murdered and the crime is pinned on him by the underworld, who also send some killers to rub him out. Now Carey is out for bloody revenge and his own brand of tough justice.

“Garrity’s roughly-hewed writing style saves the day. The book is filled with action…but what Garrity does is make you feel it.” Mystery File​​​​​​​

“Very much in the Spillane vein. Carey is hardboiled and tough, the book is full of action.” Bill Crider, author of the bestselling Sheriff Dan Rhodes novels.

About the Author 

Garrity aka David J. Garrity aka David J. Gerrity (1923-1984) was in the Merchant Marines and, without giving up his day job, wrote his first two novels, Kiss Off the Dead and Cry Me a Killer, in a style and voice very similar to Mickey Spillane, his good friend and mentor. He wrote six more books over the years, including a crime novel based on a Spillane story and two ghost-written memoirs, one for a stripper and another for a private eye.

OUTLAW BREED by William Bryon Mowery

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A timeless, action-packed saga of tenacity, survival and retribution against impossible odds…back in print for the first time in over 70 years.

It’s 1936. Noel Irving, ex-chief of the Secret Squad of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, witnesses a brutal killing that sends him on an epic, harrowing quest deep into the Canadian wilderness, and to the furthest edges of the continent and humanity, in his relentless pursuit of bloody, final justice.

“A dramatic story crammed full of hard-hitting action.” The Paducah Sun

William Byron Mowery (1899-1957) wrote over 450 short stories and serialized novels and was often referred to as the “Zane Grey of the Canadian Northwest.”  He was also a renowned creative writing instructor who taught at various universities. One of his most famous students was internationally bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark, who credited him with “setting my feet firmly on the path that I had been seeking all my life.”

This novel was originally published as The Black Automatic.

DEADHEAD by Charles Marquis Warren

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A long-lost, hard-boiled masterpiece..back in print for the first time in 70 years.

“Mr. Warren has mastered the hard-boiled, Dashiell Hammett style and keeps his story going colorfully in the violent Hollywood tradition.” Baltimore Evening Sun

Christmas Eve, 1949. A man wakes up dazed on the streets of Baltimore after suffering a beating that wipes away his memory…and becomes the target of vicious mobsters who are convinced he’s faking amnesia to hide a $300,000 secret. Now he’s on the run, fighting for his life, and searching for his past…leading to a stunning climax in a snowy, deserted amusement park on a cold, dark, winter night.

“A well-designed tale full of suspense, slugging, sousing and sex.” The Courier-Journal

“A rough and tough narrative,” Los Angeles Times

“The loss of memory theme has seldom been so believably handled and gets well below the surface,” Boston Globe

“Fresh, exciting and mysterious.” Cincinnati Inquirer

Charles Marquis Warren (December 16, 1912 – August 11, 1990) was a famous and incredibly prolific Hollywood writer, producer and director, primarily of westerns, whose many credits include the movies Mutiny on the Bounty, Streets of Laredo, Pony Express, Top Hat (starring Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers) and Charro! (starring Elvis Presley). His television credits include writing and producing the early years of Gunsmoke, The Virginian, and Rawhide.

SO FAIR, SO EVIL by Paul Connolly

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So Fair, So Evil is a compelling, slowly-evolving story that combines adultery, lust and greed with a deep-seated insecurity. This combination is enthralling.” Paperback Warrior

Northerner Frank Sinclair marries into a rich, snobby Southern family that resents him…then he goes off to fight in the Korean War. He’s back on American shores when he learns that his wife, Dolly, has killed herself. He’s released a year later, a haunted man, and returns to Huntsville, convinced that his wife was murdered. His quest to prove it stirs up buried secrets and simmering hatred.

“An ambitious Southern Gothic and psychological thriller. Reminds me of Jim Thompson story….if written by William Faulkner.” Mostly Old Books and Rust Blog

Thomas Grey Wicker (1926-2011) was a reporter whose column “The Nation” ran in the New York Times from 1966 through 1992. He also wrote three classic crime-noir paperback originals for Fawcett Gold Medal under the pseudonym “Paul Connolly” — Get Out of Town (1951), Tears Are for Angels (1952) and So Far, So Evil (1955).

GANGSTER JAZZ by Tom Ardies

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An epic family saga of the jazz age, when bathtub gin flowed, flappers were everywhere, and organized crime ruled the streets

Greg Meister was a farm boy who went off to war…and when he came back, everything was different. He meets Tandy Crain, a rich girl gone bad, in a Harlem jazz club, and falls in love. Together, they build a family and an empire, their lives dangerously entwined with music, the stock market and a ruthless mobster named Al Capone. It was a love built on dreams in a country built on promise. But when that promise is violently broken, Greg and Tandy must fight for their family’s survival in a brutal new country.

Previously published under the title By Friends Betrayed under Ardie’s pseudonym “Richard O’Brien.”

THE LEDRU BAKER JR. READER: Four Full Novels

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Three unforgettable novels by noir master Ledru Baker Jr. in one volume

AND BE MY LOVE
The blockbuster, million copy bestseller in 1951, a beloved Gold Medal classic, is finally back-in-print to enthral a new generation with it’s raw, powerful description of a passionate love affair that had no limits. She belonged to one man…but she wanted another. They tried all the pleasures and they knew all the pain.

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.

BRUTE MADNESS
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.

LET HIM GO HANG by Bud Clifton aka David Stacton

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A long-lost noir classic from an unknown master of the craft…a tragic, 1960s literary star hiding behind a pseudonym

The judge bangs his gavel. The murder trial is about to begin.  The defendant, Charles Adams is so scared, his knees are shaking..but If he knew how dire his situation really is, he’d be screaming. The defendant’s wife is wiggling with pleasure. She can’t want to see her husband hang. The dead girl’s parents are quaking with fury as they take their seats…they want Adams to die for what he did.  But things aren’t quite as they seem. Charles Adams is innocent. And doomed. Because the real killer is one of the jurors…and he’s certain what the verdict will be.

Bud Clifton was a pseudonym for David Derek Stacton (1923-1968), an acclaimed American poet and author, under various names, of literary fiction, historical novels, and soft-core gay porn. He died in Denmark in 1968.

“A stylistic virtuoso, matching on the typewriter the lightning flashes of such musical masters as Paganini on the violin,” The Chicago Tribune

“The most unjustly neglected American novelist of the post-war years.” The Guardian (London)

“John Banville comes to mind as an author who so easily switches gears from fustian to fetid. It is fascinating to watch Stacton working out in the noirs the kind of novelist he would become. From the beginning, Stacton is drawn to a certain kind of person, the kind who is the ‘victim of the propulsive force of his own character.'” Los Angeles Review of Books

THE MURDER SPECIALIST by Bud Clifton (aka David Stacton)

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“A stylistic virtuoso, matching on the typewriter the lightning flashes of such musical masters as Paganini on the violin,” The Chicago Tribune

“THE MURDER SPECIALIST is recommended to all fans of noir mysteries, and those who enjoy unexpected twists to an otherwise familiar crime story.” Bookgasm

Hal Williams is a specialist with one particular talent to sell: contract murders that appear to be accidents. He’s a professional who does his job with cool, calm, and calculated detachment…or so it seems. It’s all part of a long-term plan for ultimate revenge. But just when everything is coming together…he meets Unne, a mobster’s coldly sensual mistress, a kindred spirit with a dark, devastating secret of her own…and everything changes.

Bud Clifton was a pseudonym for David Derek Stacton (1923-1968), an acclaimed American poet and author, under various names, of literary fiction, historical novels, and soft-core gay porn. He was a two-time recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and also received a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. His work ranged from lurid tales like D is for Delinquent to a non-fiction book about the fall of Constantinople. His books under his own name include The Bonapartes, The Judges of the Secret Order, A Signal Victory and People of the Book: A Novel of the Thirty Years War. He died in Denmark in 1968.

PRAISE FOR DAVID STACTON (aka BUD CLIFTON):

“John Banville comes to mind as an author who so easily switches gears from fustian to fetid….[his] peculiar blend of the oracular and the mischievously ironic makes him an invaluable cicerone in any setting, ancient or modern….it is fascinating to watch Stacton working out in the noirs the kind of novelist he would become. From the beginning, Stacton is drawn to a certain kind of person, the kind who is the ‘victim of the propulsive force of his own character.'” Los Angeles Review of Books

“The prose of David Stacton is like that of no other writer. It suggests a corridor in a dark Gothic tower, ill-lit by tapers, at one end of which a gong sounds incessantly. Stacton’s gong clashes are malevolent aphorisms, asides spoken to Nemesis, hard little explanations of motive.’ Time Magazaine

“The most unjustly neglected American novelist of the post-war years, David Stacton’s ambitious high style and melodrama have seen him banished. It’s time for a return to favour. Few writers have managed more fully than Stacton to bear out Gore Vidal’s maxim that writers shouldn’t ‘write what they know” but, rather, what they imagine or suspect.’… and yet, Stacton himself can be seen to hide in plain sight behind everything he wrote.” The Guardian (London)

“His prose reveals great cultural depth and breadth. He uses language lovingly. Almost every sentence contains a striking metaphor or simile. Aphorisms sparkle from paragraph to paragraph.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“David Stacton is a major writer who has the approval of critics but so far lacks the consent of readers at large. In short, it’s the story of literary virtue unrewarded…his novels are enjoyable as well as admirable.” Oakland Tribune

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