Up next in January:
Alley / Winter Girl / Strictly for the Boys by Harry Whittington
Rapture Alley: Lora
needs to be needed. Unfortunately she's fallen for her sister's husband
and neither one of them has sense enough to leave that alone. Lora
finds her release with a drug dealing agent, and later with an addicted
soul singer. And once she's started on that path....
“An hour after I
met Lu Ann again that winter, I knew I was headed
for deep, serious
trouble. Only I had no idea how deep, how serious...”
Strictly for the
Boys: Amy thought she was marrying for life, until Burt
turned out to be less of a man and more of a monster. Running to her
mother, who's on Burt's side, Amy gets her divorce but can't escape her
ex-husband, who refuses to acknowledge the divorce and indeed, any
challenge to his claims on Amy. She needs help desperately but Burt is
very, very dangerous, especially when cornered.
Three little known
gems from Harry
Whittingon, "King of the Paperbacks," shipping in two
back list title:
NIGHT FOR SCREAMING / ANY WOMAN HE WANTED by Harry Whittington
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I write this, the Tofurkey is in the oven, actual wild turkeys are in
the front yard, and snow has been falling all morning. Merry
Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, or any other holiday you and your family are
is bringing with it the release of our next Harry Whittington book, a
trio of some of his most unusual, perhaps overlooked books.
To quote our resident
Whittington scholar, David Laurence Wilson, "For
the first time in fifty years and two or three generations of readers,
this Stark House collection is reprinting Whittington novels without
explicit murders, without a lot of gun play, or poisonings or even
lethal pushes down stairs."
From his introduction "The
Restoration of Harry," he adds that "These lesser-known Whittington
novels feature conflict and pain but no murders" but all
the same they are typically
intensely readable and compelling Whittington. Would you expect
less from the man who later in life wrote historical romances as
The books themselves, Rapture
Girl, and Strictly
for the Boys, offer different facets of Whittington's
period writing. Rapture
is a complicated relationship tale that becomes his
evil-of-drugs-come-to-redemption story so often done as a "juvie"
Girl may be one
of Harry's best stories, with small town intrigue and prejudice taking
the place of a genre mystery story. It is a book of the
and couldn't happen any place else. Part coming of age
story, part tale of unattainable love, part tale of the Cracker south
of central Florida, Whittington's trademark suspense
permeates the story.
The third book, Strictly
for the Boys,
is another tale of obsession, yet of a far more domestic and chilling
kind. It predates Joyce Carol Oates' classic short story
Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" but mines the same
territory of everyday horror: What do you do when someone won't let you
go? When they'll do anything to keep you or get you back? And I mean anything.
exciting piece of news is that we're working on several previously
unannounced projects, one of which we hope to ship in February: a
two-in-one volume of Elliott Chaze's classic Black Wings Has My Angel,
one of the all-time classics of the genre. We're pairing it
with Bruce Elliott's One
is a Lonely Number, a title that reflects the noirish
nature of the book in more ways than one. With brand new introductions
by Ed Gorman and Bill Crider, we're excited to add this project to our
list, a great noir pairing by two masters of the genre.
Elliott Chaze (1915-1990) penned one of the definitive Gold Medal noirs
of all time with Black
his third book, while working as a journalist and fiction writer.
Bruce Elliott (1917-1973) was a professional stage magician
well as a prolific writer. Author of several works on magic, he also
number of Shadow novels, many of which are somewhat controversial as to
his unusual handling of the Shadow and his alter egos. As a
title, One is a Lonely
up the sort of noir atmosphere he writes of in his book, the story of a
dying escaped prisoner trying to extend his life in more ways than one.
And as always, if
you're not a member of our Crime Book Club,
sign up now to get each book shipped to you automatically and take
advantage of the special discount for new members to fill out your
collection of back list titles.
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