There is still time to write a review for the chance to win an AUTOGRAPHED COPY of Charlie Stella's book, Johnny Porno.
Everybody reads them and clearly not everybody likes writing them, but reviews (online word-of-mouth?) are important in the digital age. Which means we're gonna ask again, so for the chance to win an autographed book....
Post a review or blog entry somewhere, be it good, bad or indifferent, and send us an e-mail letting us know where we can read it. We'll pick some lucky reviewer's name out of the ether and send you a signed copy of Johnny Porno.
Review one title, review several, just send a link, name and address to us here after you post. As always, we thank you for the time and effort.
Come Easy—Go Easy / In a Vain Shadow by James Hadley Chase
James Hadley Chase is a thriller writer of masterly ingenuity. Several times you think you know what will happen. Well, you don't. --Joseph Taggart
Featured back list title:VIOLENCE IS MY BUSINESS / TURN LEFT FOR MURDER
by Stephen Marlowe
“a masterpiece of atmosphere, plot and genuine anxiety”
-Max Allan Collins
Back in print and in stock for the first time in nearly three years!
For a limited time, the Featured back list title is available for 15% off the cover price. Just send us an e-mail with your ordering information and mention this newsletter. Enjoy!
The James Hadley Chase book has been shipping and if you haven't picked it up yet, give it a try. I can't guarantee you'll like it any more than I can guarantee anyone will like any book, but it's a wonderful pairing of the kind of breathtaking crime fiction that Chase mastered from No Orchids for Miss Blandish all through his 90 plus publishing career.
Reviews have been coming in for our next offering, Charlie Stella's wonderful new Rough Riders, a sort of sequel to his first novel, Eddie's World. It takes place ten years later and while it shares a bad guy and a good guy from the first book (and a few other smaller reappearances), this time the action takes place in the frozen Midwest, the flat and windy plains of North Dakota.
It's cold up there but the action isn't, with a complex plot and in depth characters doing those things they shouldn't be doing, reading more like Johnny Porno, I think, than some of his earlier books.
Booklist calls it "A delight." Bill Crider calls it "Big, grim, boisterous, funny, and frightening all at once." From Bookgasm: For those wanting a serious character piece where the payoffs deliver, reach for ROUGH RIDERS.
Available for pre-order now, Crime Club members will get theirs upon release....
Next up after Rough Riders we have our third book by the multi-talented A.S. "Sid" Fleischman. This is a two-in-one featuring a previously unpublished novel, The Sun Worshippers, which features some of Sid's smoothest writing ever. A down on his luck Hollywood writer is called out to the desert to write the biography of a once popular legendary figure, a man turning the land he once promoted as produce farmland into a housing development nightmare. Why take the job? Ask his former lover, the wife of the son of the subject of his biography. And while you're at it, ask where the old man has been and why they've been keeping the writer from meeting him....
The second Fleischman book is a tale of suspense and haunting revenge in the old west. Seven years after nearly being scalped by a Reb, a Union soldier has finally found his man. But a bullet in the shoulder makes his gun arm unreliable and a trip to an abandoned town in the middle of Apache country accompanied by the Reb and a young gunslinger they call kid make for a tension-filled adventure where a certain degree of mutual dependence is required for them all to survive.
As for other Stark House news, our efforts to ramp up production on a few additional titles are coming along nicely. We have a three-in-one volume of the legendary former Lion Books editor and writer Arnold Hano on tap for later in the year. At 90 years old, Arnold is still going strong and this trio of genre-crossing crime fiction (Hano had to write under pseudonyms to keep his writing career separate from his editing one) is a powerful testament to the work of an under-appreciated master.
We're also working on a few other books that are not actually crime related. Max Gartenberg was crime writer extraordinaire Peter Rabe's agent, but he was also the co-editor of one of the classic books on Beat literature and the Beat movement. We also have a collection of pieces depicting the rough and tumble, and often unexpected, world of early California times, deep in the throes of the madness of the Gold Rush. These won't be Crime Club books but we will announce them in a newsletter and give you the opportunity to pick these books up with a bit of an incentive for being a subscriber.
In any case, a lot of things are going on at Stark House, and as always, we appreciate the support and reviews that we get from all of our readers. Thank you again for your interest in this wonderful literature, because without the readers it doesn't mean anything.
And last but not least: 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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