Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Five top books on pulp fiction

One title on the Barnes & Noble Review's list of five top books on the glorious age of pulp fiction storytelling, collected, revisited, and re-imagined:
by Charles Ardai

Few publishers have done more to revitalize America's fascination with pulp fiction than Charles Ardai and his line of Hard Case Crime novels. These slim volumes, denoted by the yellow ribbon with a pistol and a crown, fit perfectly in your back pocket, feature jaw-dropping covers that hearken back to the golden age of the genre, and contain electric stories both old and new. The imprint's fiftieth publication is written by Edgar Award-winner Ardai, who pens a gripping tale of a pulp publisher who gets caught up in a heist at a Mob-run nightclub. Each of the fifty chapter titles is the title of a previous Hard Case book. But this isn't just an exercise in meta-fiction; the story packs the wallop of straight whiskey.
Read about another title on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue