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When it came to crime, she wrote the book.

CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF HARD CASE CRIME! Okay, not really. But what if, instead of having been founded 50 books ago, Hard Case Crime had been founded 50 years ago, by a rascal out to make a quick buck off the popularity of pulp fiction? Such a fellow might make a few enemies—especially after publishing a supposed non-fiction account of a heist at a Mob-run nightclub, actually penned by an 18-year-old showgirl. With both the cops and the crooks after them, our heroes are about to learn that reading and writing pulp novels is a lot more fun than living them…
Told in 50 chapters, each chapter named after one of the first 50 books in the series.

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The First Quarry

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Killing is a young man’s game.

For the first time ever, the best-selling author of ROAD TO PERDITION takes us back to the beginning, revealing the never-before-told story of Quarry’s first job: infiltrating a college town and eliminating a professor whose affair with one of his beautiful, young students is the least of his sins…

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Kill Now, Pay Later [Hard Case reprint]

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Why would a party girl make him a party to murder?

When Ben Gates took the job guarding the presents at a ritzy upper-class wedding, he thought it would be a simple assignment: stand around, look tough, and make sure none of the bridesmaids walk off with the jewelry.
But that was before someone slipped sleeping pills into Ben’s coffee and a bizarre robbery attempt left two people dead. Now Ben’s reputation is on the line—and if he doesn’t figure out which of three beautiful women is hiding a murderous secret, his life may be as well…

A reprint of this book, with a new cover by the same artist, Robert McGinnis.
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Songs of Innocence

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Those who restrain desire do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained.

Three years ago, detective John Blake solved a mystery that changed his life forever—and left a woman he loved dead. Now Blake is back, to investigate the apparent suicide of Dorothy Louise Burke, a beautiful college student with a double life. The secrets Blake uncovers could blow the lid off New York City’s sex trade…if they don’t kill him first.

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She Was Born Bad

What did a gorgeous Hollywood starlet have to do with the disappearance of a Nobel Prize winner’s last manuscript?

IT’S THE STORY of a big-game hunter, fisherman, fighter, visitor to Cuba, drunk, and Nobel Prize-winning author, recently deceased of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, whose final unpublished manuscript could fetch a mint…

IT’S THE STORY of a short, balding man with a high-pitched voice and a vicious wit, whose cocktail parties are the talk of the town, especially when a beautiful woman dies at one of them…

IT’S THE STORY of Hollywood’s sexiest starlet, who manages to conceal things even when she’s wearing nothing but a towel… …and it’s the story of Dick Sherman, intrepid New York publisher, on the trail of the literary find of the century—and the killer who will stop at nothing to keep it from being found.

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The Wounded and the Slain

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Their vacation in paradise became a descent into hell.

Their marriage on the rocks, James and Cora Bevan flew to Jamaica for a last chance at patching things up. But in the slums of Kingston James found himself fighting for his life—while Cora found her own path to destruction, in the arms of another man.

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The Colorado Kid

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Would She Learn The Dead Man’s Secret?

Who was the dead man, and what was he doing so far from home?

On an island off the coast of Maine, a man is found dead. There’s no identification on the body. Only the dogged work of a pair of local newspapermen and a graduate student in forensics turns up any clues, and it’s more than a year before the man is identified. And that’s just the beginning of the mystery. Because the more they learn about the man and the baffling circumstances of his death, the less they understand. Was it an impossible crime? Or something stranger still…?

By Stephen King. This book is the basis for the SyFy original show Haven.

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Branded Woman

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She Came To Kill

Beautiful jewel smuggler Cay Morgan landed in Mazatlán with a gun in her purse — and a vendetta in her heart.

International jewelry smuggling may be a man’s business, but beautiful Cay Morgan can hold her own with the best. Until the day a shadowy rival known only as The Trader has her abducted and scarred for life as a warning to stay out of his way. Now Cay’s on her way to Mazatlán where one of The Trader’s men has been spotted. There’s a big deal going down—but she’s not there to make a score. Just to settle one.

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Slave Girl for Auction

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Sold for: $33,460.00

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Blowing The Safe


From the July 1958 issue of Stag magazine, the cover art of which is featured here.


Rig for Surface Battle

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Includes the story Blowing The Safe, featuring the Mort Kunstler illustration here

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Virgin Planet

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A world of beautiful women… and one man!

This entire book can be downloaded here

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Madame Penal

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Dramatic saga of the young woman who ruled the Middle East’s Cafard Compound, and of the handful of Americans and 1500 starved and broken wretches forced to kneel and hail her as… Madame Penal


Exposing Hot Money Honeys

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They look innocent — but they know all the tricks of the trade. They do it for Greed…they do it for Love.


She-Wolf of Halmahera: White Queen of the Jungle Savages

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Spur cover, September 1959
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Also featuring Around The World With Nothing On: A Secret Report on the True State of Sun Worship, I Ran A Woman’s Prison, The Spanish Prisoner and the Crooked Doll, and Gangi: Hell Smoke of the Caribbean

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