Synopses & Reviews
After years at sea, Swede Nelson just wanted to find a nice girl and settle down. What he found was Corliss Mason: sensual, irresistible and deadly. Soon Swede's helping Corliss cover up a killing, but how long can they get away with murder? And why can't he shake the terrible suspicion that he's being set up?
"Vivid characters and an emotionally involving plot...the many unexpected story twists add ingenuity." Guide to Classic Mystery and Detection
Available for the first time in more than 35 years a harrowing tale of lust and murder. Swede Nelson just wants to meet a nice girl and settle down. But he meets Corliss Mason instead: seductress, murderess, and maybe something worse. Reissue.
About the Author
One of the leading paperback mystery writers of the 1950s, Day Keene also wrote for radio, television, movies, and pulp magazines. In addition to creating some of the most memorable noir nightmares ever published, Keene (real name: Gunnar Hjerstedt) also wrote widely praised mainstream novels such as Chautauqua, which was the basis for the Elvis Presley movie The Trouble with Girls.
From World War II through the 1960s, paperback crime novels were one of the fastest-selling categories in book publishing. Millions of readers snapped up hundreds of millions of books by well-known authors like Erle Stanley Gardner
and Mickey Spillane
, as well as by promising young writers like Lawrence Block
, Elmore Leonard
, and Ed McBain
. Today, Block, Leonard, and McBain still make the bestseller lists with each new hardcover but the pulp novels that first captured the public's imagination weren't hardcovers. They were paperbacks you could fit in your back pocket, with jaw-dropping cover paintings
and bare-knuckled prose that grabbed you by the collar with the first sentence and held you until the last page. No one's published books like that in years.
Hard Case Crime is dedicated to reviving the vigor and excitement, the suspense and thrills the sheer entertainment of the golden age of paperback crime novels, both by bringing back into print the best work of the pulp era and by introducing readers to new work by some of today's most powerful writers and artists. Determined detectives and dangerous women...fortune hunters and vengeance seekers...ingenious criminals and men on the run for their lives...Hard Case Crime novels offer everything you want from a great story, all in handsome and affordable mass-market editions.