Saturday, November 13, 2010

ICONS AS THEIR YOUNGER SELVES!

ICONS AS THEIR YOUNGER SELVES!

PRIOR TO THE HUGE SUCCESS OF THE YOUNG BOND FRANCHISE THERE WAS THE MILDLY SUCCESSFUL YOUNG INDIANA JONES AND EVEN A VERSION OF YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES. HOWEVER, IT IS THE YOUNG BOND BOOKS THAT HAVE REALLY LED THE WAY FOR THE CURRENT SPATE OF NOVELS FEATURING THE TEENAGE VERSIONS OF ICONIC HEROES.

WE’VE SEEN TWO RECENT NOVELS FEATURING A NEW VERSION OF YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES, AND EVEN AN UPDATED TEENAGE VAN HELSING DESCENDENT TAKING ON THE UNDEAD. THE CURRENT UPDATING OF A YOUNG HAWAII FIVE-O IS CERTAINLY A RATINGS SUCCESS. AND WE’VE EVEN HAD ROBERT B. PARKER’S TAKE ON YOUNG SPENSER – CAN THE TEENAGE YEARS OF MIKE HAMMER BE FAR BEHIND?

I’D LOVE TO SEE A REBOOTED U.N.C.L.E. FRANCHISE DONE AS THE TEENS FROM U.N.C.L.E. , OR HOW ABOUT THE LOW DOWN AND DIRTY ON THE YOUNG MODESTY BLAISE?

DO YOU THINK THIS IS A GOOD TREND OR A BAD TREND?

WHICH ICONIC HEROES DO YOU THINK SHOULD BE GIVEN THE TEENAGE YEARS TREATMENT?

WHICH ONES SHOULD BE LEFT ALONE (IRONSIDE BEFORE THE WHEELCHAIR, LONGSTREET BEFORE HE WAS BLIND, ETC.)?

PONTIAC STAR CHIEF ~ INTERESTING AD CAMPAIGN!

PONTIAC STAR CHIEF ~ INTERESTING AD CAMPAIGN!

YOU HAVE TO WONDER WHY PONTIAC HAD TO CLOSE UP SHOP WHEN THEY AD ADS LIKE THIS TO SELL THEIR CARS.

I WONDER IF DON DRAPER WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS . . .

HAT TIP TO MISS CELLANIA

COMIC ART: STRANSKI!

COMIC ART: STRANSKI!

I DON'T KNOW WHAT THIS IS, BUT I THINK I WANT ONE . . .

FROM STRANSKI BY LORENZO ETHERINGTON . . .

FOR MORE FROM LORENZO AND HIS BROTHER CLICK HERE

THE CAT'S MEOW!

THE CAT'S MEOW ~ ESPIONAGE EDITION!

SIMON'S CAT ~ LUNCH BREAK!

THREE BEST RELATIONSHIP ENDING LINES EVER!

THREE BEST RELATIONSHIP ENDING LINES EVER!

"I'm holding you back from all the other lives you could be ruining."

"We just don't have anything in common anymore – you're a morning person, and I want to see your severed head impaled on a steel railroad spike."

“This will never work – I’m an Aries and you’re a bitch.”

BLACK BOND!

BLACK BOND!

IT COULD HAPPEN, AT LEAST THAT’S WHAT GARY DOBBS OVER AT THE BRILLIANT TAINTED ARCHIVE BLOG SPECULATES IN A POST TODAY . . .

Could it be the time for a black James Bond? Would it work? We've had a black Felix Leiter so perhaps a black James Bond would not be too much of a stretch of the imagination. It could work in the modern world, our society has moved on since Fleming penned the books back in an age when black and whites were still segregated . . .

TO READ THE FULL POST CLICK HERE

NOIR NOW: ON THE MAKE!

NOIR NOW: ON THE MAKE!

JOHN D. MACDONALD

THIS IS A STANDALONE NOVEL FROM JOHN D. MACDONALD, THE CREATOR OF TRAVIS MCGEE, WHICH HAS LONG BEEN OUT OF PRINT . . .

STOLEN MONEY, STOLEN LIVES ...

Tal Howard, a disillusioned Korean War vet, breaks away from his old life, looking for answers and convinced he's going to find them in the small town of Hillston. What's in Hillston? Sixty grand in embezzled funds that Howard learned about from a dying friend in a POW camp. He just needs to find out where the money is hidden and contend with another former POW who has come looking for it, Earl Fitzmartin--a psychopath they were all terrified of in the camp.

Howard soon learns that the secret to the money's location lies in the dead man's past, which must be discovered through the women he knew, such as the respectable Ruth Stamm and the sultry and dangerous Toni Rassele.

FOR FURTHER CLICK HERE

HAT TIP TO BILL CRIDER

E-BOOKS: NIGHTIME IS THE RIGHT TIME!

E-BOOKS: NIGHTIME IS THE RIGHT TIME!

SHORT STORY COLLECTION ~ $2.99

BILL CRIDER

The Nighttime is the Right Time is a collection of short fiction from the author of the popular Sheriff Dan Rhodes series. In these 11 previously published tales, we meet a detective who also happens to be a werewolf; investigate two separate missing-animal cases; tag along with series characters Carl Burns (the amateur-sleuth English teacher) and Dan Rhodes; watch Elvis Presley hunting a vampire; and check out a handful of other interesting puzzles.

Crider is a very smooth writer: his prose is always lively, and his characters are always fun to hang around with. (His fans will notice that a couple of the stories here are much harder-edged than usual; he can be quite dark, when he wants to be.)

A must read for fans of mystery, and darker fantasy tales. There will even be a few stories for fans of a certain Jack MacLane, whose work Bill Crider is intimately familiar with...

AVAILABLE IN ALL E-FORMATS

FOR FURTHER CLICK HERE

Friday, November 12, 2010

PULP NOW: HERE THERE BE MONSTERS!

PULP NOW: HERE THERE BE MONSTERS!

JOHN L. FRENCH

There's a saying in the Baltimore PD... "Do a job once and it's yours." After finding and fighting a creature that could not, should not exist. After saving Baltimore from that one monster, Bianca gets the job of hunting down all the dark things that view Baltimore's citizens as playthings and cattle. When the Lord of Hell threatens to destroy all that she holds dear, Bianca knows that the only way to save her city may be to make the ultimate sacrifice.

FOR MORE CLICK HERE

WESTERN PULP: SIX-GUN WESTERN!

WESTERN PULP: SIX-GUN WESTERN!

THE THIRD LEAD SLINGING, HIGH ACTION ISSUE OF SIX-GUN WESTERN MAGAZINE IS ROPED AND READY!

AVAILABLE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15TH, FROM AGE OF ADVENTURE!

Classic Western Thrills with The Rio Kid, Teel James Glenn shows us "The Two Faces of Justice", Two Fisted Western Comics, and a filmography of The Legendary Clint Eastwood! Not to mention articles on TV Western Collectibles, the history of the Colt Peacemaker and MORE! Wrangle up your copy now!

AGE OF ADVENTURE

VINTAGE COVERS ~ THE SPIKED HEEL!

VINTAGE COVERS ~ RENE!

VINTAGE COVERS ~ THE OBITUARY CLUB!

PULP NOW: BOXING GORILLAS!

PULP NOW: BOXING GORILLAS!

ADAM PERRY

Failed musician, Mason Burke feels that all he needs to screw his head back on straight is a few months at the beach; however, the old "Redneck Riviera" has other plans. In short order, Mason and a crew of local miscreants find themselves running afoul of a group of ruthless drug smugglers.

With nothing to rely on but his rum-addled wits and the advice of some of Gulf Shores, Alabama's more questionable inhabitants, Mason and his friends square off to fight it out for the soul of the last, lost beach community on the Gulf of Mexico.

FOR MORE CLICK HERE

PULP NOW: THE SECRET 6 CLASSICS!

PULP NOW: THE SECRET 6 CLASSICS!

LEAGUE OF THE GRATEFUL DEAD: FEATURING THE SUICIDE SQUAD

EMILE C. TEPPERMAN

Klaw, Murdoch and Kerrigan . . . the FBI's Suicide Squad return in this collection of six classic Suicide adventures from the pages of ACE-G-MEN STORIES from 1939-43.

MR. ZERO AND THE F.B.I. SUICIDE SQUAD: One for all, and all for one--even in death--was the fighting creed of the three wildest, gun-swinging law aces of the F.B.I.!

THE SUICIDE SQUAD PAYS OFF: The Black Sheep of the F.B.I. turn a terror-ridden town upside down in a finish-fight with a gang that had decreed death for all G-men!

THE SUICIDE SQUAD'S MURDER LOTTERY: Kerrigan and Klaw came to mourn at the grave of their murdered comrade... and stayed to follow a fighting ghost to war--against the Twentieth Century Nero who held a third of the nation in abject slavery!

THE SUICIDE SQUAD IN CORPSE-TOWN: America's new air arm, the keystone in her vast defense program: cornered on the brink of destruction! ...Only three men--Kerrigan, Murdoch and Klaw--could prevent disaster, and that grim trio of Death's Volunteers was already living on
borrowed, bartered time!

THE TUNNEL DEATH BUILT: Who had the power, the resourcefulness, and the organization to steal thousands of priceless weapons from Uncle Sam, and ship them secretly abroad? The mystery was a job for the inimitable Suicide Squad-Kerrigan, Murdoch and Klaw. But they were already waging a private, unofficial battle against Nicodemus Largo-the most invulnerable crime-king of them all!

THE SUICIDE SQUAD AND THE TWINS OF DEATH!: When Blond Otto The Hangman and his Nazi aides told Murdoch that he would soon join the dead Kerrigan and Klaw, he waited until he did--then added the roar of a dead man's weapon to the blazing guns of his ghostly pals!

ALTUS PRESS ~ AVAILABLE SOON

324 PAGES ~ $29.95 SC ~ $39.95 HC

PULP NOW: DIME DETECTIVE COMPANION!

PULP NOW: DIME DETECTIVE COMPANION!

JAMES L. TRAYLOR, WITH MONTE HERRIDGE, MARVIN LACHMAN, WILL MURRAY, WILLIAM E. BARRETT, CARROLL JOHN DALY, FREDERICK C. DAVIS, T.T. FLYNN, AND JOHN LAWRENCE

Dime Detective Magazine was second only to Black Mask as the dean of detective/P.I./hard boiled pulp magazines, and was the home of Carroll John Daly, Frederick Nebel, John D. MacDonald, Cornell Woolrich, Erle Stanley Gardner, and many other top-notch scribes.

This book indexes all 274 issues of Dime Detective, contains several articles on the series and its writers, and as a bonus, the fifth anniversary round-robin story from the November 1936 issue, "The Tonguess Men," by William E. Barrett, Carroll John Daly, Frederick C. Davis, T. T. Flynn, and John Lawrence.

ALTUS PRESS ~ AVAILABLE SOON

242 PAGES ~ $24.94 SC ~ $34.95 HC

PULP NOW: THE MAN IN PURPLE!

PULP NOW: THE MAN IN PURPLE!

JOHNSTON MCCULLEY

Fresh off the creation of Zorro, writer Johnston McCulley created a fantastic follow-up masked hero: The Man in Purple! Nearly forgotten today and never before reprinted in its entirety, The Man in Purple series has been restored to its original glory!

As a bonus, this collection has been augmented by an all-new adventure of The Man in Purple by pulp writer Tom Johnson.

ALTUS PRESS

274 PAGES ~ $24.95 SC ~ $34.95 HC

PULP NOW: WHEN THE DEATH-BAT FLIES!

PULP NOW: WHEN THE DEATH-BAT FLIES!

THE DETECTIVE STORIES OF NORVELL PAGE

Best known for his Spider pulp stories, scribe Norvell Page was a master mystery writer as well. This 800-page book collects over 30 of Page’s detective stories from the pages of DETECTIVE TALES, THE SPIDER, DETECTIVE FICTION WEEKLY and STRANGE DETECTIVE MYSTERIES, most of which have never been reprinted before.

Includes an all-new introduction by Will Murray.

ALTUS PRESS

796 PAGES ~ $39.95

BOXING FICTION!

BOXING FICTION!

IT HAS BEEN A WHILE SINCE I LAST CHECKED OUT WHAT’S NEW IN ONE OF MY FAVORITE SPORTS GENRES, BOXING FICTION, AND WAS SURPRISED TO FIND A COOL REPRINT AND A COUPLE OF EITHER JUST RELEASED OR SOON TO BE RELEASED TITLES . . .

THE BRUISER

JIM TULLY

INTRODUCTION BY PAUL J. BAUER AND MARK DAWIDZIAK

FOREWORD BY GERALD EARLY

KENT STATE UNIVERSITY PRESS / BLACK SQUIRREL BOOKS

When The Bruiser was first published in 1936, almost every reviewer praised Jim Tully’s gritty boxing novel for its authenticity—a hard-earned attribute. Twenty-eight years before the appearance of The Bruiser, Tully began a career in the ring, fighting regularly on the Ohio circuit. He knew what it felt like to step inside the ropes, hoping to beat another man senseless for the amusement of the crowd. Having won acclaim in the 1920s for such hard-boiled autobiographical novels as Beggars of Life and Circus Parade, Tully thus became both fighter and writer.

“It’s a pip of a story because it is written by a man who knows what he is writing about,” said sportswriter and Guys and Dolls author Damon Runyon. “He has some descriptions of ring fighting in it that literally smell of whizzing leather. He has put bone and sinew into it, and atmosphere and feeling.”

The Bruiser is the story of Shane Rory, a drifter who turns to boxing and works his way up the heavyweight ranks. Like Tully, Shane starts out as a road kid who takes up prizefighting. While The Bruiser is not an autobiographical work, it does draw heavily on Tully’s experiences of the road and ring. Rory is part Tully, but the boxers populating these briskly paced chapters are drawn from the many ring legends the writer counted among his friends: Jack Dempsey, Joe Gans, Stanley Ketchel, Gene Tunney, Frank Moran, and Johnny Kilbane, to name a few.

The book is dedicated to Dempsey, the Roaring Twenties heavyweight champion, who said, “If I still had the punch in the ring that Jim Tully packs in The Bruiser, I’d still be the heavyweight champion of the world today.”

More than just a riveting picture of life in the ring, The Bruiser is a portrait of an America that Jim Tully knew from the bottom up.

FOR MORE CLICK HERE

THE LONLIEST PLACE

ALEC WEEKS

A talented young boxer emerges from the wreckage of the Blitz and the Second World War: Jack Peters has a great natural ability, spotted early on by trainer Eddie Millighan, who takes him under his wing. Soon Eddie's whole family are drawn in to Jack's life, as Jack becomes as close to him as the son he never had.

But it gradually becomes apparent that Jack's unstoppable drive to win is masking another agenda - the burning desire for revenge. As Eddie dedicates himself to building Jack into a champion, will Jack find the peace of mind that has eluded him for so long? This action-packed tale is also a warm, human story of how wartime experiences shape a winner.

FOR MORE CLICK HERE

STORMY PETREL

ALEC WEEKS

Eddie 'Boy' Walker is a boxer with a chance of the title. When his crooked manager - one Pablo Mesinne - asks him to throw his latest fight, Eddie and trainer Sydney West have other plans. After the fight they decide to lay low, somewhere beyond the reach of Pablo and the shadowy crime syndicate The Group. But when Eddie catches his fiancee with another man - one of Pablo's own henchmen no less - he sees red and the fighter in him is unleashed.

Thirteen years later Eddie is ready to start again. With his faithful dog Jessie by his side, he stumbles into the lives of Mike and Sue Shepherd, struggling farmers in the North of England. Together they show him the love and respect he hasn't known for so long. Over time, he is able to confess and relive his past - the attack, the arrest, the sentence, the time. And perhaps, just perhaps, a new future lies ahead; even - all things being equal - one last shot at the title . . .

The second novel by former BBC sports producer Alec Weeks (Match of the Day), Stormy Petrel is a tale of courage, failing, loyalty and second chances.

FOR MORE CLICK HERE

THE FIXER

STEVE BUNCE

Ray Lester is a fixer in the boxing business. He makes fights happen. He builds a bridge and guides boxers across to the negotiating table. Ray Lester is good at his job. Then one morning a girl arrives at Ray's door and asks him for help finding her father, an old-school Vegas crooner called Eddie Lights.

Ray travels with his questions to Sin City, along with 30,000 other Brits with their Union Jacks on the way to watch Hatton take on Mayweather. But before long, the boys in leather jackets from back east on his tail and Ray finds himself embroiled in a murderous plot. So begins a journey into the murky world of deals, fights and fighters.

It is a world beyond the glitz, glamour and glory, where men like Ray Lester operate. It is a world where the fixer is king.

FOR MORE CLICK HERE

WAITING FOR CARVER BOYD!

THOMAS HAUSER

Waiting For Carver Boyd is Thomas Hauser's most riveting work to date. It tells the tale of a young fighter who rises from obscurity to challenge for the most coveted prize in sports, the undisputed heavyweight championship of the world. It's a special book that moves back and forth with increasing intensity between the bright lights and shadows of professional sports.

It's about hope, anger, loss and belief in oneself. It's a love story with a special twist. On occasion, a unique book breaks with traditional thinking and demands attention.

Waiting For Carver Boyd is different from any novel you've ever read. Spend an hour with it. You won't be disappointed. The experience will stay with you forever.

FOR MORE CLICK HERE

COCKTAIL NATION #150 ~ KOOPER HYPNOTIZED BY THE CALL OF A MERMAID!

COCKTAIL NATION #150 ~ KOOPER HYPNOTIZED BY THE CALL OF A MERMAID!

Well, how about this, Koop has a mermaid on the show for you tonight.  He found her in a tiki bar and we'll find out about her life and influences.

Coming up on the show, we'll also have news of a Sinatra film, plus Spy-Fi news about their new album, and another sneak peak from Mr Ho's Orchestorica. 

We'll also take a look a the world of swank, and we'll tackle the issues of the world with our segment Ask Koop as we take a look at people who ignore inflight instructions from the cabin crew.

PLAYLIST:

Mark Copeland ~ The Coffee Song
Vic Flick ~ Copacabinsky
Les Baxter ~ Simba
Abe Lagrimas ~ Headache
Frank Sinatra ~ You're So Right
Mancini ~ Something for Cat
Mr Ho's Orchestrotica ~ Street Scene
Martini Kings ~ Freddie the Freeloader
Spy Fi ~ Bryce's theme
Diana Krall ~ You're My Thrill
Combustible Edison ~ Impact
Preston Epps ~ Bongos in Pastel

TO LISTEN OR DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

AN EVENING AT THE BUDDIES LOUNGE #115!

AN EVENING AT THE BUDDIES LOUNGE #115!

Join the BIG W every Friday evening as he continues to explore, with drink in hand, the Space-Age Pop Hi-Fi musical sounds of the 1950’s and the 1960’s in LIVING STEREO!

PLAYLIST:

• The Curse Of An Aching Heart - Frank Sinatra
• Pitty Pat - Al Hirt
• They Can’t Take That Away From Me - Della Reese
• Strike Up The Band - Al Caiola
• I’m Sitting On Top Of The World - Doris Day
• I Feel Fine - Floyd Cramer
• Listen To The Rockin’ Bird - Peggy Lee
• After The Fox - Burt Bacharach
• Harlem Blues - Nat King Cole
• Window Washer - Billy May
• Just One Of Those Things - Shirley Bassey
• St. Louis Blues Twist - Les Elgart
• I’ve Never Been In Love Before - Bobby Darin
• A Wonderful Day Like Today - Dick Schory
• Gone With The Wind - Dakota Staton
• Crocodile, Go Home - Henry Mancini
• Love Must Be Catchin’ - Julie London
• Puttin’ On The Ritz - Terry Snyder
• Oh, What A Beautiful Monrnin’ - Rosemary Clooney
• Bittersweet Samba - Herb Alpert and The TJB
• Just Born (To Be Your Baby) - Perry Cono
• The Flubber Song - Fred MacMurray
• The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise - Si Zentner

TO LISTEN OR DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

PULP NOW: LONDON PULP ~ BOXING FICTION!

PULP NOW: LONDON PULP ~ BOXING FICTION!

THERE AIN’T NO JUSTICE!

JAMES CURTIS

James Curtis (They Drive By Night) turns his attentions to the world of boxing in this suitably hard-hitting 1937 novel, which tells the story of Tommy Mutch, a 'preliminary boy' from the slums of Notting Dale attempting to make a living in the fight game. It's pretty much the classic tale of the honest-but-none-too-bright boxer who finally discovers he's been sold out by his managers/promoters etc – but, as with all Curtis's work, the appeal lies less in the plot than in the telling.

VINTAGE COVERS: SPANISH VERSION!

PULP NOW: SPANISH PULP ~ THE COYOTE!

THE REAL CAT'S MEOW!

TAKE A CHANCE FRIDAY!

TAKE A CHANCE FRIDAY!

AN ONGOING SERIES HIGHLIGHTING POSSIBLY DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH e-BOOKS BY RELATIVELY UNKNOWN AUTHORS, FOUND WHILE CRUISING THE e-BOOK SHELVES ON AMAZON WITH PRICES THAT MAKE THEM WORTH TAKING A CHANCE ON . . . SOME MAY BE CRAP, SOME COULD SHOW POTENTIAL, OTHERS (I SUSPECT VERY, VERY, FEW) MIGHT BE GREAT – TAKE A CHANCE . . .

TODAY’S FIND . . . HORROR . . .

LET ME DIE A WOMAN ~ $4.00

ALAN KELLY

Alice Fiend folded her arms and looked down at the little creatures from the third floor office of Blood Rag's headquarters. She'd scour this planet, rape it of every natural and synthetic resource and enslave those flesh wasters who referred to themselves as humanity.

Bunny Flask, with the help of her friend Kiffany, has fought hard to champion women working in the horror genre in the magazine 'Blood Rag'. But, when it is bought out by the sexist, money grabbing Mick Jones her influence is stiffled and then snuffed out. With the arrival of the flame haired Alice Fiend her world falls apart completely.

Kicked out of her job, dumped by text message and trying to cope with the nightmares of her past Bunny decides to make a stand - fully armed! But there is more to Mick and Alices' plans. Why are women dissapearing? What links Ms Fiend to a 'terrorist' attack in a tiny village in Ireland? Can Bunny trust anyone anymore? More disturbing and sinister than she could ever imagine; like the cult flicks she loves so much. It isn't as much fun when you're living the horror . . .

FOR MORE CLICK HERE

PULP NOW: MYSTERY MEN!

PULP NOW: MYSTERY MEN!

Airship 27 Productions and Cornerstone Book Publishers are thrilled to present the next wave in all out action pulp avengers as created by today’s finest pulp writers. During the golden days of American pulps hundreds of masked avengers were created to battle evildoers around the globe. The Black Bat, Moon Man, Domino Lady, and the Purple Scar to name only a few of these amazing pulp heroes. Now Airship 27 Productions introduces pulp readers to brand new pulp heroes cast in the mold of their 1930s counterparts. Get ready for high octane thrills and adventure with . . .

THE BAGMAN by B.C. Bell – A former street thug, Frank “Mac” MaCullough now fights the very gang bosses her grew up admiring in defense of the poor and helpless in his Chicago neighborhood.

RED VEIL by Aaron Smith – When her beloved cop husband is gunned down and the police refuse to investigate, Irish immigrant Alice Carter downs red widow’s garb and dishes out her own brand of justice.

GRIDIRON by David Boop – Crippled by the mob for not throwing a game, star football player Gordon “Gory” Burrell is tragically transformed into a bizarre metal man. Accepting his fate, he vows to destroy those who prey on the weak.

DUSK by Barry Reese – Haunted by a brutal past, Sue Timlin dons a mask and becomes judge, jury and executioner to those villains the law cannot touch, all the while maintaining a unique secret that gives her the upper hand in her war on crime.

Here are four brand new action-packed pulp thrillers starring bizarre, original heroes to thrill and excite pulps fans everywhere. Features a cover by the amazing Ingrid Hardy, with interior illos and design by Rob Davis and edited by Ron Fortier. All brought to you by Airship 27 Productions – Pulps for a new generation!

$21.95

THE CAT'S MEOW ~ FULL HOUSE!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: THE BURNING SEASON!

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: THE BURNING SEASON!

THE FIRST JOE HANNIBAL NOVEL

WAYNE DUNDEE

Back in the early ‘80s I got to know Wayne D. Dundee when he was publishing a pre-Internet mystery short story zine called Hardboiled. One of my stories, Quint And The Braceros, was published by Dundee in Hardboiled and went on to be nominated for a Best Private Eye Short Story Shamus.

Dundee published Hardboiled because of his love for the private eye genre, using the magazine to give voice to a number of up and coming writers, including C. J. Henderson, and not least of all, himself. Hardboiled was the launching pad for Dundee’s seminal private eye Joe Hannibal – a two-fisted brother to Mike Hammer.

Set against the unusual background of Rockford, Illinois, Hannibal’s investigations showcased his blue collar roots, his tough love conservative Regan era philosophy, and his take no prisoners approach to life. Along with Bomber Brannigan, his bartender/ex-wrestler sidekick, Hannibal kicks ass and takes names, and would be right at home in the pulp pages of Manhunt or Black Mask. My kind of guy, especially to read about.

Dundee astutely managed to move Hannibal through a series of excellent short stories and into a series of novels from a mainstream publisher – each one showing growth for Hannibal as a character and Dundee as a writer. An excellent, if sometimes overlooked series.

THE BURNING SEASON

On a bounty hunt in rural southern Illinois, PI Joe Hannibal apprehends his man Junior Odum but then discovers his troubles in Hatchaloo County are only beginning. Joe is convinced by gun-toting kin of Odum's that there are worse things going on locally than the harboring of a bail skip, and it doesn't take much digging by him to decide they're right. Greed, treachery, arson … and murder, are all there to be uncovered.

At the breakneck pace of a moonshine runner barreling down a country back road, Hannibal races to prevent the killer from getting away with what he has done. But only after blazing death strikes again will Joe be able to close the case.

Several of the later Joe Hannibal novels may still be in print and available from Amazon or elsewhere, but Abe books or other Internet used book dealers would be able to provide inexpensive copies of the early books.

THE JOE HANNIBAL NOVELS

THE BURNING SEASON (1988)
THE SKINTIGHT SHROUD (1989)
THE BRUTAL BALLET (1992)
AND FLESH AND BLOOD SO CHEAP (2001)
THE FIGHT IN THE DOG (2005)
THE DAY AFTER YESTERDAY (2007)

THE TROUBLE WITH BLONDES!

HAPPY 90TH BIRTHDAY, JAMES BOND!

HAPPY 90TH BIRTHDAY, JAMES BOND!

J. KINGSTON PIERCE GIVES US THE FULL RUNDOWN ON THIS DUBIOUS DATE WITH A COOL TRIBUTE OVER AT THE RAP SHEET . . .

TO CHECK IT OUT CLICK HERE

BURN NOTICE UPDATE!

BURN NOTICE UPDATE!

Burn Notice returns tonight with an all-new episode!

When a vengeful lawyer hires a paranoid bombmaker to kill off members of a local gang, Michael is forced to intervene before innocent lives are lost in the mayhem.

Daniel Pino guest stars in "Eyes Open", premiering tonight at 10/9C.

THE CAT'S MEOW ~ ADVENTURE VERZION!