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CharlesArdai
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Thanks.  We've talked about it, including with several major calendar publishers, and for various reasons it just hasn't happened yet.  (There seems to be a sense that the audience for a calendar with our covers on it wouldn't be quite as large as for one based on the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, which I suppose is probably true.)  But we're not giving up...
 
--Charles


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I've enjoyed so many of the books, but the one that keeps coming back to me is GRAVE DESCEND. I don't know if it's one of the "best," but when I think of it, the first thing that pops into my head is "Boy, I really liked that book."
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That's great.  It is an awfully *fun* book.  And if you liked that one you should definitely check out ZERO COOL, by the same author.  Very much in the same spirit.
 
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As I have not read all the HCC books yet, it is hard for me to say. I have enjoyed each one I have read, some more than others but here are my top favs so far.
 
Bust by Ken Bruen and Jason Starr
Slide by Ken Bruen and Jason Starr (Can't wait for The MAX to come out)
The Gutter and the Grave by Ed McBain
The Girl With the Long Green Heart by Lawrence Block
Money Shot by Christa Faust
Zero Cool by John Lange
 
All very good reads.
 
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Get a load of the latest Lawrence Block reissue. What a cover!
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No matter what I see between now and the time I go to sleep, that cover will be the best thing I will see all day. It's so ridiculous in the best sense of the word. It's gorgeous and insane all at the same time.

I cannot wait to read this.
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Well, if the first chapter is any indication, this is going to be one helluva read!
 

Scott wrote:
No matter what I see between now and the time I go to sleep, that cover will be the best thing I will see all day. It's so ridiculous in the best sense of the word. It's gorgeous and insane all at the same time.

I cannot wait to read this.


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Yeah, honestly, I don't want  to get too self-promotional here, but I can't imagine any fan of hardboiled crime fiction or international thrillers reading that first chapter and not wanting to know what happens next. 
 
And when you get to the end -- well, let's just say it may not end the way you expect...
 
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Hey Charles,
 
Any highlights from Noircon to report?
 
 

CharlesArdai wrote:
Yeah, honestly, I don't want  to get too self-promotional here, but I can't imagine any fan of hardboiled crime fiction or international thrillers reading that first chapter and not wanting to know what happens next. 
 
And when you get to the end -- well, let's just say it may not end the way you expect...
 
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I was only there for one day, but the portion I attended was great.  There's a real feeling of intimacy at a smaller convention like this: just a single room jam-packed with people who love the same things you do.  Some very interesting presentations, including some by non-writers or writers from the true-crime and crime journalism side of the fence.  And it was great to see old friends (and some of my own authors) such as Christa Faust, Jason Starr, Ken Bruen, Megan Abbott, and Duane Swierczynski.  Well worth the train ride down to Philly.  (Plus, I got to eat some authentic Philly cheesesteak, and you can't top that.)
 
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Hello Everyone I know I am Late on this post but I have to give my 2cents on HCC

 

    I agree with many of you that it is very hard to single out a book or even a handfull of HCC books that stand out. I have read them all in a compressed amount of time (5 Months 43 Books). One thing I must say is that I was thrilled to see that the newer books were just as strong and Hard Boiled as the Classics (Especially the MAX trilogy and Money Shot). There were only a coulple I was luke warm about , The Last Match, Straight Cut and honestly I felt The Colorado Kid did not hold up to the rest of the series. But when you are talking about 50 books Being Luke warm about three is a hell of a batting average.

    Home is the Sailor and Money Shot hold my record for the fastest reads (1 afternoon and Night). The size and intensity of these books cause you to bullet right through them.

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Re: Hard Case. Best of the Best.

I'm with you -- Money Shot is a definitive stand out!

 


RRebelo wrote:

Hello Everyone I know I am Late on this post but I have to give my 2cents on HCC

 

    I agree with many of you that it is very hard to single out a book or even a handfull of HCC books that stand out. I have read them all in a compressed amount of time (5 Months 43 Books). One thing I must say is that I was thrilled to see that the newer books were just as strong and Hard Boiled as the Classics (Especially the MAX trilogy and Money Shot). There were only a coulple I was luke warm about , The Last Match, Straight Cut and honestly I felt The Colorado Kid did not hold up to the rest of the series. But when you are talking about 50 books Being Luke warm about three is a hell of a batting average.

    Home is the Sailor and Money Shot hold my record for the fastest reads (1 afternoon and Night). The size and intensity of these books cause you to bullet right through them.

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