FIFTY-TO-ONE by Charles Ardai. Burton, MI; Subterranean Press; 2008. 1st edition hardcover.
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…
Fifty-to-One features a full color signature page, plus full color endsheets depicting the 49 previous books in the Hard Case Crime Series,
In addition, each chapter of Fifty-to-One bears the title of a previous Hard Case Crime book, including such gems as Lucky at Cards (Lawrence Block), Lemons Never Lie (Richard Stark), The Colorado Kid (Stephen King), and Gun Work (David J. Schow), among others.
Issued in a SIGNED/LIMITED numbered edition of 500 numbered copies signed by the author.
From Publishers Weekly:
"High-speed action and nonstop thrills highlight the 50th novel from Hard Case Crime... Ardai sets an impressive standard for the new wave of pulp crime fiction... Breathless action and entertaining characters make this a page-turner from start to finish."
Fine in fine dj.