RARA-AVIS: A HELL OF A WOMAN is out!

From: Busted Flush Press ( bustedflushpress@yahoo.com)
Date: 22 Nov 2007


I am proud to announce the release of A HELL OF A WOMAN: AN ANTHOLOGY OF FEMALE NOIR (edited by Megan Abbott; hardback, $26; paperback, $18). This "smart, unsentimental, and unflinchingly brutal" (BUST magazine) collection features original stories by Lynne Barrett, Charlotte Carter, Christa Faust, Alison Gaylin, Sara Gran, Libby Fischer Hellmann, Vicki Hendricks, Naomi Hirahara, Annette Meyers, Donna Moore, Vin Packer, Rebecca Pawel, Cornelia Read, Lisa Respers France, S. J. Rozan, Sandra Scoppettone, ZoŽ†ďharp, Sarah Weinman, Ken Bruen, Stona Fitch, Allan Guthrie, Charlie Huston, Eddie Muller and Daniel Woodrell.

There are also 36 female noir appreciations (over 50 pages worth!) by some of today's top crime writers and genre experts, including Kevin Burton Smith (on "Alan Farley" and Dolores Hitchens), Jonathan Santlofer (on Marlyn Monroe as Rose Loomis, and Faye Dunaway as Evelyn Mulwray; both with Santlofer illustrations), Sarah Weinman (on Dorothy B. Hughes), Bill Crider (on Leigh Brackett), and many, many more.

Something extra cool: Eddie Muller adapted his Zodiac Killer noir tale, "The Grand Inquisitor" into a short film starring noir legend Marsha Hunt. The short will debut at San Francisco's Noir City Film Festival in late January, and there will be a big HELL OF A WOMAN event at the festival & at "M" Is For Mystery in San Mateo... we hope you can make it!

I strongly encourage everyone to purchase copies of A HELL OF A WOMAN through their favorite independent bookstores or at least a brick-and-mortar chain, but, of course, both editions are available through Amazon.com and BN.com (most stores & online retailers should have their copies within a week)... and try to catch up with the NYC and L.A. writers at their signing events: http://www.bustedflushpress.com/events.php (to be updated this weekend).

I, Megan Abbott, and McKenna Jordan could not be more proud of this anthology... it totally rocks, if I do say so myself. Once you've read it, I'd love to hear from you! Thanks so much, and have a happy Thanksgiving!

David
  David Thompson Busted Flush Press, LLC P.O. Box 540594, Houston, TX 77254-0594 Phone: (713) 942-9282 / Fax: (713) 942-9227 www.bustedflushpress.com (sign up for BFP's e-mail newsletter) bustedflushpress@yahoo.com
  Coming in December: A Hell of a Woman (edited by Edgar Award nominee Megan Abbott; hardback, $26; paperback; $18) "A superior collection... Megan Abbott has assembled a talented list of contributors who deliver inspired performances." -- George Pelecanos. See what Russel McLean (Crime Scene Scotland) thinks of A Hell of a Woman here. Here's a hint: "No question, this is one of the strongest anthologies I've read in a long time. In fact, the first I've digested in one sitting. But with the incredible array of writers and the sheer variety of stories involved, I can heartily recommend picking up A Hell of a Woman."
  The Man Who... omnibus #2 (by Edgar Award winner David Handler; hardback, $26; paperback, $18) "One of my all-time favorite series!" -- Harlan Coben.
  Redemption Street (by Reed Farrel Coleman; paperback; $13) First time in paperback! From the Anthony, Barry, and Shamus Award-winning author of The James Deans. New foreword by Peter Spiegelman.
  Coming in early 2008: Stone City (by Mitchell Smith), Going Out in Style (by Chloe Green), Noblesse Oblige (by Cynthia Smith), Just Another Day in Paradise (by A. E. Maxwell)

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