> I was in a Barnes & Noble today and saw a collection of 40s and 50s
> crime/suspense reprints from Harlequin, with similar retro covers
> (maybe they were the original covers??) as Hardcase. These included
> "I'll Bury My Dead" by James Hadley Chase. You can find the
> collection here:
> I wonder how much Hardcase Crime inspired this?
Gee, you think?
I'm glad you mentioned this, Dave (or re-mentioned this, since Sonny
posted about it a week or so ago). I saw them in our store the other
day and I've been dying to post on them, and on Harlequin.
Although now known as the publishers of about a zillion pulpy category
romance titles a month, this Canadian publishing dynasty originally
published just about everything they could get their hands on:
mystery, western, science fiction, sports, adventure, cookbooks,
nonfiction and even "literature," as well as, of course, romance.
Sure, they published relatively genteel mysteries by such expected
authors as Agatha Christie, but they also showed a decided bent for
the harder stuff, regularly publishing in their early days works by
such crime authors as Wade Miller, Robert Leslie Bellem, Harry
Whittington, Day Keene, Ronald Cooke, James Hadley Chase, Frank Kane,
Cleve Adams, David Montrose, Robert O. Saber and David Goodis.
In fact, through the years they've continue to publish a vast array of
crime fiction, under a variety of imprints, including Raven House,
Worldwide Mystery and Intrigue, including books by Dell Shannon,
Maxine O'Callaghan, James Axler, Don Pendleton and William Campbell
So, theoretically, if these things sell, there could be some good
stuff available once again. Or at least more James Hadley Chase.
Kevin Burton Smith
The Thrilling Detective Web Site
"Wasting your time on the web since 1998."
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