I understand they did the same thing to members of the Western book club as
well: passing off newer (and older) books from Berkley and Signet as the "new
>From: David Rachels <RachelsDA@comcast.net>
>Sent: Mon, November 1, 2010 5:31:54 PM
>Subject: RARA-AVIS: Hard Boiled Crime Book Club
>The annoyed reader writes . . .
>I received in the mail today what I took to be the latest shipment from the Hard
>Case Crime Book Club. Having lost track of what HCC book might be coming next
>(and unsure of whether there were any more coming from Dorchester at all), I
>opened the package with some sense of excitement . . . and I was much surprised
>to find a copy of a ten-year-old Sunny Randall novel by Robert B. Parker.
>Looking at the enclosed invoice (no money due, of course--they've already taken
>my $5.99), I was surprised to see that I am now a member of something called the
>Hard Boiled Crime Book Club.
>Was I warned that they were going to do this to me? I don't know--I don't
>usually look at the fine print when they send me a new book. But in any case:
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