Easy Death

The good folks at Hard Case have served up a heaping helping of holiday hell in the form of Daniel Boyd’s heist novel, Easy Death.  The story follows two hired goons charged with the unenviable task of robbing an armoured truck just days before Christmas.  Will they succeed in their mission or will a brutal…

Borderline

I wonder if Juarez and El Paso were inspirations for George Lucas when he created the town of Mos Eisley as the two border towns are both wretched hives of scum and villainy. Seeing the public eye for the first time in over fifty years, and released through renowned publisher Hard Case Crime, Borderline (originally…

Lucky At Cards

William Maynard, a former magician turned card shark, was run out of Chicago following a botched poker scheme.  Following a nasty dust up, Bill befriends a dentist and finds himself with an invitation to a low stakes card game.  It’s there that he meets Joyce, the sultry wife of tax lawyer Murray Rogers.  Before long,…

A Diet of Treacle

An alternate title could have been “Drugs Are Bad” or “Hasty Decisions are not Recommended”.  While they’re not as eye catching or as hip as “A Diet of Treacle”, they still sum up the story pretty accurately. Joe and Shank have a strange living arrangement.  Sharing an apartment in the West Village, Shank supports Joe…

Little Girl Lost

Richard Aleas’ Little Girl Lost A long lost love of private investigator, John Blake, turns up dead on the roof of a seedy strip club in New York. As he investigates the circumstances surrounding her death, Blake uncovers a life that he never imagined possible for his high school sweetheart.John Blake works with Leo, a…

Top Of The Heap

Gardner’s Top of the Heap Det. Donald Lam is hired to locate two women who could verify the whereabouts of a man thought to be involved in the disappearance of well known, San Francisco socialite. Unsatisfied with the outcome coupled with a feeling that his client’s story stinks, Lam lets his instincts take him further…