Vorzimmer, Jeff, editor, The Best of Manhunt (anthology) |Buy this book 39 stories from the acclaimed digest, including stories by Ed McBain, Mickey Spillane, Richard Deming, Jonathan Craig, Hal Ellson, Robert Turner, Jack Ritchie, Frank Kane, Craig Rice, Fletcher Flora, Talmage Powell, Richard S. Prather, David Alexander, Harold Q. Masur, Gil Brewer, Helen Nielsen, Erskine Caldwell, Henry Slesar, David Goodis, Lawrence Block, John D. MacDonald, Clark Howard, Fredric Brown, Donald E. Westlake, Harlan Ellison and Harry Whittington. As some doofus once said, “Issue-for-issue and pound-for-pound, Manhunt was the best and most consistent crime mag around.”
Block, Lawrence, editor, At Home in the Dark (anthology) | Buy this book | Kindle it! Not noir? Well, definitely dark. A wide-ranging collection of stories by N. J. Ayres, Jill D. Block, Hilary Davidson, Jim Fusilli, Elaine Kagan, Joyce Carol Oates, Thomas Pluck, Wallace Stroby, and Duane Swierczynski, among others.
Herren, Greg, Survivor’s Guilt and Other Stories (collection) | Buy this book | Kindle it! A collection of Herren’s stories of southern Gothic crime, including five new ones and the first-ever Chanse MacLeod short story.
Moring, Matthew, editor,Black Mask 2019 Yearbook (anthology)| Buy this book A pulp-sized annual, featuring nine brand new storiesall in the Black Mask vein, as well as a new take on Raymond Chandler’s The Little Sister, and some classic reprints by folks like Dashiell Hammett, D.L. Champion, Carroll John Daly, Frederick Nebel, T.T. Flynn, and Frederick C. Davis.
West, Holly, editor, Murder-a-Go-Go’s: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Music of The Go-Go’s (anthology) | Buy this book | Kindle it! Crime writers including Lisa Brackmann, Lori Rader-Day, Hilary Davidson, Thomas Pluck and Eric Beetner got the beat; Jane Wiedlin does the intro. And proceeds go to Planned Parenthood. Yeah, they got it!
February 2019 Collections and Anthologies
Hancock, Tommy, ediitor, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar (Johnny Dollar; anthology) | Buy it now Brand new tales of Old Time Radio’s “man with the action-packed expense account”! Contributors include Gary Phillips, Tommy Hancock, Joe Gentile, Ron Fortier, Eric Fein, Bobby Nash, Josh Reynolds, & Barry Reese. There’s also a deluxe edition which includes the complete, 48-page comic book from 2003.
King, Laurie R., & Leslie Klinger, For the Sake of the Game: Stories Inspired by Sherlock Holmes (anthology) | Buy this book| Buy the audio| Kindle it! Another smasheroo collection, including contributions by Rhys Bowen, Reed Farrel Coleman, Jamie Freveletti, Gregg Hurwitz, Harley Jane Kozak, Zoe Sharp, Duane Swierczynski, and F. Paul Wilson.
Phillips, Gary, editor, Gary Phillips’ Hollis For Hire (Nate Hollis) | Buy this book | Kindle it! Fans of Phillips’ big-shouldered African-American comic book eye will be glad to see him back in action in this new collection of prose stories by Phillips, Sara Paretsky, Scott Adlerberg, Phillip Drayer Duncan, Naomi Hirahara and Sarah M. Chen.
November 2018 Collections and Anthologies
Daly, Carroll John, If Death Is Respectable: The Collected Hard-Boiled Stories of Race Williams, Vol. 4 (Race Williams)
Brewer, Gil, The Red Scarf/A Killer is Loose (a Stark House two-fer) | Buy this book Two classic noir reprints by Brewer, with an intro by Paul Bishop.
Klinger, Leslie S., editor, Classic American Crime Fiction of the 1920s (anthology) | Buy this book | Kindle it! The Edgar-winning Master of the Annotation serves up five pivotal, iconic novels ( House Without a Key by Earl Derr Biggers, The Benson Murder Case by S.S, Van Dine, The Roman Hat Mystery by Ellery Queen and of special interest for fans of this site, Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett and Little Caesar by W.R. Burnett),presented in its original form, with extensive historical and cultural annotations and illustrations to infinity and beyond, plus a detailed foreword t put things in perspective and an introduction by Otto Penzler.
Penzler, Otto, editor, The Big Book of Female Detectives (antholgy) | Buy this book | Kindle it! Penzler’s annual slab of resurrected treasures boasts classic (and not-so-classic) reprints from Anna Katharine Green, Mary Roberts Rinehart, Agatha Christie, Baroness Orczy and Edgar Wallace to Sue Grafton, Sara Paretsky, Linda Barnes and Laura Lippman.
Phillips, Gary, editor, The Obama Inheritance (anthology) | Buy this book |Kindle it! Way, way out there conspiracy noir that outfoxes FOX. Contributors include Walter Mosley, Andrew Nette, Danny Gardner, Kate Flora, Anthony Neil Smith and Robert Silverberg.
Klavan, Ross, Tim O’Mara & Charles Salzberg, Three Strikes, Three, Authors, Three Crime Novellas (anthology) | Buy this book | Kindle it!
Spillane, Mickey, Primal Spillane: The Early Stories 1941-42 (collection) | Buy this book | Kindle it!
A new, expanded version, with even more short-shorts by Spillane, mostly originally written for inclusion in comic books. Hard-boiled, crime, WWII, suspense, thrillers, monster stories & even a couple of SF tales, Spillane wrote ’em all. Edited by Lynn Myers and Max Allan Collins.
Penzler, Otto, editor, Bibliomysteries, Volume Two (anthology) | Buy this book | More original stories of murder and mayhem in the world of books, by Ian Rankin, Thomas Perry, Joyce Carol Oates, Megan Abbott, F. Paul Wilson, James W. Hall and more.
Johnson, Sarah L., The Dame Was Trouble (anthology) | Buy this book A collection of Canadian Crime Fiction from the best and brightest female crime writers that the Great White North has to offer, including stories by Kelley Armstrong, Melodie Campbell, Gail Bowenand Sandra Ruttan.
MacDonald, John D., editor, The Lethal Sex (MWA anthology) (r)|Kindle it!
May 2018 Collections and Anthologies
Block, Lawrence, Resume Speed and Other Stories (collection) | Buy this book |Kindle it! Block finds old stories in his couch like other people find spare change.
Brown, Carter, No Harp for My Angel/Booty for a Babe/Eve, It’s Extortion (non-P.I.; Al Wheeler) | Buy this book
Dawson, Janet, Jeri Howard Books 1-9 (Jeri Howard) | Kindle it! Budget-priced ebook set, collects the nine novels
French, John, L., The Last Redhead (hard-boiled short stories) | Buy this book | Kindle it! Cover by Robert Maguire.
April 2018 Collections and Anthologies
Brewer, Gil, Flight to Darkness/77 rue Paradis (non P.I.) | Buy this book…Kindle it! Two classic noirs by a master, courtesy of Stark House.
Kelter, Lawrence, editor, The Black Car Business, Volume One | Buy this book…Kindle it! The ominous, infamous trope gets its own abnthology, with contributions by Eric Beetner, J. Carson Black, Cheryl Bradshaw, Diane Capri, Lawrence Kelter, Dana King, Simon Wood,, Vincent Zandri and others.
March 2018 Collections and Anthologies
Browne, Howard, Halo for Hire (Paul Pine) | Buy this book At long, long last the best Chandler this side of Raymond Thornton is duly collected, signed, sealed and delivered in one brand new volume, collecting all four of Browne’s four Paul Pine novels (Halo in Blood, Halo for Satan, Halo in Brass and the stone cold P.I. classic The Taste of Ashes), the one short story and The Paper Gun, the last, uncompleted novel. Just an essential collection, too long out of print. Significant.
Mahannah, Floyd, The Broken Angel/Backfire and Other Stories (collection) | Buy this book Hard, fast tales (and a novel) by a pulp master.
Spillane, Mickey, The Last Stand (non-P.I.) | Buy this book|Kindle it! Spillane’s last novel, and an unpublished early discovered short story.
Spillane, Mickey, The Mike Hammer Collection Volume 4 (Mike Hammer) | Kindle it! The fourth omnibus presents the last four Hammer novels by Spillane: The Body Lovers, Survival… Zero, The Killing Man and Black Alley.
Various, Black Mask (Spring 2018) | Buy this book Latest edition of classic pulp mixes new stories and classic reprints, including ones by Frederic Nebel and Paul Ernst.
February 2018 Collections and Anthologies
Brewer, Richard, & Gary Phillips, eds., Culprits: The Heist Was Just the Beginning (non-P.I.; anthology) | Buy this book |Kindle it! Series of linked stories about a heist gone wrong, by Brett Battles, Gar Anthony Haywood, Zoê Sharp, Manuel Ramos, Jessica Kaye, Joe Clifford & David Corbett.