If your bookstore is like mine, you should be able to find a stand filled with these Hard Case Crime books. They are hard to miss and even harder to ignore. The covers are simply gorgeous. Everything retro is all the rage nowadays so I’m not surprised that this genre is being given a new lease on life.
Mystery didn’t really go away or had become less popular. What is being revived here is the gritty, harsh prose and the cover art worthy of a showing in an Art Gallery.
They are sold in mass market paperback format, trade paperbacks and the rare hardbacks. The last format, though, is scary expensive. I found one which I now regret ever buying. I opted to pick up the trade paperbacks because mass market is just not something I buy (personal preference – they look crap on my bookshelves. I’m anal, I know this.).
The authors who have signed up on this venture are quite an intimidating bunch and whose works are, admittedly, something I’m not familiar with. The more obvious of all is Stephen King
. I’ve never really given his books a first glance. I just know that it’s beyond my feeble mind. Michael Crichton as well and Lawrence Block. Right now, I’m in the middle of reading Choke Hold by Christa Faust
. It’s a story about an ex-porn actress who got saddled with the son of an ex when he got shot in the diner where she was a waitress. Without writing too much about it, let’s just say there had been shootings, gore, and deaths within the first two chapters. It’s freaking awesome and not at all the kind of books I’m used to reading.
I’ve found myself drawn to the covers of these books. I must admit that I was a little apprehensive. I’m not much of a crime/thriller reader so I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to read one, much less the eight that I’ve managed to collect in the last few weeks. Lo and behold, I’m actually enjoying them. They are fast reads. From what I’ve noticed so far is that the authors are more interested in telling you the nitty gritty than going by the descriptive route.
Anyway, feast your eyes on these covers.