A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.
The latest rediscovery in the enterprising Hard Case series that resurrects forgotten pulp classics, often by big name authors, or new titles in the tradition by contemporary writers, always with suitably garish and nostalgic covers suitably aligned to the gaudy subject matter. McBain is, of course, best known for his immense 87th Precinct series of police procedurals but he also made his apprenticeship in the pulps, and this novel, initially published almost 50 years back under his Richard Marsten pen name, is a breezy read with just the right amount of sensationalism, femmes fatales, noir tropes and adrenaline-fuelled action, is a perfect beach read (if you don't mind askew glances at to the cover...). Drugs, a terribly flawed main character with a a weighty sense of doom, jazz, melodrama, murdered vamps, razor-sharp dialogue, all the ingredients fit into perfect place. A guilty pleasure. ~ Maxim Jakubowski
He'd been a promising piano prodigy, once. Now he was just an addict, scraping to get by, letting his hunger for drugs consume him. But a man's life can always get worse - as Ray Stone discovers when he wakes up beside a beautiful nightclub singer only to find her dead...and 16 ounces of pure heroin missing.
|Publication date:||17th July 2015|
|Publisher:||Titan Books Ltd|
|Primary Genre||Thriller and Suspense|
Ed McBain was born in New York City. Married Anita Melnick, 1949 (divorced), 3 children (Ted, Mark, Richard); married Mary Vann Finley, 1973 (divorced), 1 stepdaughter (Amanda); married Dragica Dimitrijevic, 1997. During World War II he served in the US Navy, and then took a university degree, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. A few months of teaching in high school were followed by a job in a literary agency in New York. He describes himself at this time as "fiercely ambitious", doing a full day’s work in the agency and spending all his nights and weekends writing. His first success, published under the name ...More About Ed McBain