Hard Case Crime Revives Pete Hamill Crime Novel; Commemorates David Goodis

Most people know Pete Hamill as a journalist (he has been the editor-in-chief of both the New York Daily News and the New York Post, and has written for everyone from Playboy, Esquire, and Vanity Fair to The New Yorker and The New York Times). Or else they know him as a best-selling novelist and memoirist. But most people don't know that early in his career he was also a crime writer, penning three detective novels about a reporter named Sam Briscoe. The Guns of Heaven is the best of the Briscoe novels -- and even though it was written more than 20 years ago, it's remarkably timely, telling a story about a group of international terrorists conspiring to make a splash on the world stage by blowing up an iconic New York City building.

It's a beautifully written book, both exciting and heartbreaking, and Hard Case Crime is bringing it back into print after decades of being unavailable.

In other Hard Case Crime news, Glen Orbik has painted a gorgeous cover for the forthcoming David Goodis title, The Wounded and the Slain. In addition to the cover, you'll find a sample chapter from the book, which will be all the evidence you need of what an amazingly talented writer David Goodis was. It's unbelievable that this book has been unavailable for more than 50 years. This release commemorates the 40th anniversary of Goodis' death and the 90th anniversary of this great writer's work.

Finally, Hard Case will be publishing the first new book in more than 30 years by David Dodge, author of To Catch a Thief and Plunder of the Sun. The new book, The Last Match, is a sprawling international adventure about an incorrigible con man trying to escape the beautiful heiress who is out to reform him. If you squint, you can just about see Cary Grant and Grace Kelly in the parts (though at one point the book goes deep into Bogart territory).