HARD CASE CRIME to Publish New Lawrence Block Novel in September
Hard Case Crime has announced they, along with Titan Books, will be publishing a new Lawrence Block novel in September. THE GIRL WITH THE DEEP BLUE EYES tells the story of a former New York police officer, now working as a private eye in Florida, who gets drawn into the web of a local wife who’s looking for a hit man to help her become a widow. Block has described the book as “a down-and-dirty noir thriller, characterized by my Hollywood agent as ‘James M. Cain on Viagra.’ ”
The novel is Block’s eleventh with Hard Case Crime. The previous ten include Hard Case Crime’s very first book, GRIFTER’S GAME; the erotic suspense novel GETTING OFF; the bestselling movie tie-in edition of A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES; and the classic noir con-man novel THE GIRL WITH THE LONG GREEN HEART. For more than a decade, Block has consistently been one of Hard Case Crime’s most popular authors, in addition to being perhaps the most highly decorated crime writer alive.
Among many other honors, Block has won the Edgar Allan Poe Award multiple times and was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, the organization’s highest recognition (previous Grand Masters have included Agatha Christie, Graham Greene, Alfred Hitchcock, Stephen King, and James M. Cain).
“Lawrence Block is, hands down, my favorite crime writer, and it is a privilege to publish his new novel,” said Hard Case Crime editor Charles Ardai. “This is a dark, violent, steamy, disturbing story about a pair of characters who will haunt you long after the book ends.”
Over the last 11 years, Hard Case has published original novels from the likes of Stephen King, Ken Bruen, Max Allen Collins and Christa Faust, as well as reissues for Erle Stanley Gardner, Donald Westlake, Ed McBain and Michael Cricthon.