Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Black Gat Books: Three New Titles

There are three new titles now available from the Stark House imprint Black Gat Books. If you’re not familiar with Black Gat, you’re in for a treat. It is a mass market line dedicated to reprinting great crime novels of the past. Stark House’s website identifies Black Gat’s mission statement—

“This is a single-title line of books, uniformly priced at $9.99, offering additional reprint titles from past masters of mystery fiction. Each book will be numbered. Some will have new introductions, some will not.”

The three new titles available now are:

No. 6Felony Tank by Maclolm Braly. This one was originally published in 1961 by Gold Medal. It is a prison tale from an author who knew what prison was like.

Publisher’s description: “Seventeen-year-old Doug is in the wrong place at the wrong time and ends up in jail. What happens next could only have been written by the author of It’s Cold Out There.”

No. 7The Girl on the Best Seller List by Vin Packer. This one was originally published in 1960 by Gold Medal. Vin Packer was one of Gold Medal’s great writers and her, Marijane Meaker, work is underappreciated.

Publisher’s description: “They all had a reason to hate Gloria Whealdon after she exposed their lives in her bestselling novel—but only one had a reason to kill.”

No. 8She Got What She Wanted by Orrie Hitt. This one was originally published in 1954 by pure sleaze publisher Beacon Books. Orrie Hitt’s work is something more (much more) than average and his work has had a resurgence over the last several years.  

Publisher’s description: “Della Banners was born into poverty. It had been a hard life up in the hills. But she discovered early that a girl with her figure could get things from men. So when she ran away to the city, she was ready to try anything.”

The Black Gat titles are available directly from the publisher, and most online bookstores. If you click on the above titles you will be whisked to the Amazon page for each.


Prashant C. Trikannad said...

Never read these writers, Ben, but they sound stark and good to read.

Ben Boulden said...

Prashant, I've read Vin Packer and Orrie Hitt, but never these two titles. As for Malcolm Braly, I've never read his work, but several top-notch critics say his work is great. I've read that he spent most of his early-adult life in prison before becoming a novelist - Gold Medal gave him a book contract.