Ed here: I wanted this book to be fourteen hundred pages long. I'm just hoping there are numerous other volumes to come because this is some of the finest non-fiction about the history of hardboiled fiction ever published. Every page contains a gem. Order this immediately and make sure to insist that the Pope makes Brian Ritt a saint right now!
Brian Ritt has written about vintage paperbacks for Paperback Parade, The Paperback Fanatic, and contributed an introduction to Stark House's Orrie Hitt omnibus.
- Paperback Confidential
- 128 profiles of the men and women who wrote the books that became the backbone of the Pulp and Paperback Era from the 1930s through the 1960s. Here you will find information on the acknowledged masters like Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, James M. Cain and Cornell Woolrich... the rack mainstays like Gil Brewer, Brett Halliday, Day Keene, and Charles Williams... and the unjustly forgotten like Malcolm Braly, Elisabeth Sanxay Holding, Ennis Willie and Douglas Sanderson. Schedu