Monday, July 22, 2013


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
  • 978-1-933586-61-8
  • 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


Anonymous said...

Ed, I got my copy in the mail today and started reading right there at the mailbox.
It's a great addition to my shelf of books about crime etc. fiction, and I think Mr. Ritt deserves a round of applause for doing the work.
Can't wait to dive in!

Sergio (Tipping My Fedora) said...

This sounds fantastic - thanks Ed. Greg and his friends at Stark are putting out some great stuff.

Ron Clinton said...

Ordered my copy a few days ago...can't wait to get started on it.

Jed Power said...

I hope this is as good as it sounds because it sounds very good.
I'll order today.