Sunday, June 24, 2007

Damn, That's Hot

I love pulp mysteries. I'm not sure why. My father is of the generation that "grew up" on these - but he doesn't read fiction. Although, we did spend a lot of quality Daddy-Daughter time when I was a kid watching Perry Mason TV movies. Maybe that's where I get it?

I love everything about pulp - the tough guy characters, the femme fatales, the noir atmosphere, the cover art, just the whole style that goes with them.

But as much as I love them, there ain't a whole lot of pulp out there featuring female protagonists or written by women. No more! Those wonderful folks over at Hard Case Crime (very awesome, check 'em out) are publishing Christa Faust's Money Shot in February 2008. She will be the first woman that the line has published - so kudos to you girlfriend!

They thought she'd be easy. They thought wrong.

It all began with the phone call asking former porn star Angel Dare to do one more movie. Before she knew it, she’d been shot and left for dead in the trunk of a car. But Angel is a survivor. And that means she’ll get to the bottom of what’s been done to her even if she has to leave a trail of bodies along the way...

Damn, that's hot. Seriously I'd be preordering this bad girl today if Amazon had it listed (which they don't yet - bastards!). I haven't been this happy since I discovered cheesecake. I can so not wait until February!


Ana T. said...

I'm not familiar with Pulp mysteries but I just loved Perry Mason's Tv series and books. Maybe I should check this one out ;-)

Wendy said...

"Pulp" was the term assigned to cheaply produced mass market paperback fiction from 1950s & 1960s (although the genre dates back farther). Basically those books that have a more "lurid" element - sex, drugs, violence, basically all the good stuff :)

The most famous pulp mystery writers are Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Mickey Spillane and Erle Stanley Gardner (although ESG isn't quite as "lurid" IMHO). Lawrence Block practically built his early career on the pulps, and writers like Stephen King have a deep affection for them.

I like "tough guy" characters, and my only gripe about this genre is that the women tend to be relegated to damsels in distress or femme fatales - never a heroine. So I'm very excited about this book!

Rosie said...

This does sound veddy, veddy, interesting! So it goes on the list. Of course by Feb 2008 I'll be trying to remember what it is. But you'll help me won't you?

Ana T. said...

Thanks for explaining Wendy, I've also read a few of Hammet's and Chandler's books a few years back. I'll put this one on the wish list :-)

After I posted I thought maybe this was connected with the movie Pulp Fiction but since I'm probably one of the few people in the world who hasn't seen it I wasn't too sure. Thank you!