Battered, burned, and captured, the man who will call himself Earl Drake is looking for an escape route out of a hospital ward. That escape comes in the form of a Pakistani plastic surgeon.
After his partner in crime goes missing, bank robber “Chet Anderson” sets out to track down his share of the loot… and enact brutal revenge against whoever it was who dealt with his partner.
A grim vision of a United States divided at the Mississippi River into two halves: one ruled by military martial law, the other a be-plagued nuclear and biological wasteland.
After her family is murdered by Comanche, a frontier-woman straps on her pistol, grabs a carbine, and rides long and hard in her blood-bound quest of vengeance.
Independent gunsel wants to be left out of big-city political schemes. One side decides he’s a threat; when their hit fails, gunman decides to take over the local underworld.
Broke and broken ex-football star is enticed by a plot to find $120,000; all he has to do is sneak into a dead man’s mansion and find the hidden cash. Easier said than done.
Scientist Kelvin arrives at his research station to find things amiss: the sentient ocean he’s to study is sending human simulacra dredged from the scientists’ memories.
Drunken vagrant and ex-detective Matt Cordell agrees to help an acquaintance solve some petty theft. They stumble upon murder. Looks like Cordell’s got a job to do.
This was the most depressing Hard Case Crime, the Hard Case with the least crime in it, and one of the most palpably realistic and pitiable novels I’ve ever written. All I could do was keep reading, like an animal entranced by a car’s headlights, until the bitter end. It’s not a book I could recommend for everyone, but it is a hauntingly beautiful read.