Quarry’s Ex / Max Allan Collins
March 19, 2012 § 1 Comment
Eight years ago I discovered Hard Case Crime. Walked into Wal-Mart and was dumbfounded by the cover art of a couple paperbacks: Grifter’s Game by Lawrence Block and Fade to Blonde by Max Phillips. Apparently they had found a wormhole in the space-time continuum where they clearly had been sitting on some 1950’s spinner rack in some sad five and dime store but had magically wound up in the year 2004.
Here we are some 70 books later and, aside from a distribution hiccup and a slow down in monthly publication, HCC is still feeding us pulpy goodness. I own every book. Even the mediocre ones are worth having for the cover art alone. Thematic genius is one of co-creator, Charles Ardai’s, most valuable traits. I wish more publishing start ups would take his lead and create something equally as awesome, to fill the vacuum of my soul that demands more more more.
Quarry’s Ex is the fourth Quarry title published by HCC. It follows a hit-man who now, instead of fulfilling contracts, offers the intended victims the chance to utilize Quarry’s unique gifts by taking care of the person(s) who want to take care of them. The hunter becomes the hunted. Max Allan Collins continues to flesh out his Quarry creation by adding details and insight into the man who kills without compassion, yet, certainly has a soft side amidst his matter-of-fact murders.