Fifty-to-One

Fifty-to-One

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by Charles Ardai
     
 

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CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF HARD CASE CRIME!

Okay, not really. But what if, instead of having been founded 50 books ago, Hard Case Crime had been founded 50 years ago, by a rascal out to make a quick buck off the popularity of pulp fiction? Such a fellow might make a few enemies – especially after publishing a supposed non-fiction account of a heist

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CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF HARD CASE CRIME!

Okay, not really. But what if, instead of having been founded 50 books ago, Hard Case Crime had been founded 50 years ago, by a rascal out to make a quick buck off the popularity of pulp fiction? Such a fellow might make a few enemies – especially after publishing a supposed non-fiction account of a heist at a Mob-run nightclub, actually penned by an 18-year-old showgirl. With both the cops and the crooks after them, our heroes are about to learn that reading and writing pulp novels is a lot more fun than living them...

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Publishers Weekly

High-speed action and nonstop thrills highlight the 50th novel from Hard Case Crime, penned by publisher and Edgar-winning writer Ardai (The Good-Neighbor Policy). Smalltown girl Trixie becomes a dancer in a New York nightclub in the 1950s and decides to write about the dirty side of the business. When her tell-all becomes a sensation, mob boss Sal Nicolazzo threatens the publisher, demanding to know who committed the heist chronicled in the book. Trixie's fiction is mirrored by fact, and $3 million of mobster money is missing. With time running out and lives on the line, Trixie races to discover the truth. Ardai sets an impressive standard for the new wave of pulp crime fiction. With good girls, bad girls, mob kings and grifters, suspense is guaranteed, though astute readers may see through the twists. Breathless action and entertaining characters make this a page-turner from start to finish. (Nov.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780843959680
Publisher:
Dorchester Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
11/25/2008
Series:
Hard Case Crime
Pages:
333
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Charles Ardai is the founder and editor of Hard Case Crime and the Edgar Award-winning author of the acclaimed novels Little Girl Lost and Songs of Innocence.

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Fifty-to-One 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
John_Veritas More than 1 year ago
This is the 50th work in a series where a different author writes each book. Each chapter has a title of one of the books in the series (in the order of publication). If you like pulp crime/mystery novels, this one is right up your alley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book leaves me without an opinion. Thats neither good or bad. From the begining i was hooked, wondering who is this girl and where is she going? Then as each page turned i wondered what kind of trouble she could possibly be getting into, being as though this is a crime novel. But the more i kept reading, the longer the emotional roller coaster ride i was on continued.there was a point in the book (which took long to get to) that i felt this book was getting better. There was action, car chases, mobsters, two faced criminals, murder, gun fights, sex, you name and it was there. All that seemed to interest me, however got lost somewhere and was nowhere to be found. I mean the action was still there, but my interest wasnt. And thats more so because it got really slow, went in circles forever, and a bunch of things that made no sense happened. All of that plus an ending that could have been better. I knew who stole the money all along. Why couldnt she have thought of that? Then i wouldnt have wasted my time thinking the book would have some kind of twist to make up for what it lacked, sense. Other than that it was ok to kill time reading it. I think it could have been better. -ITSLIKEDIS
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So this is pulp fiction. It's a quick read that doesn't make a lot of sense but is kind of fun.
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Could someone who has actually read the book write a book review? It would be appreciated!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sounds pointless, no one that has an awesome NOOKcolor is gonna get a book from the 1950s! Why isnt there "Free Fridays" anymore!?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
is this hardy boys?