Hard Case Crime, a premier mystery-crime publisher which has been published and distributed by Dorchester Publishing (see my previous post) is making a move.
Posted today at the Subterranean Press site:
“We’re pleased to announce that we’ve just reached agreement to publish an exclusive Hard Case Crime volume, which will also be the first in the series to debut in hardcover. Volume #69 will resurrect a pair of early Lawrence Block novels: 69 Barrow Street and Strange Embrace, bound back to back in the classic “doubles” format, featuring brand-new art by Robert McGinnis. You can look for more details, including ordering info, later this year, with a projected publication date in the first half of 2011.”
While I see this as good news, it’s limited good news. There is so far no indication who will be publishing the regular paperback line of Hard Case books. Also, while it is good to know a new book is on the way, hardcovers cost a good deal more than paperbacks, and Subterranean’s books, while of high quality, are not inexpensive. I’m still hoping that Hard Case, and other mystery and western mass market lines which appear to be headed for extinction at Dorchester Publishing will find another home.