Hard-Boiled Christmas Stories


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Edited by John Wooley and John McMahan

Gats, gals, gangsters, good guys, and even a little gore enliven the holidays in this top-shelf collection of nine great tales of Yuletide homicide from the golden days of the pulp magazines – plus the first new Dan Turner, Hollywood Detective story in more than 60 years, written by John Wooley, scripter of the 1990 made-for-TV movie featuring Marc Singer as the famed Tinseltown snoop. Ripped from the mouldering pages of the thrill-a-minute magazines of the 1930s and ’40s, these fast-paced and thoroughly entertaining tales were penned by such great names of yesteryear as Steve Fisher, author of I Wake up Screaming; Zorro creator Johnston McCulley; and D. L. Champion, who contributes a story featuring one of the wildest detective characters ever: Inspector Allhoff, the sullen, legless coffee drunkard known for mercilessly browbeating his subordinates – and he’s the hero! Featuring an evocative cover from noted artist David Saunders, Hard-Boiled Christmas Stories collects the best holiday-themed tough-guy yarns of a bygone era, adds a brand-new one written in the same style and spirit, and offers it all up as an offbeat and unforgettable entertainment package, suitable for slipping under any adventurous reader’s Christmas tree.

Features a new story of Dan Turner – Hollywood Detective by John Wooley…writing in the style of Robert Leslie Bellem.

Big Mike’s Christmas Carol by John K. Butler
If Christmas Comes by Steve Fisher
Crooked Charity by Henry Leverage
Big City Christmas by Lt. John Hopper
A Broadway Christmas Carol by Jack Kofoed
A Corpse For Christmas by D.L. Champion
Nothing For Christmas by John Lawrence
Quiet Christmas Morning by Johnston McCulley
Murder on Santa Claus Lane by William G. Bogart

Product Details

  • Paperback: 158 pages
  • Publisher: Reverse Karma Press (October 28, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988563703
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988563704
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13 ounces

Additional information

Weight .8125 lbs
Dimensions 10 × 7 × .4 in