Thursday, March 30, 2017

Hard Case Crime night at tonight's Just Desserts meeting!

Mystery Fans!

Don't miss tonight's meeting of the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group, at the South Branch Library, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Although the group traditionally all reads the same book for group discussion, tonight's meeting is a bit of an exception.

Instead of all group members reading the same book, or the same author, we’re all going to be reading the same publisher Hard Case Crime.

Hard Case Crime is an American publisher of noir and hard-boiled detective stories, founded in 2004 by Charles Ardai and Max Phillips. Over the past 13 years, this imprint has published close to 150 different novels, some in hardback but most in paperback or trade paperback. Some of their titles are reprints of classic older works, while others are brand-new titles in the classic Noir or Hard-Boiled style, by authors both obscure and highly recognizable (Lawrence Block, Stephen King, Ed McBain, Max Allan Collins, Mickey Spillane, Michael Crichton, just to name a few.).

Much like our “Series Share” months, everyone in attendance will be given a couple of minutes to share a description of which novel they read, and what they thought about it — “thumbs up or thumbs down”. This Just Desserts meeting will be recorded on audio for release as part of the libraries’ audio Podcast series.

You need not have read a Hard Case Crime novel to join us -- we're always happy to have guests sit in to learn about new authors and titles, and to pick up some great reading recommendations. And the "Just Desserts" theme includes a selection of actual desserts for attendees to enjoy as well!

Here’s the Wikipedia article on Hard Case Crime, including a complete list of their published novels

Official Hard Case Crime website

Here’s a link to all the Hard Case Crime novels in the Lincoln City Libraries’ collection!

Handout/Checklist for Hard Case Crime

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