Friday, December 22, 2017

Coming From Stark House: The Broken Angel/Backfire and Other Stories - Floyd Mahannah


From Stark House Press:

THE BROKEN ANGEL
Sara is a great secretary to Nevada newspaper editor Roy Holgren, and easy to fall for. But it's not until she disappears that Holgren realizes how little he knows about her. She leaves town abruptly with a note that and signs off, Now forget me quickly. A short-haired blond man had come around asking for her, and Holgren just knows she's in trouble. After a little investigating, he finds her in Lodi at a hospital, covered in bruises. Rescuing her, Holgren finds them a vacation cabin along the Sacramento Delta, and starts asking the questions he should have asked before. Sara had worked for a plastic surgeon, and was involved in the murder of the doctor's wife. Holgren knows he has to clear her before they can have a life together, but a murder charge is only the beginning to save Sara, Holgren is in for the ride of his life.


Original hardback edition of THE BROKEN ANGEL, Macrae-Smith, 1957

BACKFIRE & OTHER STORIES
The killer had dropped a match in the library as he ran through the house to jump into the Cadillac and follow me, but the fire was spotted in a matter of minutes by a passing motorist, and the fire department got there before the body was badly charred. An alert police officer who remembered my trial and threat two years ago was what had gotten the roadblocks up so fast. The cab driver's identification, and my fingerprints all around sewed the case up tight. I was guilty... Six hardboiled stories of revenge, robbery, murder and mayhem from the pages of Manhunt magazine!

I've read one novel and several short stories (all from Manhunt) by Floyd Mahannah, and they were all great. With an introduction by Bill Pronzini, to boot, this looks like a fine book. It'll be out next year and is available for pre-order now.

1 comment:

Keith West said...

Looks good. Thanks for the heads-up