Retropulp Covers: Crime

If you haven’t seen my previous post on horror covers, check it out here. Again, I’m not reviewing these books, just pointing out their fantastic cover art.

Bury Me Deep by Megan Abbott

In October 1931, a station agent found two large trunks abandoned in Los Angeles’s Southern Pacific Station. What he found inside ignited one of the most scandalous tabloid sensations of the decade.

Inspired by this notorious true crime, Edgar®-winning author Megan Abbott’s novel Bury Me Deep is the story of Marion Seeley, a young woman abandoned in Phoenix by her doctor husband. At the medical clinic where she finds a job, Marion becomes fast friends with Louise, a vivacious nurse, and her roommate, Ginny, a tubercular blonde. Before long, the demure Marion is swept up in the exuberant life of the girls, who supplement their scant income by entertaining the town’s most powerful men with wild parties. At one of these events, Marion meets—and falls hard for—the charming Joe Lanigan, a local rogue and politician on the rise, whose ties to all three women bring events to a dangerous collision.

A story born of Jazz Age decadence and Depression-era desperation, Bury Me Deep—with its hothouse of jealousy, illicit sex and shifting loyalties—is a timeless portrait of the dark side of desire and the glimmer of redemption.

Easy Death by Daniel Boyd

’TWAS THE WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS…
…and two robbers hired by a local crime boss manage to heist half a million dollars from an armored car.  But getting the money and getting away with it are two different things, especially with a blizzard coming down, the cops in hot pursuit, and a double-crossing gambler and a murderous park ranger threatening to turn this white Christmas blood red.

 

 

 

Naked Friends by Justin Grimbol

People call him Boner. Boner PI. This is the story of his first case. A local misfit is being harassed and threatened by strange men. Boner has been hired to investigate. It seems straightforward enough but he gets caught up in a whirlwind of booze, fancy minivans, death, and ass grabbing. It all becomes overwhelming and Boner wants to quit just like he has all his other jobs. But he can’t. The job has gotten into him and it can’t be purged.

 

 

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Shaft’s Revenge by David F. Walker

Like an unstoppable force of nature, private detective John Shaft is back with a vengeance. Ernest Tidyman’s iconic detective returns in the first original Shaft novel in more than forty years, and he’s as bad as ever. When the Godfather of crime in Harlem reaches out to Shaft for a favor, the hardboiled detective finds himself caught in a web of violence and murder. No one is safe as the bullets start to fly and the bodies start to drop, leaving Shaft with only two options: kill or be killed.

From the writer of the award-winning graphic novel Shaft: A Complicated Man, comes the critically acclaimed return of the black private dick that’s a sex machine with all the chicks. It’s a two-fisted tale of revenge as Shaft cuts a bloody path through city, settling old scores and faces the demons of his past.

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