BLACK GAT BOOKS
Stark House Press presents a new line of mass market books — BLACK GAT BOOKS. This is a single-title line of books, uniformly priced at $9.99, offering additional reprint titles from past masters of mystery fiction. Each book will be numbered. Some will have new introductions, some will not. We introduce BLACK GAT with Harry Whittington, Charlie Stella and Leigh Brackett. More titles will follow each Spring and Fall. Welcome to the new face of vintage mystery — BLACK GAT BOOKS.



$9.99
  • Dead Wrong
  • 978-1-951473-03-7
  • Everyone thinks that Malone had something to do with Harry's death and his missing "gift" so it's up to him to find this gift before the real killer finds him. April 2020. June 2020. Black Gat #26.



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  • Two Names for Death
  • 978-1-951473-01-3
  • "Simply and subtly written, with knowable characters and plausibly complex motivations."–Anthony Boucher. "Fenwick's novels are all beautifully plotted in human intimacy."– Carol Cleveland, Twentieth-Century Crime and Mystery Writers. Black Gat #25. April 2020.



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  • Tears are for Angels by Paul Connolly
  • 978-1-944520-92-2
  • "This a great book written by an author with clear literary aspirations and an ability to craft a plot utilizing prose far exceeding most of the era's noir stories... a lost classic."—Paperback Warrior. February 2020. Black Gat #24.

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  • My Old Man's Badge by Ferguson Findley
  • 978-1-944520-87-8
  • A fanatical killer vows to get even for an old grudge by killing another cop — the Manhattan police department sets out to get him first. "Tough stuff, rough stuff... Tense and terrific!" ‐Ernest Dudley. December 2019. Black Gat #23.

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  • Living End by Frank Kane
  • 978-1-944520-84-7
  • "A story about the music business and how payola was a factor in the 1950's…blending history and taking an issue like this shows that Kane was more than a mystery writer." —Rick Holman, Pulp Fiction Review. October 2019. Black Gat #22.

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  • Stool Pigeon by Louis Malley
  • 978-1-944520-81-6
  • A dark tale of New York gangsters in Little Italy and the revengeful cop who plans to bring down an old nemesis. "Every page of Stool Pigeon feels real and true."—Elgin Bleecker, The Dark Time. August 2019. Black Gat #21.

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  • Madball by Fredric Brown
  • 978-1-944520-74-8
  • "A terrific pulp novel that is filled with energy and excitement from cover to cover [filled] with all manner of thieves, murderers, strippers, carnival barkers, knife throwers, drifters, fortune tellers, and others…all linked by greed."–GoodReads. June 2019. Black Gat #20.

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  • The Hoods Take Over by Ovid Demaris
  • 978-1-944520-73-1
  • "A powerful novel of big-time rackets, of gang wars and their victims, of ice-picks and bombs." ‐Pensacola News Journal. "Whoever said crime doesn&apost pay has never spoken to Ovid Demaris."‐New York Times. April 2019. Black Gat #19.



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  • Frantic by Noël Calef
  • 978-1-944520-66-3
  • A French crime thriller from 1956 filmed by Louis Malle as Elevator to the Gallows. "A truly noir crime book, perverse and scathing."—Agnieszka. February 2019. Black Gat #18.



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  • End of the Line by Bert and Dolores Hitchens
  • 978-1-944520-57-1
  • "Hitchens had a good ear and a dead-on eye for the various charades played by the human animals. She also wrote a series of railroad mysteries with her husband Bert."—Ed Gorman, Deadly Women. November 2018. Black Gat #17.

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  • You'll Get Yours by William Ard
  • 978-1-944520-54-0
  • "Brooklyn-born Ard was one of the unjustly forgotten hard-boiled writers of the fifties. His career burned bright but fast … but in that time he managed to create several intriguing New York private eyes."—Thrilling Detective. August 2018. Black Gat #16.

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  • Frenzy of Evil by Henry Kane
  • 978-1-944520-53-3
  • A twisted tale of male menopausal murder when a sadistic lawyer decides to get rid of his young wife's new lover. "Kane has an unnerving hyper-real way of writing dialogue … reminded me of David Mamet's terse, realistic dialogue in his early plays."—J. F. Norris, Pretty Sinister Books. May 2018. Black Gat #15.

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  • The Men From the Boys by Ed Lacy
  • 978-1-944520-46-5
  • An ex-cop hits the skids when he takes a job as a seedy house dick. "It is a vivid, hard-hitting police story—with no punches pulled."—Will Ousler. February 2018. Black Gat #14.

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  • Never Say No to a Killer by Clifton Adams
  • 978-1-944520-36-6
  • "A homicidal first-person thriller reminiscent of Horace McCoy's jailbreak classic, Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye … relentlessly vicious." —Cullen Gallagher, "The Desert, The Prairie, and The Gutter." November 2017. Black Gat #13.



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  • The Last Notch by Arnold Hano
  • 978-1-944520-31-1
  • A vintage noir western from the maverick editor of Lion Books, written as by "Matthew Gant," and published here for the first time under the author's name. Introduction by David Laurence Wilson, who calls Hano both "challenging and subversive." August 2017. Black Gat #12.

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  • The Affair of Lady Westcott's Lost Ruby / The Case of the Unseen Assassin by Gary Lovisi
  • 978-1-944520-22-9
  • Two new thrilling Sherlock Holmes adventures featuring Inspector Alec MacDonald, affectionately nicknamed by Holmes as Mr. Mac. "Mr. Lovisi is one of the top 5 authors who write new Holmes stories."—David Chack. May 2017. Black Gat #11.



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  • Angel's Flight by Lue Cameron
  • 978-1-944520-18-2
  • A crazy ruthless story of the music business told from the inside, from swing jazz to bebop to rock & roll. "Sings loud and true with terrific characters, real heart and is a joy to re … a noir masterpiece." —Gary Lovisi, Paperback Parade. February 2017. Black Gat #10.

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  • Woman on the Roof by Helen Nielsen
  • 978-1-944520-13-7
  • "Best whodunit of the year."—Springfield News and Leader. "Among the best mysteries of the year."—Mystery Writers of America. November 2016. Black Gat #9.

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  • She Got What She Wanted by Orrie Hitt
  • 978-1-944520-04-5
  • "This is a fine novel, sleaze paperback or literary, [on] how difficult it was for a woman not to have to resort to using her body and sexuality to get ahead in life." —Michael Hemmingson, Those Sexy Vintage Sleaze Books. August 2016. Black Gat #8.

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  • The Girl on the Bestseller List by Vin Packer
  • 978-1-933586-98-4
  • They all had a reason to hate Gloria Whealdon after she exposed their lives in her bestselling novel—but only one had a reason to kill. "I've read a number of Vin Packer's books, and this one remains a favorite." —Bill Crider's Pop Culture Magazine. May 2016. Black Gat #7.



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  • Felony Tank by Malcolm Braly
  • 978-1-933586-91-5
  • Seventeen-year-old Doug is in the wrong place at the wrong time and ends up in jail. What happens next could only have been written by the author of It's Cold Out There. February 2016. Black Gat #6.



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  • Only the Wicked by Gary Phillips
  • 978-1-933586-93-9
  • The fourth Ivan Monk mystery, never before published in paperback. A tense Los Angeles thriller with roots in the Deep South. Author Sara Paretsky calls Phillips "my kind of crime writer and Ivan Monk is my kind of detective." November 2015. Black Gat #5.



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  • The Persian Cat by John Flagg
  • 978-1933586-90-8
  • A post-World War II thriller set in Teheran featuring cynical agent Gil Denby. His mission: bring a beautiful traitor to justice. His odds: slim. August 2015. Black Gat #4.

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  • Stranger at Home by Leigh Brackett
  • 978-1-933586-78-6
  • Originally published as by the actor George Sanders, this domestic mystery by sf author Leigh Brackett is the story of a rich heel who comes back to get even with those who thought they had left him for dead. May 2015. Black Gat #3.



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  • Eddie's World by Charlie Stella
  • 978-1-933586-76-2
  • Charlie Stella's first great crime novel, back in print and available in paperback for the first time! Eddie Senta is suffering a mid-life crisis and decides to get involved in a heist. Everything that can go wrong, does. May 2015. Black Gat #2.

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  • A Haven for the Damned by Harry Whittington
  • 978-1-933586-75-5
  • A group of eight people all converge on a small ghost town on the outskirts of the Mexican border, each with their own demons and dilemmas. They all want something they've lost: freedom, a lost wife, their youth. Not all of them will leave alive. May 2015. Black Gat #1.

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