Arnold Hano was born in New York in 1922. His first job was as a copy boy at the New York Daily News in 1941. The next year he enlisted in the Army and served in the Pacific until 1946. After the war, Hano became managing editor at Bantam, then editor-in-chief of Lion Books, where he worked to develop authors like Jim Thompson and David Goodis.
He has taught writing at the University of Southern California, Pitzer College, and the University of California, Irvine. He has also enjoyed a career as a freelance novelist and sportswriter, authoring many books on baseball, including the classic, A Day in the Bleachers. In 1955, he moved with his wife Bonnie and their family to Laguna Beach, California, where they live today. And at age 90, he still writes a monthly column for an environmental organization.';

  • The Last Notch
  • 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." Black Gat #12. August 2017.
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  • 3 Steps to Hell: So I'm a Heel / Flint / The Big Out
  • 978-1-933586-50-2
  • Hano was the editor of Lion Books when Jim Thompson was just getting started. Hes written the definitive baseball memoir, A Day in the Bleachers. Here, published together for the first time under his own name, with a new introduction by the author, are three of his best novels, each a story of the tarnished hero--a blackmailer, a hired gunman and a disgraced baseball star. Hano writes hard and lean and pulls no punches. Includes a new introduction by Gary Phillips and an interview with the author by Dan Duling.