This one needs no introduction. Mickey Spillane introduced Mike Hammer to a waiting world in 1947 and literature hasn’t been the same since. This is the very first time this novel has been available as an unabridged audiobook, containing 100% of Spillane’s original fiery text. Available on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes.
My audiobook narration of Edward Anderson’s 1937 novel Thieves Like Us (Chicago Review Press) is now live. Anderson was a Depression-era author who wrote of the desperation of rural America during that period. Straight out of the time of John Dillinger and Baby Face Nelson, Thieves Like Us brims with richly-drawn, breathing characters and dialogue that rings true.
The novel was adapted for the screen as They Live By Night (1948), starring Farley Granger, Cathy O’Donnell, and Howard DaSilva, and has become an undisputed film noir classic. It was later remade in the 1970s by Robert Altman under its original title. Altman, however, failed to grasp the essence of film noir, focusing instead on the cars and clothes of the 1930s.
Check out the audio sample above. Then go to Audible and buy it!! It’s a terrific novel.
CAUTION: there are two audio versions of this book out, so make sure you get mine, the one with THIS COVER!
I’m very pleased to announce my audiobook narration of Lawrence Block’s The Girl With The Deep Blue Eyes (Recorded Books, 2015) has gone live.
This is a brand new novel by Block, aka the master of crime fiction, who got the idea to write it in a taxi on his way to the airport. He wanted to write something that hearkened back to the pulp novels of the 1950s (which, coincidentally is exactly when he broke into the business), and he certainly succeeded.
This one is as noir as it gets. Sexy, steamy, dripping with betrayal and murder, the story is set in rural Florida, where few outsiders ever go. If you like it, go to Amazon, Audible, or iTunes and buy it!
Chalk Line Books has done it again. They’ve released another hardboiled classic so that today’s readers and listeners may enjoy it, and they selected me to narrate it. This time, it’s A Bad Woman by James M Cain. It was formerly known as A Sinful Woman, but for some reason, the publisher changed the title.
Cain was the author of such iconic noir masterpieces as Double Indemnity and Mildred Pierce, and very few authors could effectively mix sex, jealousy, and murder as well as he could.
The story is set in 1940s Reno, Nevada, then known as America’s divorce capital. Film star Sylvia Shoreham is wowing the dusty gambling town and is hell-bent on divorcing her conniving user of a husband, a foreigner with a slick tongue and a heavy accent. But he has other ideas.
This unabridged audiobook is now available on Audible.com.