Today in The Rap Sheet’s spin-off blog, Killer Covers, J. Kingston Pierce chats with Charles Ardai, publisher of Hard Case Crime, an outfit that has been publishing interesting — and well covered — books ever since it debuted five years ago.
Though Pierce and Ardai have chatted before, this time out their conversation stems from yet another bit of innovative publishing: one of Hard Case’s newest titles, Russell Atwood’s Losers Live Longer, sports the Robert McGinnis-illustrated horizontal cover shown above. Says Pierce:
I couldn’t fail to feature on this page the cover of Russell Atwood’s paperback novel, Losers Live Longer. Not only is Losers the brand-new follow-up to East of A (2000), the “tough little shaggy dog tale” that introduced New York City private eye Payton Sherwood and launched the authorial career of Atwood, a former managing editor of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine; but the book boasts a jacket illustrated by the renowned American artist Robert McGinnis — and a horizontal jacket, to boot.
Pierce and Ardai’s conversation can be found here.