Paperback Jack (Hardcover)

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Paperback Jack is a brand new historical thriller from Grand Master Loren D. Estleman: lurid paperback covers promised sex and danger, but what went on behind the scenes was nearly as spicy as the adventures between the covers.

1946. Fresh from the War in Europe, hack writer Jacob Heppleman discovers a changed world back home. The pulp magazines he used to write for are dying, replaced by a revolutionary new publishing racket: paperback novels, offering cheap excitement for the common man and woman. Although scorned by the critics, the tawdry drugstore novels sell like hotcakes – or so Jacob is assured by the enterprising head of Blue Devil Books, a pioneer in paperback publishing, known for its two-fisted heroes and underclad cover girls.

As “Jack Holly,” Jacob finds success as the author of scandalously bestselling crime novels. He prides himself on the authenticity of his work, however, which means picking the brains of some less than reputable characters, including an Irish gangster who wants a cut of the profits – or else. Meanwhile, as Hollywood comes calling, the entire industry also comes under fire from censorious politicians out to tame the paperback jungle in the name of public morality.

Targeted by both Congress and the Mob, Jay may end up the victim of his own success – unless he can write his way to a happier ending.

About the Author

Loren D. Estleman is the author of more than eighty novels, including the Amos Walker, Page Murdock, and Peter Macklin series. The winner of four Shamus Awards, five Spur Awards, and three Western Heritage Awards, he lives in Central Michigan with his wife, author Deborah Morgan.

Praise For…

"Estleman crams a sweeping historical epic into a novel of utmost brevity.... I admired — as I always have — Estleman’s ability to chisel every page, every sentence, down to the bone." —The New York Times

"Estleman keeps the pages turning and makes Heppleman a fully realized creation. This evocative tale of a seminal era in American book publishing showcases the author’s versatility." —Publishers Weekly

"Estleman, who got his own start writing paperbacks, peppers the action with delicious period ambience (dive bars where 'sots blubbered in their Schlitz') and a wealth of scrumptious detail on the salad days of drugstore paperbacks."—Booklist

Praise for Loren D. Estleman:
“His dialogue rivals that of the late Elmore Leonard.” —Booklist

“Estleman is the Stravinsky of hard-boiled prose--he never hits a wrong note.” —John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author

“…a true professional, a writer of a sort increasingly given to his work as to spontaneously combust to genius.” —The Boston Globe

“Loren D. Estleman is my hero.” —Harlan Coben

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250827319
ISBN-10: 1250827310
Publisher: Forge Books
Publication Date: November 15th, 2022
Pages: 240
Language: English