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Charles Ardai's one-man noir-fiction publishing house recently celebrated the release of its 50th book, Fifty-to-One, written by the publisher himself. To mark the occasion, Ardai included in the book a full-color gallery of the all-original covers he's commissioned over the five years of Hard Case Crime's existence. Octogenarian artists and young illustrators alike have contributed their most lurid work to give the line its distinctive look, which revives the pulp-paperback style popularized by Gold Medal Books in the fifties. Herewith, all 50 covers (really 51, as book No. 42, an old-fashioned double-novel package, has a double cover).
Carl Rosen

1. Grifter's Game
By Lawrence Block (September 2004); cover painting by Chuck Pyle.

2. Fade to Blonde
By Max Phillips (September 2004); cover painting by Greg Manchess.

3. Top of the Heap
By Erle Stanley Gardner (October 2004); cover painting by Bill Nelson.

4. Little Girl Lost
By Richard Aleas (October 2004); cover painting by Robert McGinnis.

5. Two for the Money
By Max Allan Collins (November 2004); cover painting by Mark Texeira.

6. The Confession
By Domenic Stansberry (November 2004); cover painting by R.B. Farrell.

7. Home Is the Sailor
By Day Keene (March 2005); cover painting by R.B.Farrell and Greg Manchess.

8. Kiss Her Goodbye
By Allan Guthrie (March 2005); cover painting by Chuck Pyle.

9. 361
By Donald E. Westlake (May 2005); cover painting by R.B. Farrell.

10. Plunder of the Sun
By David Dodge (May 2005); cover painting by Robert McGinnis.

11. Branded Woman
By Wade Miller (July 2005); cover painting by Glen Orbik.

12. Dutch Uncle
By Peter Pavia (July 2005); cover painting by R.B. Farrell.

13. The Colorado Kid
By Stephen King (October 2005); cover painting by Glen Orbik.

14. The Girl With the Long Green Heart
By Lawrence Block (November 2005); cover painting by Robert McGinnis.

15. The Gutter and the Grave
By Ed McBain (December 2005); cover painting by R.B. Farrell.

16. Night Walker
By Donald Hamilton (January 2006); cover painting by Tim Gabor.

17. A Touch of Death
By Charles Williams (February 2006); cover painting by Chuck Pyle.

18. Say It With Bullets
By Richard Powell (March 2006); cover painting by Michael Koelsch.

19. Witness to Myself
By Seymour Shubin (April 2006); cover painting by Larry Schwinger.

20. Bust
By Ken Bruen and Jason Starr (May 2006); cover painting by R.B. Farrell.

21. Straight Cut
By Madison Smartt Bell (June 2006); cover painting by Chuck Pyle.

22. Lemons Never Lie
By Richard Stark (a.k.a. Donald E. Westlake) (July 2006); cover painting by R.B. Farrell.

23. The Last Quarry
By Max Allan Collins (August 2006); cover painting by Robert McGinnis.

24. The Guns of Heaven
By Pete Hamill (September 2006); cover painting by Larry Schwinger.

25. The Last Match
By David Dodge (October 2006); cover painting by William George.

26. Grave Descend
By John Lange (November 2006); cover painting by Greg Manchess.

27. The Peddler
By Richard S. Prather (December 2006); cover painting by Robert McGinnis.

28. Lucky at Cards
By Lawrence Block (February 2007); cover painting by Chuck Pyle.

29. Robbie's Wife
By Russell Hill (March 2007); cover painting by R.B. Farrell.

30. The Vengeful Virgin
By Gil Brewer (April 2007); cover painting by Greg Manchess.

31. The Wounded and the Slain
By David Goodis (May 2007); cover painting by Glen Orbik.

32. Blackmailer
By George Axelrod (June 2007); cover painting by Glen Orbik.

33. Songs of Innocence
By Richard Aleas (July 2007); cover painting by Glen Orbik.

34. Fright
By Cornell Woolrich (August 2007); cover painting by Arthur Suydam.

35. Kill Now, Pay Later
By Robert Terrall (September 2007); cover painting by Robert McGinnis.

36. Slide
By Ken Bruen and Jason Starr (October 2007); cover painting by R.B. Farrell.

37. Dead Street
By Mickey Spillane (November 2007); cover painting by Arthur Suydam.

38. Deadly Beloved
By Max Allan Collins (December 2007); cover painting by Terry Beatty.

39. A Diet of Treacle
By Lawrence Block (January 2008); cover painting by Chuck Pyle.

40. Money Shot
By Christa Faust (February 2008); cover painting by Glen Orbik.

41. Zero Cool
By John Lange (March 2008); cover painting by Greg Manchess.

42. Spiderweb and Shooting Star
By Robert Bloch (April 2008); cover paintings by Arthur Suydam and Larry Schwinger.

43. The Murderer Vine
By Shepard Rifkin (May 2008); cover painting by Ken Laager.

44. Somebody Owes Me Money
By Donald E. Westlake (June 2008); cover Painting by Michael Koelsch.

45. No House Limit
By Steve Fisher (July 2008); cover painting by R.B. Farrell.

46. Baby Moll
By John Farris (August 2008); cover painting by Robert McGinnis.

47. The Max
By Ken Bruen and Jason Starr (September 2008); cover painting By Glen Orbik.

48. The First Quarry
By Max Allan Collins (October 2008); cover painting by Ken Laager.

49. Gun Work
By David J. Schow (November 2008); cover painting by Joe Devito.

50. Fifty-to-One
By Charles Ardai (December 2008); cover painting by Glen Orbik.

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