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Shills Can’t Cash Chips

Erle Stanley Gardner (as A.A. Fair)

A big, fat Buick, a bevy of sultry dames, a plot more twisted than Dick’s hatband and a little chin music. Hard Case Crime, since 2004, has published a slew of detective fiction—classics from the 1940s and 1950s along with new novels with a gritty gumshoe modus operandi. Among them are the Cool and Lam adventures written by A.A. Fair, aka Erle Stanley Gardner. Here’s one to consider.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, A Novel

by Quentin Tarantino

You saw the movie! Now read the book! Filmmaker Quentin Taratino, of Pulp Fiction fame, scores another hit. Rated R for language, alcohol use, and sexual content!

Forgotten Motoring, A Miscellany on the Open Road

by Peter Ashley

There is a certain charm in the assembly of miscellanies, and this book is an example of just how charming such an assemblage can be. Ashley’s eye, his sensibility, and his appreciation for ephemera combine to create quite the attractive volume, a sweetly polished little gem.

Rolling Sculpture: A Designer and His Work

by Gordon M. Buehrig with William S. Jackson

Many of you will know the cars: the coffin-nosed Cords, the dual-cowl Duesenbergs and the elegant Continental Mark II. Some of you may know the name Gordon Buehrig–the mind and the hand that conceived them.

The Black Echo

by Michael Connelly

To fully enjoy a series of well-done detective novels, it is both entertaining and enlightening to start with the first one and read ‘em all sequentially. Michael Connelly’s Bosch procedurals are well worth the effort.

The Great Influenza

by John M. Barry

You think Covid 19 is a horror show? How about the influenza pandemic of 1918? Read this book, although you may find it too close to our current tribulations.

Car Tales, Classic Stories About Dream Machines

Five short stories by names you’ll mostly recognize, with unrelated but interesting photographs.

Rolls-Royce and Bentley In the 80s and 90s

by Richard Vaughan

Many of these models are still on the road—still looking sleek and stylish. Filled with detailed information and attractive images, this book is a good resource for those who hold an interest in them. Anyone considering the purchase of one may be astounded by the many and expensive problems endemic to these cars.

Coachwork on Rolls-Royce and Bentley 1945–1965

by James Taylor

The period covered by this bookmarks the transition from custom to increasingly standardized bodies, and not even ultra luxury marques were spared. This book looks at both types, highlighting the output of 56 British and Continental firms.

Lovers and Other Strangers: Jack Vettriano

by Anthony Quinn

Perhaps you’ve seen a print of Vettriano’s The Singing Butler in a friend’s home. Perhaps you own a copy yourself. As wonderful as that painting is, it is overshadowed by the artist’s noir paintings. This book is a fine introduction to the work of this controversial, enigmatic Scottish painter.

That Thin, Wild Mercury Sound

by Daryl Sanders

Bob Dylan’s first album was released in 1962. Since then he has recorded over three dozen studio albums. He is still actively recording and performing. With all that material, it would be difficult to pick a favorite, but there seems to be a general agreement that his 1966 Blonde On Blonde is the best of the best. Sander’s book tells a very detailed, very lively tale of its making.

3-D Movies

by R.M. Hayes

The “hyperhaptic visuality” in Avatar in 2009 may have created a lot of hoopla—only to then fizz out again—but the 3D film process was already over a hundred years old by then! From specific movies to how they’re made and on what equipment, this book by an industry insider is a good overview.