Archive for May, 2011

Hard Cold Whisper by Michael Hemmingson

Posted in crime noir, noir fiction, pulp fiction with tags , , , , , on May 19, 2011 by vintagesleazepaperbacks

We highly recommend Michael Hemmingson’s new crime noir novel, Hard Cold Whisper, out from Black Mask Books.

The back cover copy states Hemmingson wrote the book in a flurry of homage style like Gil Brewer’s Fawcett Gold Medal books.




David Kellgren is a process server, a job where everyone wants to kill the messenger and things can get a little bit dangerous and out of hand. David is attacked when trying to serve legal papers to a gang member and an angel comes to his rescue: nineteen-year-old Gabriella Amaya, trapped in a large dilapidated house, caring for her dying aunt. This elderly aunt has money, diamonds, and real estate, promised to Gabriella when the aunt dies. Is there any way the sultry caregiver can get her crafty hands on that wealth sooner? And share it with her new lover, the unsuspecting process server who starts to wonder if he’s become a patsy in a elaborate murder plot, or if he simply cannot allow himself to trust any woman who says, “I love you.” Set in San Diego, Chula Vista, and Tijuana, Hard Cold Whisper is Michael Hemmingson at his finest, most terse and torqued prose in the crime genre.