Paperback Jack

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by Loren D. Estleman

In 1946, Jacob Heppleman returns from the war ready to resume his career as a pulp magazine writer. However, his agent tells him that the pulp magazine industry is dead and now writing paperbacks is the way to go. Jack isn’t interested in writing paperback novels that will be on racks in the drugstore but they are selling like crazy. He reluctantly begins to work for Blue Devil Publishing writing spicy pulp novels. Along the way he becomes involved with a cover artist with a shady past, the mob and a scary pawnbroker.

As his success grows and Hollywood becomes interested, Jack comes under fire from politicians who want to censure his writing and the whole pulp fiction industry that the government says is corrupting the morals of the country.

I am a sucker for noir, private eyes and writers of hardboiled crime novels so when I saw the cover of this book and read the description, I knew I had to read it. Paperback Jack is billed as a historical thriller but I didn’t find it to be a thriller in the usual sense. It is more historical fiction about the publishing world of pulp friction and the artists who did the covers of these books. This is the first book written by Lored D. Estleman that I have read and I will be reading more of his books.

Paperback Jack will be published on November 15th. Thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan-Tor/Forge for the advanced reading copy.

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