Max Phillips
September 2004
ISBN: 978-0857683137
Cover art by Gregory Manchess

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Ray Corson came to Hollywood to be a screenwriter, not hired muscle. But when a beautiful girl with a purse full of cash asks for your help, how can you say no? So Corson agrees to protect starlet Rebecca LaFontaine from a vengeful mobster — but what he doesn’t realize is that he’ll have to join the Mob to do it.

  • Also nominated for the Anthony Award for Best Cover Art of the Year
  • Highly praised author has published novels in hardcover with Henry Holt and Little Brown
  • George Pelecanos on FADE TO BLONDE: "The term Chandleresque is overused, but this book...came as close as any I've read to replicating the master's style...This is a superior, smart, exciting crime novel."
  • Publishers Weekly on FADE TO BLONDE: "A hard-boiled whodunit sure to thrill fans of such Golden Age masters as James M. Cain...Deftly balances terse yet tender introspection with hard-hitting physical action...The convincingly understated, witty repartee between guy and gal—and their gangster pals—prevents the book from descending, for even a paragraph, into period pulp parody. They do write ’em like they used to."
  • January Magazine on FADE TO BLONDE: "Sharp, savvy, and unapologetically raunchy...this taut, hard novel is a winner."

Also available in an audiobook edition...

Fade to Blonde Cover Fade to Blonde
by Max Phillips
Narrator: Gordon Mackenzie
Publisher: Hard Case Crime
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Raves for the work of Max Phillips...

"A rip-roaring page-turner."
New York Newsday

"Masterfully told."
The Seattle Times

"The author has the eye and the ear and the cojones to keep pace with all this fond brutality."
The New Yorker

"A dark, dangerous style."
The New York Times

"Inventive, vividly written...highly entertaining."
Kirkus Reviews

"It's been said that FADE TO BLONDE could have been a Gold Medal novel. It certainly could have. It's easily one of the best books I've read this year."
James Reasoner, author of TEXAS WIND

"Phillips has recreated the universe of Raymond Chandler with utter believability...The novel moves along with punchy, straightforward, sexy prose, and doesn't lack for wit."
Neal Pollack, author of NEVER MIND THE POLLACKS