WINNER OF THE SHAMUS AWARD
FOR BEST PAPERBACK NOVEL OF THE YEAR!|
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
by Max Phillips
Narrator: Gordon Mackenzie
Publisher: Hard Case Crime
Sample Chapter 1: Dowload mp3
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