Monday, June 7, 2010

Hard Case Crime Awards: The Best and the Worst of the First 50

Top 3
1. Charles Williams, A Touch of Death (HCC #17)
2. Ken Bruen and Jason Starr,
Bust (HCC #20)
3. Lawrence Block,
Grifter’s Game (HCC #1)

Bottom 3
48. Madison Smartt Bell, Straight Cut (HCC #21)
Max Allan Collins, Deadly Beloved (HCC #38)
Stephen King, The Colorado Kid (HCC #13)

The Best Cover Award
Gregory Manchess for John Lange’s Grave Descend (HCC #26)

The Worst Cover Award
Robert McGinnis for John Farris’ Baby Moll (HCC #46)

The It-May-Be-Terrible-or-It-May-Be-a-Masterpiece Award
Russell Hill, Robbie’s Wife (HCC #29)

The Once-Too-Often-to-the-Well Awards
Lawrence Block, A Diet of Treacle (HCC #39)
Donald E. Westlake, Somebody Owes Me Money (HCC #44)

The I’m-Embarrassed-How-Much-I-Liked-It Award
David J. Schow, Gun Work (HCC #49)

The Everyone-Else-Likes-It-More-Than-I-Do Award
Richard Aleas, Little Girl Lost (HCC #4)

The Charles Ardai Award for Noble Publishing Projects
Charles Ardai


  1. If you weren't a fan of Little Girl Lost, did you like Songs of Innocence?

    I read Deadly Beloved and Colorado Kid back to back. You're right...terrible.

  2. It's not that I disliked the Aleas books; I just wasn't as big a fan as most folks seem to be. Maybe I should give them another try.

  3. You were right about "A Touch of Death!" Fantastic!

  4. Excellent to hear! It's one of my all-time faves. If you haven't read Charles Williams' Hell Hath No Fury (a.k.a. The Hot Spot), you should love that one too.