If you missed Terry Gross’ “Fresh Air” interview of the always-fascinating Charles Ardai yesterday, you can check it out online. Although much of the information about the Hard Case Crime publisher was familiar to me from my own interview three years ago (I’m proud to say that Booklist recognized HCC’s potential appeal long before the mainstream media caught on), two things were new to me. One was that both of Ardai’s parents were Holocaust survivors, a fact that obviously had a huge influence on his life. And the other was that his forthcoming novel, Fifty-to-One, is a humorous tale about a character named “Charles” who happens to be the editor of a publishing concern called “Hard Case Crime.”
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