Strictly Poison

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Pages / Size:
294 / 6" x 9"

by Charles Boeckman

Charles Boeckman fuses pulp fiction and jazz in these pulsating stories, drawing heavily on the author’s music background. Twenty-two stories culled from the pulps and classic crime digests, featuring sad people trying to escape dreary lives. Shifty con-artists, embittered detectives, hen-pecked losers, and more. 

This collection features "I'll Make the Arrest" — originally published in the premiere issue of Manhunt, and adapted to television as a Celebrity Playhouse episode, starred Philip Carey, Jan Sterling and Virginia Vincent. [This story appears in Pulp Adventures #17, illustrated by Ed Coutts, with an editorial devoted to the search for this missing episode.]

Boeckman left home in the early 1940s and traveled the country as a musician, kicking around from New York City to New Orleans. In between gigs, he pounded out hardboiled stories on his second-hand typewriter. His stories appeared in Dime DetectiveAlfred Hitchcock's Mystery MagazineManhunt, and many others.

When Boeckman combines his love of jazz with hardboiled pulp prose, his fiction reaches a two-fisted crescendo.

Cover by Robert A. Maguire