Wednesday, July 12, 2006

News: Publisher Dabbles in Murder and Mayhem

A few days ago, we published a news report on Felony & Mayhem Press, a small publisher in Greenwich Village that specializes in publishing out-of-print mysteries. At the Houston Chronicle, we found a similar article on Busted Flesh Press owner David Thompson. Busted Flesh Press expects to primarily publish crime novels that have slipped out of print

Chronicle writer Fritz Lanham writes that mystery fans will recognize the name as an homage to one of Thompson's favorite authors, John D. MacDonald, whose sleuth Travis McGee lives on the Busted Flush, a houseboat he won in a poker game.

Thompson, the longtime publicity manager at Houston's Murder by the Book, said frustration at seeing wonderful books go out of print prompted him to launch Busted Flush, adds Lanham.

He plans to release about six books a year in trade paperback, each retailing for between $15 and $18. He'll also do occasional limited editions — hardcover books priced at $175 — for the collectors' market.

Read this entire article on Chron.com here.

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