Considered one of the best writers of private-eye detective fiction during his lifetime, William Ard frequently received glowing reviews from the New York Times book critic Anthony Boucher who praised him for his technical skill, complexity of plot and counterplot, vigor and originality, and for the warmth and tenderness of his hardboiled detectives.
This new reprint of Ard’s second novel, first published in 1952 by paperback publisher Lion Books under the pseudonym Thomas Wills, marks a welcome return to print for the first-rate writer of crime, mystery, and Westerns who died aged 37 from cancer while at the height of his career.
Told in flashback by 31-year-old Barney Glines, a much sought-after PI normally employed by insurance companies, the story opens in a seedy ‘godforsaken hole’ of a hotel in Mexico with Barney intending to kill press agent Archie St. George, the man who hired him to retrieve jewellery stolen from Kyle Shannon, a beautiful fashion model who has been signed by a major movie studio.
Nicholas Litchfield’s review of William Ard’s swift and dramatic novel, You’ll Get Yours, is featured today in the Lancashire Post and syndicated to 20 newspapers in the UK. You can read the review here.