In recent years, Stark House Press began reprinting double-novel volumes by the late James McKimmey, a prolific writer who found success during the golden age of crime fiction. Popular in his day, McKimmey authored seventeen novels and hundreds of short stories, and although some were optioned for movies, none were filmed.
Previous Stark House collections include book introductions by notable Scottish crime writer Allan Guthrie and Bill Crider, Anthony Award-winning author of the excellent Sheriff Dan Rhodes mysteries. The newest volume, 24 Hours to Kill / Blue Mascara Tears, released this month, includes an introduction by the editor of Lowestoft Chronicle, whose critical essay “Idolatry and Playing God to Cure ‘The Fix’” examines McKimmey’s writing career and these two gripping 1960s yarns.
Bestselling author James Reasoner recently said of Blue Mascara Tears: “I give it a high recommendation, especially since you can get it in that double volume with an equally compelling yarn, 24 HOURS TO KILL.”