Saturday, February 20, 2010

Cover of Ace Atkins's DARK END OF THE STREET!

Last December, BFP reprinted Ace Atkins's first Nick Travers novel, Crossroad Blues (978-1-935415-03-9; $15), with a new foreword by music journalist Greil Marcus (Mystery Train) & a never-before-published Travers story, "Last Fair Deal Gone Down" (which went on to be nominated for the Edgar!). Now, in October 2010, BFP is proud to release a new edition of the third Travers novel, Dark End of the Street (978-1-935415-17-6; $15), with a new foreword by Robert Gordon (Can't Be Satisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy Waters) & possibly another original story! Check out the kick-ass new cover of Dark End of the Street, designed by Mark Francis (who worked on Crossroad Blues and who does the design work on Ace's website) and featuring photography by Neil Krug & Nick Findley. What do you think??

Also, congratulations to Ace for winning this year's Alabama Book of the Year (Fiction) Award for his historical crime novel, Wicked City, which is set in 1954 Phenix City, Alabama, once named by Look magazine as "the wickedest city in America."

And Ace's spring tour for his new novel from Putnam, Infamous, has just been announced, with Ace hitting Phoenix, Atlanta, Houston, Oxford (MS), and more! Booklist raves about Infamous: "It's Atkins' prodigious research that makes this novel a compelling road trip through Depression-era America. He vividly portrays the Dust Bowl, foreclosures, the grinding poverty, gnawing hunger, desperation and the rage at bankers (most of which resonate in today's America); and he captures the imminent end of the gangsters' heyday. Like many fine historical crime novels, Infamous offers a window on society, then and now."


pattinase (abbott) said...

Fabulous cover!

David Thompson said...

Thanks, Patti! :-)

Naomi Johnson said...

These books should come with CDs of the music mentioned in them!

Chris said...

Love that photograph -- I've actually seen it before, I think. Great cover.