They are being called “digital originals” now. These are books published in e-book format only, or published first in that format and later on paper.
My first digital original, published by the Penguin Group’s imprint, Dutton’s Guilt Edged Mysteries, is Death in the Haight. It may be regarded as a stand-alone story, but it is related to the San Francisco mysteries that feature Carly Paladino and Noah Lang. This one is Noah’s story — with, I hope, a tilt toward the early P.I. novels — in keeping with the new imprint.
Death in the Haight is also a novella, which means it is longer than a short story, even a long short story, but shorter than a novel. The novella is my favorite form — probably closer in size to the pulp P.I. books of the ‘40s and ‘50s.
Noah Lang and his gender-bending friend work for a family trying to find a runaway son. When the son is accused of murdering a prostitute Lang continues the search at the family’s bequest, but becomes a target of a homicide inspector who has long believed that Lang is dirty. Lang’s “interference” in the case revives the cop’s desire to bring him down.
And because it is short and because it is an ebook and no trees were killed or ink spilled, Death in the Haight is available for a mere $2.99 (high promo mode here). The only hitch is that you have to have a Kindle, Nook or iPad, etc.
And a further note for my friends, the usual disclaimer: I will never know whether you bought this book or not. And I won’t ask. And if you do and don’t like it, you won’t have to make up some carefully worded note that pits your need to be honest against a desire to spare my feelings. I’ll never ask. I promise. However, if you do check it out and you do like it, a multi-star review on Amazon or B&N (or anywhere else) isn’t out of order.
DEATH IN THE HAIGHT by Ronald Tierney
A Dutton Guilt Edged Mystery
On-sale: August 21, 2012 / $2.99 / 9781101610046
Also available from Dutton Guilt Edged Mysteries:
SKIN: A Mike Hammer Story by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins
$2.99 / 9781101595381
MURDER IN MUMBAI by K.D. Calamur
$3.99 / 9781101587485
Dutton Guilt Edged Mysteries are available wherever eBooks are sold.
ABOUT DUTTON GUILT EDGED MYSTERIES
From 1947 to 1956, Dutton Guilt Edged Mysteries was a pulp noir publisher that specialized in hard-boiled detective fiction. The imprint published eighty-two novels in ten years, including noir icon Mickey Spillane, whose first seven Mike Hammer novels were published under the Guilt Edged logo. Relaunched in 2012 as a Penguin eSpecial imprint, the program is dedicated to publishing original crime short stories and novellas as eBooks.