Though I already own most of the works in vintage paperback formats, and remain a very reluctant reader of e-books, I’m still excited to receive this news: The Mysterious Press has released nine of Shamus Award winner William Campbell Gault’s crime novels in electronic versions. Perhaps people who’ve never before sampled Gault’s excellent stories will take a shot at one of these.
The majority of these e-books star Los Angeles peeper Brock Callahan, a “compassionate” gumshoe in the style of Thomas B. Dewey’s Mac and Ross Macdonald’s Lew Archer. However, Shakedown--which Gault published in 1953 under the pseudonym Roney Scott--introduced another of his private-eye protagonists, Joe Puma. Look for the whole set of e-tales here.