Got the word from Charles Ardai, just a few weeks ago–he read my piece on what a Westlake Library of America edition might look like, and this book was high on my list of criminally out of print Westlake crime. It’s not being released until February 13th, 2018 (not a Friday, I’m disappointed to say), but Amazon already has a page up for it, so I’m not giving away any trade secrets here. Behold! Cover art!
Yes, of course I bitched and moaned to Ardai about how The Girl in this book is a blonde, but seems like the artist wanted a brunette, and I shall privately entertain my own dirty-minded suspicions as to why that was. The spirit of Robert E. McGinnis lives on, as indeed does McGinnis himself, but this isn’t his handiwork. This version of the not-too-maidenly Marian is suitably zaftig, and that’s what really matters, right? That and getting one of Westlake’s best Nephew Books back in print–and not just as an ebook. (Though the nice thing about ebooks is that once you’ve got something digitized, it tends to stick around.)
In early 2019, Hard Case is planning to come out with a new edition of Brothers Keepers, and there are subsequent reprints in the works.
I must say, it’s getting a bit spooky how as soon as we here express our desire for a particular Westlake book to be reprinted, Hard Case turns out to already be on the case.
(C’mon, Adios Scheherazade! Or is that too hard a case even for them?)