Charles Ardai is an American author and publisher of crime fiction novels. He is a founder/editor of Hard Case Crime – an imprint of hardboiled crime novels. He also founded the internet company Juno in 1996. He graduated from Columbia University summa cum laude in 1991. Charles is married to fellow novelist Naomi Novik.

Charles Ardai made his debut as a published novelist in 2007 with the novel The Good-Neighbor Policy. He had previously published anthologies under this name. Below is a list of Charles Ardai’s books in order of when they were first released:

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Publication Order of Gun Honey Books

Publication Order of John Blake Books

(as Richard Aleas)

Little Girl Lost (As:Richard Aleas) (2004)Description / Buy at
Songs of Innocence (2007)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Good Neighbor Policy (2007)Description / Buy at
Fifty-to-One (2008)Description / Buy at
The Nice Guys (2016)Description / Buy at
Death Comes Too Late (2024)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Publication Order of Gabriel Hunt Books

Hunt at the Well of Eternity (By: James Reasoner) (2014)Description / Buy at
Hunt at World's End (By: Nicholas Kaufmann) (2014)Description / Buy at
Hunt Through the Cradle of Fear (2014)Description / Buy at
Hunt Beyond the Frozen Fire (By: Christa Faust) (2014)Description / Buy at
Hunt Among the Killers of Men (By: David J. Schow) (2014)Description / Buy at
Hunt Through Napoleon\'s Web (By: Raymond Benson) (2014)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Anthologies

Why I Left Harry's All Night Hamburgers(1990)Description / Buy at
Great Tales of Madness and Macabre(1990)Description / Buy at
Future Crime(1992)Description / Buy at
New England Crime Chowder(1992)Description / Buy at
Kingpins(1992)Description / Buy at
Great Tales of Crime and Detection(1995)Description / Buy at
Show Business is Murder(2004)Description / Buy at
Crime Factory Issue 4(2010)Description / Buy at
Beat to a Pulp: Round 2(2012)Description / Buy at
Silent Night, Deadly Night(2016)Description / Buy at
The Silver Waves of Summer(2021)Description / Buy at
Playing Games(2023)Description / Buy at

Notes: Why I Left Harry’s All-Night Hamburgers was edited with Sheila Williams. The anthologies Futurecrime, New England Crime Chowder, Kingpins, and Aliens and UFO’s were edited with Cynthia Manson.

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Charles Ardai Synopsis: With the release of Fifty-to-One by Charles Ardai, Hard Case Crime is celebrating its 50th year! Okay, not really. But what if, instead of having been founded 50 books ago, Hard Case Crime had been founded 50 years ago, by a rascal out to make a quick buck off the popularity of pulp fiction? Such a fellow might make a few enemies – especially after publishing a supposed non-fiction account of a heist at a Mafia-run nightclub, actually penned by an 18-year-old showgirl. With both the cops and the crooks after them, our heroes are about to learn that reading and writing pulp novels is a lot more fun than living them…

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