Event with Arnold Hano
Join us on Sunday, November 11 at 1 pm to welcome
Arnold Hano, author of Three Steps to Hell,
an omnibus of three hard-hitting novels. There is no charge for
Many know Arnold, a longtime Laguna Beach resident, as the author of A Day in the Bleachers,
the seminal book about baseball from a fan's perspective centered around "the
catch" by Willie Mays in the 1954 World Series. But what few may not be aware of
is that Hano, under his own name and several aliases, wrote novels featuring
driven, flawed characters.
3 Steps to Hell reprints for
the first time three of Arnold's books. The Last Out was his first novel
and was set, appropriately, in the world of baseball. The story features major
league players, gangsters, bribes and the outlaw teams of Canada. In So I'm a
Heel, a WWII vet, with plastic for a jaw shattered by a sniper's bullet,
seeks to blackmail a rich man over his terrible secret, but the scheme goes way
wrong. And in Flint, a western inspired by Jim Thompson's Savage
Night, a tormented gunslinger takes on one more job to kill for money.
This edition also features an introduction by noted crime
novelist Gary Phillips (The Warlord of Willow
Ridge) and a Q & A with Arnold conducted by his longtime
friend, playwright Dan Duling. Both Gary and Dan will also be in attendance at
"I solve mysteries. Or try to," Arnold said about
his approach to writing. "Be it a novel, a short story, a magazine article, a
play - whatever - problems lie within and must be addressed."
Arnold certainly ably addresses those
problems and conflicts in the novels published in 3 Steps to Hell.
Mystery, sports and westerns fans, indeed fans of compelling storytelling in
general, will enjoy these tales finally back in print in this volume.