Good news! Stark House Press has just reprinted two novels by H. Vernor Dixon, Cry Blood and Killer in Silk. They were the last of nine books that Dixon wrote in the 1950s for Fawcett, the country’s most prolific publisher of paperback originals. Their appearance now is especially welcome since their first editions, produced in print runs of perhaps 250,000 copies, have become worryingly scarce. How scarce is that? you ask. My favorite used book site, ABE, shows only three booksellers with copies of Cry Blood and one with Killer in Silk. WorldCat is no better: two libraries with copies of the former book and four with copies of the latter. Now, just in the nick of time, Dixon’s brand of detectiveless noir has returned from oblivion to entertain a new generation of readers. Amazon has copies. I won’t say much about the introduction except that I did appreciate the chance to put information about Dixon in one fairly coherent narrative.