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Charles Ardai Books In Order

Publication Order of Gabriel Hunt Adventures Books

Hunt Through the Cradle of Fear (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Good-Neighbor Policy (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fifty-To-One (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Nice Guys (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Charles Ardai, who is an American national, has many occupations. Ardai is an enterpriser, man of letters, editor, publisher, founder and TV producer, all rolled into one. Among Ardai’s most notable undertakings is founding the ISP-oriented Juno Online Services, and contributing to editing the realistic Hard Case Crime books. Ardai serves in high-profile positions in many organizations including D.E. Shaw alongside Schrodinger Inc., wherein he serves as a managing director and chairman, respectively. Ardai, who is a quadragenarian, was born in October 1969. Ardai’s birthplace is New York City in the US.

For his O levels, Charles Ardai attended the Manhattan-based Hunter College High School wherein he completed in 1987. For his undergraduate studies, Ardai attended Columbia University where he pursued literature, specializing in romantic poetry, and finished in 1991. Various publications including Alfred Hitchcock’s and Ellert Queen’s mystery magazines have published Charles Ardai’s work. Ardai writes books using the nom de plume Richard Aleas though he has also used his actual name Charles Ardai in his literary work. Ardai has co-authored books with the late penman Richard Stark, crime novelist Lawrence Block, Martin Meyers, and Isaac Asimov.

Charles Ardai: Inspiration
Incidentally, Charles Ardai’s parents survived the Holocaust and they later on narrated to him unimaginable gloomy and scary stories of the situations that they underwent at the hands of the Nazis. According to Ardai, suchlike stories that his parents told him during his childhood inspired his characters’ tribulations and, generally, have greatly shaped his literary work.

Section on Books
Charles Ardai has contributed to the Hard Case Crime series; an example is his books that are contained in the John Blake series, a duology. There are nine editions of Ardai’s first book in the latter series. Incidentally, the first book is the fourth one in the Hard Case Crime series. The first edition of the first book was initially published in January 2004, titled Little Girl Lost; and the book is shelved under the fiction (especially noir fiction and pulp fiction sub-genres), crime (particularly the hard boiled sub-genre), mystery (especially detective subgenre), action, and thriller genres.

John Blake is the featured central character in Charles Ardai’s book. Meet protagonist John Blake. Blake is a visionary school dropout–he dropped out of college. Blake, who is in his late twenties, works as a private detective; he is the only other partner in a small-time detective agency. Blake had a heartthrob or, better still, his first lover, called Miranda Sugarman while he was a high school student. His former girlfriend was apparently domiciled in the Midwest wherein she allegedly worked as an ophthalmologist.

The turning point in Charles Ardai’s book, Little Girl Lost, is when, a decade later, John Blake notices a news headline recounting the gory death of his former lover Miranda Sugarman who reportedly worked in a strip club in the run-up to her death. Blake’s partner-cum-former law enforcer dissuades him from sleuthing but Blake ignores. Eager to know the motive for the murder, Blake starts sleuthing and in his quest for unraveling the murder mystery, witnesses the dark underbelly of corporate New York in this two-time award-nominated book.

Charles Ardai Awards
Author Charles Ardai has both clinched and been nominated for several prestigious literary prizes. In 2005, Ardai was nominated for the Shamus Award, in the Best PI Novel category, thanks to his 2004 book titled Little Girl Lost. In 2005, Ardai was nominated for the Edgar Award, in the Best First Novel category, courtesy of the aforementioned book.

In 2007, Charles Ardai published a book entitled Songs of Innocence. Incidentally, this is the second book in the serialized John Blake. In 2008, this book clinched the Shamus Award, in the Best Original PI Paperback. Charles Ardai penned a short story entitled The Home Front; in 2007, the story bagged the Edgar Award, in the Best Short Story category. In 1994, a 1993 short story titled Nobody Wins was nominated for the Shamus Awards, in the Best PI Short Story category. Lastly, Ardai bagged the Ellery Queen Award in 2015, in virtue of his input in the publication of the Hard Case Crime series.

Charles Ardai Books into Movies and TV Shows
Charles Ardai’s books are not only presently being adapted for the silver screen, but he has also undertaken novelization projects. Foremost, Universal Pictures has since optioned Ardai’s two books contained in the John Blake series. Particularly, the team behind the film adaptation of Ardai’s book Little Girl Lost includes Jonathan Levine and Michael Bacall who are the director and screenwriter, respectively; Marc Platt is among the producers. Charles Ardai’s media tie-ins include the movie named The Nice Guys which he novelized in 2016. Author Stephen King’s book named The Colorado Kid inspired the (SyFy) TV series entitled Haven.

Best Charles Ardai Books
The following are the best books authored by Charles Ardai. The first is the just discussed Little Girl Lost. The second is called Songs of Innocence. It is in the wake of her former lover’s murder that shook John Blake to the core. Blake has since discontinued his sleuthing job and opted to advance his university education. Blake’s kindred spirit, a woman named Dorothy Burke, dies in what is presumed suicide, contrary to Blake’s opinion. Blake’s embarks on a life-threatening investigation that reveals she was a prostitute. Another notable book is titled Fifty-to-One that was published in late 2008. It revolves around a teenage mob-affiliated showgirl who doubles up as a writer; she publishes a fiction book in which the mobsters lose quite a fortune something that is soon replicated in real-life, prompting the mob to come after her.

Other Book Series You May Like
Readers who liked the books penned by Charles Ardai also liked the following series of books. The first is called Quarry series, authored by Max Allan Collins. It revolves around a deranged Iowa-based Vietnam veteran called Quarry who works as an assassin.

The second is entitled Max & Angela series, penned by Ken Bruen. It features Max Fisher, a shady New York magnate, and Angela Petrakos, his attractive assistant. The third is named Jammer Davis series, a trilogy penned by Ward Larsen. It features Jammer Davis, an aviation accident investigator and former airman; Davis is called in to investigate a series of mysterious and well-orchestrated aircraft incidents.

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