A recent conversation with my publisher, Tim Schaffner of Schaffner Press, resulted in the discovery that when the Lee Marvin Point Blank hardcover sells out of copies, it will NOT be going back for another print run. Matter of fact, he told me that he won’t be doing any future titles in hardcover. as all titles will be done in paperback.
By the way, if you didn’t know it (as I didn’t until my publisher told me), when you remove the dust jacket, there’s a pretty cool graphic added to it by graphic artist, Jake Kiehle, that is exclusive to the hardcover. Sort of the cherry on the sundae as my publisher called it…

Hard cover of LEE MARVIN: POINT BLANK minus the dust jacket.

To put it more succinctly, once the hardcover is gone, it is gone! That, by the way, is not an entirely bad thing.  It increases my royalties as the sales numbers pass a certain threshold amount. Also, when the hardcover sells out, it makes it a bona fide one-of-a-kind collectible.
I’d like to be able to say that I was in a position to make some sort of promotional offer in order to help boost those sales but unfortunately, I’m not. I can, however, make another ‘kind’ of offer in an effort to boost sales. If you purchase the hardcover, I will personally send you the following: A sticker for the cover denoting the bronze “IPPY” award in the Biography category it earned in 2013, as seen pictured herein.

2-inch bronze foil sticker indicating LEE MARVIN POINT BLANK’S win of The Independent Publisher Book Awards in 2013.

Since I can’t personally sign every Point Blank hardcover copy purchased, I can do the next best thing. Another give-away I can offer is a personally signed postcard. I was on the A&E biography of Lee (back in 2001) when I was still diligently researching his life and was given these promotional postcards after it aired. I will personally sign and send one to anyone free of charge!

Lee Marvin, shown on the set of THE DIRTY DOZEN, on the card used to advertise the Emmy-winning 2001 episode of A&E’s biography of the actor, featuring the author of LEE MARVIN POINT BLANK.

If you prefer, I have a bunch of other postcards I can sign from a book signing I did at a northern California bookstore called Loveable Rogue that is no longer in existence, unfortunately. Of course, that would make it a collectible of a kind, as well. Just let me know which one you prefer and I’ll accommodate your request. Must act soon as I have a limited amount of stickers and postcards.

Front & back view of cards printed up for the “Loveable Rogue book signing in Novato, Calif.



The hardcover can be purchased on line on several sites but make sure you’re ordering the Point Blank hardcover and not the Kindle or paperback. Links to such sites are highlighted here in blue and you can simply click on it and it’ll take you right to it.
The price Amazon is charging is $14.65 which is 48% less than the cover but they’re low on inventory at present. Barnes & Noble is priced $18.95 which is 32% less than the cover price. The same with the Books-A-Million (BAM!) price.

  • One last reason to consider the hardcover. August 29th of this year will mark the 30th anniversary of Lee Marvin’s passing. Since he is no longer with us, I think there may be no better way to honor his passing than with the purchase of a book that will also soon no longer be with us. Just a thought.
    Anyone interested in taking me up on my offer can simply message me here as shown below. Thanks for looking and long live the memory of the great Lee Marvin!



The name alone is intimidating. More than that, it is the dream of every writer to make that list, whether are willing to admit it or not. To make the list at any point i ones career is impressive. To do so on one’s first effort is to knock it out of the park in Yankee Stadium at your first at bta on opening day!
I wasn’t planning on posting anything new about Lee Marvin: Point Blank until this weekend but when the Times themselves made the list public on their site, I just couldn’t contain myself. It was hardly a solo effort and required the hard work of many people, among them are my amazing agent, Mike Hamilburg, my visionary publisher Tim Schaffner, distributor IPG’s Lauren Klouda, NeoCon’s Mike Phillips (the guy who taught me how to do all this website nonsense), graphic artist Jake Kiehle, and several other individuals who can also add this accomplishment to their resumes! For their efforts, I humbly thank them all. For what you may ask? Take a gander at BOTH lists below, appropriately enough being seen on June 6th…..








So, Barbara and I are on our way to lunch when we see the UPS truck pulling up in front of our apartment. We walk back, just in case, and I ask the driver, “Is that for us?” When he says yes, Barbara responds, “Hmm, that’s funny as I wasn’t expecting anything. I wonder if…” The driver points to me and says, “It’s for him.” I smile like a butcher’s dog as he hands me a case of paperback books entitled LEE MARVIN: POINT BLANK. Lunch was sligthly delayed.


Lee Marvin: Point Blank, paperback cover

That’s right, the paperback arrived from the printer, today. Amazon listed the release date as July 1st od this year, but it looks like it will be available much sooner. What’s different from the harcover? The first four pages are ten cherry-picked reviews, followed by the Copyright and revised Dedication. Then the Table of Contents shows the new content. By the way, the text (and the index) has been revised as well…..


Lee Marvin: Point Blank, paperback Table of Contents



Lee Marvin: Point Blank, paperback back cover


I really like what graphic artist Jake Kiehle did with the back cover as shonw above!