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 unfortunately is no longer in existence. 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. 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!
  • -Dwayne Epstein
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In a previous blog I wrote about the BSOL, aka The Bastard Sons of Lee in terms of their official creation and purpose via an article in the L.A. Times. There is, however, more to this fraternal order then what the article stated. Over the years the ranks have expanded, depleted, and expanded yet again. The group’s current status is more or less in limbo but with any luck, that may change again. My experience with the BSOL was chronicled extensively enough in the final pages of Lee Marvin: Point Blank and it’s a hoot, considering founder Ron Walker got to meet the REAL son of Lee Marvin and what that resulted in!

In fairness, the BSOL is more than a post-generational fan club. Just take look at the members at a typical meeting from years back…..


If you can’t tell, they are all giving the camera the newly created Lee Marvin salute: The slowly corkscrewed gun to the viewer, ala Liberty Valance. Oh, and by the way, the deer on the wall is inflatible. Just saying…

Some members even went so far as to take the pilgramage to Mecca to pay their sacred respects, aka Arlington National Cemetary, and left an appropriate token of their visit…..





But, more than anything else, the one thing the BSOL has done that stands head and shoulders above all else of their other accomplished goals, rivaling the visit to Mecca and seeing ALL of Lee Marvin’s films (at least once); the most impressive of all is their semi-regular march in Pasadena’s (in)famous Doo-Dah Parade. As seen below, they come in character dressed as their designated name sake (a sash helps to point out the film for the uniaitiated) and take their representation very (semi)seriously…..




As they march through Pasadena amid cries of “We love you, Bastards!” their homemade ‘float’ trudges along with them….





Some members of the brethren have taken it upon themselves to create a makeshift totem in honor of you-know-who……


BSOL’s ManLee Totem












It’s been years since the mysterious BSOL has had a reunion, however most did indeed turn out for a book signing at the Huntington Beach Barnes & Noble for the February 2013 appearance of a certain author’s new bestseller…..



If you haven’t guessed by now, via some of the previous photos, your humble narrator is a little more than a chronicler of the Bastard Brethren. Yes, he’s a much grateful charter member. Some times you can’t just sit back and write about the game. Sometimes you gotta just jump off the bench and tackle the quarterback. Especially since it’s so damn fun to do so.
All that aside, with the renewed interest in the great man’s accomplishments, and the burst of popularity via social media in the years since it’s inception, don’t you all think the BSOL should rise again? What do you say my brothers? Shall we reunite, better than ever? I await your input….
– Dwayne Epstein

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