Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Anyway, this weekend I ran across a copy of Donald Westlake's Baby, Would I Lie? while browsing at one of my neighborhood used bookstores. The cover shows a guy with a bolo tie and an acoustic guitar and bears the subtitle "A Romance of the Ozarks." My initial reaction was to put it back on the shelf. Romance? The Ozarks? Could it get any more unappealing? Fortunately, I read the inside flap and found out it was actually a sequel to Westlake's comic tabloid journalism novel Trust Me On This. True, it was set in Branson, Missouri, which is in the Ozarks, but it was definitely not a romance. I'm not sure who was in charge of coming up with the subtitle, but they could have at least read the damn book first.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Hard Case Crime has reached back into the past and borrowed a trick from Ace paperbacks with its latest release, the double entry Shooting Star/Spiderweb by Psycho author Robert Bloch. Both novels were originally published as Ace doubles, although not together.
While Bloch is best known for his horror fiction, he wrote in many genres, including crime fiction. The pairing of these two books may offer some insight into why Bloch’s horror novels are the ones for which he is famous. Shooting Star, is a straightforward private eye story, while Spiderweb, a dark crawl through the sewers of
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
And over in Brooklyn, Akashic has returned its city themed noir anthology series to Brooklyn for a third outing with a true crime twist.