Saturday, October 21, 2017

Free for Kindle for a Limited Time

Longnecks & Twisted Hearts (The Bill Travis Mysteries Book 3) - Kindle edition by George Wier. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com

Double Wide -- Leo W. Banks

Prospero Stark (his father taught Shakespeare) is better known as Whip Stark from his brief glory days as a major league pitcher.  Through a set of circumstances not entirely of his making, he's no longer playing.  He owns and lives in Arizona in a trailer park with a few other outcasts and is content to be a semi-recluse until someone leaves a severed hand on his doorstep.  

Stark recognizes the hand, which had once been attached to his catcher, Rolando Molina, who was being treated for a cocaine problem the last time Stark saw him.  Naturally Stark searches for the body or the living, but now short-handed, Molina.  He's drawn into a complex plot that involves drug running and also a unique substance that I won't explain because you should let it come as a surprise.  It was sure a surprise to me, and that's all I'll say about it.

Stark's not an experienced detective, but he's read a lot of detective fiction, so that's his guide as to how to do things.  He gets into plenty of trouble, and along the way he meets an attractive TV reporter, Roxanna Santa Cruz, who helps out.  He even gets to pitch again.

Brash Books is bringing back a lot of great older novels, but it's also publishing new ones, including Double Wide, which is a slam-bang, fast-moving treat.  Look for it in November.  I suspect we haven't read the last of Whip Stark.

50 Sweet Facts About Your Favorite Halloween Candies

50 Sweet Facts About Your Favorite Halloween Candies

Song of the Day

The Language Detectives

The Language Detectives 

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I'm Sure You'll All Agree

The Spookiest Ghost Stories From All 50 States

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Barry de Forest, Play Girl, Beacon, 1960

Who Says TV Is Out of Ideas?

'Magnum P.I.' Reboot in the Works at CBS

Simon Schama: By the Book -

Simon Schama: By the Book: The author of the two-volume “Belonging: The Story of the Jews 1492-1900” didn’t finish reading Elena Ferrante’s “Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay”: “I left.”

Forgotten Hits: October 21st

Forgotten Hits: October 21st  

Silver Dollar Survey and March on Washington Photos included.

I Miss the Old Days

Fifty Years Ago, a Rag-Tag Group of Acid-Dropping Activists Tried to "Levitate" the Pentagon

No Thanks

Climb a 2,500-Rung Ladder Up New Zealand's Towering Twin Falls

Friday, October 20, 2017

I'm Sure You'll All Agree

30 Best Westerns of All Time   

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

How Jimmy Buffett Turned 'Margaritaville' Into a Way of Life

How Jimmy Buffett Turned 'Margaritaville' Into a Way of Life

Song of the Day

The Year of the Witch

The Year of the Witch

Julian May, R. I. P.

Julian May - Wikipedia: Julian Clare May (July 10, 1931 - October 17, 2017) was an American science fiction, fantasy, horror, science and children's writer who also uses several literary pseudonyms, best known for her Saga of Pliocene Exile (Saga of the Exiles in the United Kingdom) and Galactic Milieu Series books.

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The Definitive Way to Organize Your Books: An Illustrated Guide

The Definitive Way to Organize Your Books: An Illustrated Guide

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Peggy Gaddis, Woman of Fire, Cameo Books, 1952

This Week's Tabloids

Las Vegas gunman’s hooker, Hillary Clinton’s lies, and Jerry Lewis’s forged will in this week’s tabloids

New Blog on the Block

Western Musings: A second look at a waning genre.  

This new blog will be featuring reviews of forgotten western novels and short stories in an attempt to call attention to worthy works from the past.  Check it out.

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee

Scranton man charged with choking woman over iPad passcode: SCRANTON — A city man faces charges after police said he choked a woman Wednesday because she changed the passcode on her iPad.

FFB: A Twofer from Stark House: The Body Looks Familiar & The Late Mrs. Five -- Richard Wormser

As a fan of Richard  Wormser's work, I was honored to write the introduction to this Stark House twofer.  I don't want to say much about the plots or the books or how I got my hands on one of them, since that's what I cover in the introduction.  But I'll say a little to give you a hint of why you should read them.

I won't go so far as to say that the plot of The Body Looks Familiar is unique, but I'll bet you haven't read anything like it in years, if ever.  And it raises the question in my mind about whether a book can be noir and not noir at the same time.  That question isn't answered in the intro, by the way.  You'll have to read the book and decide for yourself.  The book was a Dell First Edition, although it originally appeared in condensed form in Cosmopolitan.

The Late Mrs. Five was a Gold Medal novel, and it's a nice little man-on-the-run story, set apart from many others of its type by it's setting, a very small town where there aren't many places for a man on the run to run or to hide.  There are some mighty big coincidences in this one, but that just made the book more fun for me.

Stark House is doing a fine job of bringing forgotten writers back into print.  This one will be available in January, but you can preorder it now so you won't forget.