Thursday, May 27, 2010

Bought | Reading


Memory, Donald E. Westlake
I Was Looking For A Street, Charles Willeford
A Long Line of Dead Men, Lawrence Block
Eye of the Beholder, Marc Behm
Safer, Sean Doolittle
The Spies of Warsaw, Alan Furst
The Given Day, Dennis Lehane
The Turnaround, George Pelecanos


I wondered -- briefly, long ago -- what one’s life would be like if John Walsh were one’s neighbor. And here it is.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

A Quick Nod

Begin your tale with your hero being dragooned into a job -- one for which he, at first glance, appears perilously outmatched -- and this reader is on your side, if not already won over.

The narrator’s voice in Roger Zelazney’s The Dead Man’s Brother is kinda florid for my taste, but it doesn’t matter: Thirty pages in, the confident pull of the narrative completed the job of winning me over.