"Just finished last night Ed Gorman's CAGE OF NIGHT from 1996. Gorman mixes the fifties noir theme of a wrong man on the run to touching small-time memoirs and a portrayal of doomed love. The book moves very succesfully between supernatural…"
"I also read a Connelly, LOST LIGHT, which I liked quite a bit. Connelly is very professional and moves the story along very well, even though this is not one of his best. I like the sad melancholy moments Connelly puts throughout his books, though…"
"THE PACK, Jason Starr's latest. Due out soon, I think. Pretty good, very funny in places (I think Starr does a Duane Swierczynski imitation on purpose in one scene), and there are scenes of Starr at his best, but there's some padding in…"
Kevin Wignall, Jason Starr, Dashiell Hammett, Peter Rabe, Gil Brewer, Harry Whittington, Raymond Chandler, Floyd Mahannah, Ben Benson, Tapani Bagge, Philip K. Dick, Alfred Bester, Howard Browne's THE TASTE OF ASHES, John Jakes's GIVE ME THIS WOMAN
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Touch of Evil, Le Samouraï, Reservoir Dogs, 23 Grams, Babel, The Mirror; Shield, Sopranos, The Wire
Sorry not to have been here almost for all of the Fall. Been too stressful, with everything flying in air at the same time - and I literally mean it. (Umm, no, not the things flying in the air part... That hasn't happened. Yet. We'll keep our fingers crossed.)
The paperback line was delayed, but Duane's and Al's books are coming out in March and April. Kevin Wignall's Who Is Conrad Hirst? (which is one of the best thrillers I've ever read) should follow in June. Then come James… Continue
Again, sorry for the absence. I've been swamped with work for two months and haven't really had the time to do any side stuff.
I'm editing the Finnish translation (my own) of Duane Swierczynski's The Wheelman. The translation will be out in October and will start a new paperback line I'll be editing - handpicking the best of the new hardboiled and noir. Al Guthrie's Kiss Her Goodbye will be the next novel in the series. Arrangements have been made for another three… Continue
After having finished editing my porn book and writing another one (both, sadly (?), non-fiction), I've been reading Bill Granger's Schism from 1981. It's one of his Devereaux spy novels. I'm not big on spy novels, but I find myself liking this very much. It's about a Vatican spy that worked as a missionary in Vietnam and Laos in the fifties, disappeared and gets back around 1980. CIA, Vatican and other people are of course interested in him and Devereaux is hired to find out what the man… Continue
I feel I should almost apologize for lightening up your recent reading, considering your blog posts above! I mean, those stories are dark, but not the same shade of black as Hard Man (which I loved) etc.