I have a friend who whenever I mention a movie always knows the director. Or if he doesn't, it's the first question he asks having grown up on the auteur theory despite being the same age as me. I grew up on the movie star theory so I usually know who acted in the movie. But directors are pretty darn important and one of my favorites is Howard Hawks. There are a dozen movies of his that rank in my top hundred, but if I had to chose one it would be BALL OF FIRE.
Hate to mention actors again, but these are two of the best.
Ruth Rendell week, March 4, 2016 First novels of distinction, May Rex Stout, July
SHOT IN DETROIT
COMING, June 2016
Polis Books, 2015
An atmospheric and eagerly awaited debut novel from acclaimed crime writer Patricia Abbott, set in Philadelphia in the 1970s about a family torn apart by a mother straight out of Mommie Dearest, and her children who are at first victims but soon learn they must fight back to survive. Eve Moran has always wanted “things” and has proven both inventive and tenacious in getting and keeping them. Eve lies, steals, cheats, swindles, and finally commits murder, paying little heed to the cost of her actions on those who love her. Her daughter, Christine, compelled by love, dependency, and circumstance, is caught up in her mother’s deceptions, unwilling to accept the viciousness that runs in her mother's blood. Eve’s powers of seduction are hard to resist for those who come in contact with her toxic allure. It’s only when Christine’s three-year old brother, Ryan, begins to prove useful to her mother, and she sees a pattern repeating itself, that Christine finds the courage and means to bring an end to Eve’s tyranny.
“It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between.” ― C.S. Lewis
Patricia (Patti) Abbott
Patricia Abbott is the author of more than 125 stories that have appeared online, in print journals and in various anthologies. She is the author of two ebooks, MONKEY JUSTICE and HOME INVASION and co-editor of DISCOUNT NOIR. She won a Derringer award for her story "My Hero." She lives outside Detroit.