Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday's Forgotten Books, Friday November 21, 2014

Evan Lewis will be hosting FFB next week.



(From the archives)

This was the first Sam McCain book I read back in 2009 and what a pleasure it was. All of Ed Gorman's novels are a treat to read. You enter a world that is mostly filled with benevolent, well-drawn non-stereotypical characters.

And then Ed throws in the monkey wrenches that set that peaceful Iowa world on its ear. There is murder and mayhem but you are never offended. We have a gentleman here.
And then he sets things right in a humane and compelling way.

Especially fun for me were the sixties touchstones-and I really admired the way he caught it on the cusp of a new era-and captured it without overplaying its markers. Sam McCain feels young, vibrant, and on the edge of adulthood himself.

What I liked most about Ed's books is his obvious admiration and enjoyment of women. This is unusual in the books I read. His women are rarely shrews or nags or harpies. All of them seem like a romance or an adventure is just within their grasp--young and old.

My very favorite Gorman book is SLEEPING DOGS, but this is right up there. They all are.

Sergio Angelini, John Dickson Carr
Yvette Banek, SILVER MEADOW, Barry Maitland
Joe Barone, CARIOCA FLETCH, Gregogy McDonald
Brian Busby, Basil King
Bill Crider. SHOOT, Douglas Fairbain
Martin Edwards, DEATH OF A MILLIONAIRE, G.D.H. and Margaret Cole
Curt Evans, THE FARM AT PARANOA, Laurence Kirk
Ray Garraty, DOG STARS, Peter Heller
Ed Gorman, FAST LANE, Dave Zeltserman
Rick Horton, THE SHEIK, E.M. Hull
Jerry House, LITTLE TICH: A BOOK OF TRAVELING, Harry Ralph
Randy Johnson, THE AVENGERS BATTLE THE EARTH-WRECKER, Otto Binder
Nick Jones, THE FNGER OF SATURN, Victor Canning
George Kelley, TROS OF SAMONTHRACE, Talbot Mundy
Margot Kinberg, THE HOUSE WITHOUT A KEY, Earl Der Biggers 
Rob Kitchin, THE MIDNIGHT SWIMMER, Edward Wilson 
B.V. Lawson, AH, SWEET MYSTERY, Celestine Sibley
Evan Lewis, HOME IS THE HANGMAN, Richard Sale
Steve Lewis/Dan Stumpf, HOT ICE, Robert J. Casey
Todd Mason. QUARK 4. ed. Samuel Delaney, SATURDAY EVENING POST
Neer. MADEMOISELLE DE SCUDERI, E.T. A. Hoffman
J.F. Norris, THE KILLING OF KATIE STEELSTOCK, Michael Gilbert
James Reasoner, IN THE HILLS OF MONTERREY, Max Brand
Richard Robinson, ILL WIND, Nevada Barr
Gerard Saylor, FATALE, Jean-Patrick Manchette
Ron Scheer, QUITTING TIME, Robert J. Conley
Kevin Tipple, KINGS OF COLORADO, David E. Hilton
TomCat, MISSING SUSAN, Sharon McCrumb
TracyK, MURDER WITHIN MURDER, Richard and Frances Lockridge
Prashant Trikannad, THE HARDY BOYS: THE TOWER TREASURE, Franklin Dixon

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've read and enjoyed a few of the Gorman westerns lately (Trouble Man, Ghost Town, Ride Into Yesterday) and they are as fresh and non-traditional as anything in the field. But for my money you need to read his short stories, which are as good as those being written by anyone these days. Famous Blue Raincoat, Dark Whispers, Moonchasers and Other Stories, Prisoners & Other Stories - every one is a classic.


Jeff M.

Charles Gramlich said...

I've got a couple more of those Gorman's to read. Good stuff for sure.

Anonymous said...

I see my comment didn't make the cut yet again.

Jeff M.

Ron Scheer said...

I agree with you about Ed Gorman. There is a gentle (maybe "midwestern") edge to his storytelling. And his women characters reflect the time in which he finds them--at the point of release from a history of social constraints and rigidly observed gender roles.

Charlieopera said...

Loved Ticket to Ride, Patti ... reviewed it here: http://temporaryknucksline.blogspot.com/2009/12/reviews-politics-sports-dieting.html

Sergio (Tipping My Fedora) said...

Thanks Patti.

Margot Kinberg said...

Thanks as ever for including my post :-)

TracyK said...

I tried to comment yesterday but it disappeared. I am three books into the Sam McCain series and hope to read the 4th soonish. Thanks for mentioning Sleeping Dogs, I looked it up and purchased a copy.

And thanks for including my post,