Friday, December 18, 2015

Friday's Forgotten Books, December 18, 2015

 I will be absent for the next three Fridays, returning on January 15th for Richard Prather week.  I have never read Richard Prather so it will be enlightening for me. 

Todd will collect whatever links there are. Thanks, Todd.  

Miami Blues, Charles Willeford  (from the archives)
 
Wow! I loved this book. I also loved Pickup but it's hard to believe it's the same author, even if many years separate the two novels. Pickup could have been written by William Kennedy. It barely feels like a crime novel-it's about down on their heels drunks, stumbling through life. It's heartbreaking, tragic.

Miami Blues could have been written yesterday by any of a bunch of current writers, except Willeford is better, making it impossible to put down. It's funny, scary and quick.Hoke Mosley is a compelling character and Miami never looked better (or worse).The movie doesn't do it justice.

AFTER THIS I WENT ON TO READ ALL OF THE HOKE MOSLEY NOVELS AND LOVED THEM ALL,.

Sergio Angelini, CASTLE SKULL, John Dickson Carr
Elgin Bleecker, SPIES OF THE BALKANS, Alan Furst
Brian Busby, KENNETH MILLAR/ROSS MACDONALD: A CHECKLIST, Mathew Brocoli
Bill Crider, PREVIEWS OF ENTERTAINMENT THROUGH JUNE 1952, Gilbert Seldes
Scott Cupp, HARRY O MORRIS, Harry O Morris
Curt Evans, Ianthe Jerrold Mysteries
Ed Gorman, VALDEZ IS COMING, Elmore Leonar; THE EVER-RUNNING MAN, Marcia Mueller
Jerry House, RALPH 124CN41+,  Hugo Gemsbach
Richard Horton, SOMEWHERE IN NEW ENGLAND, Alice Blythe
George Kelley, PENQUIN SCIENCE FICTION POSTCARDS
Margot Kinberg, WHITE HEAT, M.J. McGrath
Rob Kitchin, A SONG FROM DEAD LIPS, William Shaw
B.V. Lawson, GHOST OF A CHANCE, Kelly Roos
Steve Lewis, KILL HIM QUICKLY, IT'S RAINING, Michael Brett
Todd Mason, THE BEST HUMOR ANNUAL edited by Louis Untermeyer and Ralph E. Shikes THE BOOK OF WIT AND HUMOR #1 edited by Louis Untermeyer; CARTOON ANNUAL edited by Ralph E. Shikes
J.F. Norris, THE COORDINATOR, Andrew York
Matthew Paust, THE BEAST THAT SHOUTED AT THE HEART OF THE WORLD, Harlan Ellison
James Reasoner, LAST CALL FOR DOOMSDAY, Edmond Hamilton
Richard Robinson, A PERFECT MATCH, Jill McGown
Gerard Saylor, THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN, multiple authors
Kevin Tipples, DEAD SOLDIERS, Bill Crider
TomCat, THE FLOATING LADY MURDER, Daniel Shashower
TracyK, MOURNED ON SUNDAY, Helen Reilly
Westlake Review, NOBODY'S PERFECT, Donald Westlake
Zybahn, THE EMPTY HOURS, Ed McBain

12 comments:

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

I loved the Hoke Moseley series too. It's a shame he died just when he was finally getting the acclaim his work deserved. I liked Fred Ward in the movie, but then I like him in most things.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Always good, isn't he. I thought Baldwin was a bad fit.

John said...

Another rerun is posted over at Pretty Sinister Books:

The Coordinator by Andrew York

Have a lovely Christmas holiday, Patti! See you next year.

Elgin Bleecker said...

Good list, as usual, Patti. And more books for my TBR pile. Thanks for including my post.

Todd Mason said...
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Todd Mason said...

This time for sure!

Best Humor Annuals and their offshoots, ed. Louis Untermeyer and Ralph E. Shikes

And *now* back to the endlessly delayed Tuesday's A/V...

Sergio (Tipping My Fedora) said...

Thanks Patti - and hope you all have a great Christmas and New Year.

Charles Gramlich said...

some great ones on this list

Casual Debris said...

Please add my late entry:

The Empty Hours

Thanks & have a great break!

Frank

Jerry House said...

Enjoy your time off, Patti. I hope the holidays will be super for both you and yours.

TracyK said...

Thanks for including my post here, and have a great holiday break. I plan to have a post for Richard Prather week. I have never read Richard Prather either, but have several on the TBR shelves that are being considered.

Yvette said...

Off to visit family for Christmas and New Year's, dear Patti. I'll be away for a few weeks. MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and yours. God bless.