Friday, July 15, 2016

Friday's Forgotten Books, July 15, 2016


Thanks to all of you who have posted reviews of SHOT IN DETROIT on your blogs or on amazon. I really appreciate it. And I also appreciate ones that will come in the future.

My review of SWISS ARMY MAN.

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 From the archives, Randy Johnson. We miss him.

As a young boy discovering a love of reading even as I was learning, John Brunner was an early find, third I believe, behind Heinlein and Norton. The early stuff was mostly from the Ace Doubles. Black Is The Color is a little bit different. From 1969, part spy novel, it has a plot line that would fit in in things happening today.
Mark Hanwell, a disillusioned young man returns home to London after six months in Spain where he’d met and worked for The Big Famous Writer he only ever refers to as Hairy Harry. It didn’t take long for him to realize his hero had feet of clay, making the bulk of his money selling pornography and weed. In fact, the last four pieces of writing under his name had been written by Mark.
Home, he goes looking for a woman who’d sent him a few letters early on, then stopped. A singer, he traced the bank d she’d been with falling into as different a world as he’d ever run into.
Sadism was part of it, voodoo, a plan to start a race war in England, Mark finds his work an and the man she’d taken up with, a South Africaner.
I’d never heard of this book before I came across it. Good stuff

Yvette Banek, MURDER OF A LADY, Anthony Wynne
Joe Barone, SHOT IN DETROIT
Les Blatt, TOWARD ZERO, Agatha Christie
Brian Busby, THE QUEBEC PLOT. Leo Heaps
Bill Crider, THE NEDDIAD, Daniel Pinkwater
Martin Edwards, THE COLOUR OF MURDER, Julian Symons
Ed Gorman, THE EVIL DAYS, Bruno Fischer
Rick Horton, ROMANTIC COMEDIANS, Ellen Glasgow
Jerry House, CRIME STORIES FROM THE STRAND, Geraldine Beare
George Kelley, THE HOUSE OF CTHULHU, Brian Lumley
Margot Kinberg, RESURRECTION BAY, Emma Viskis
Rob Kitchin, CHASING VENUS, Andrea Wulf
B.V. Lawson, THE MIDNIGHT PLUMBER, Maurice Proctor
Steve Lewis/William Deeck, THE BLACK ENVELOPE, David Frome
Todd Mason, THRILLERS, 100 MUST READS, David Morrell and Hank Wagner
J.F. Norris, THE BLOODY MOONLIGHT, Fredric Brown
Matthew Paust, THE BEST OF MURRAY LEINSTER, J.J. Pierce
James Reasoner, KI-GOR AND THE STOLEN EMPIRE, John Peter Drummond
Richard Robinson, NORTHERN BLOOD, ed. Martin Edwards
Gerard Saylor, PAST REASON HATED, Peter Robinson
Kerrie Smith, THE CHOSEN, Kristina Ohlsson
Kevin Tipple/Barry Ergang, THE WEB, Jonathan Kellerman
TomCat, THE HOUSE IN CHARLETON CRESCENT, Annie Haynes
TracyK, FIRE WILL FREEZE, Margaret Millar
Westlake Review, DROWNED HOPES, SECOND DOWN

5 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

Black is the color is one of his I haven't read.

Todd Mason said...

I've been meaning to find the Brunner since reading Randy's review the first time, as well. Brunner was very proud of being accepted as Not Ofay in the '60s and '70s.

Meanwhile, I'm finally up with mine:
FFB: THRILLERS: 100 MUST READS edited by David Morrell and Hank Wagner (Oceanview Publishing 2010); Carolyn See, RIP

Thanks, Patti.

Margot Kinberg said...

What a great selection this time, Patti. And thanks (as always) for including mine.

TracyK said...

Thanks for gathering these links, Patti. I have read Brunner but had not heard of Black Is The Color. I will have to look for that. I enjoyed your review of Swiss Army Man at Crimespree.

pattinase (abbott) said...

That was Randy Johnson's (new deceased)review. I have read nothing by Brunner but I should. It was a macabre movie-but I liked it. No surprises there, I guess.