Friday, December 30, 2016

FRIDAY'S FORGOTTEN BOOKS, Friday, December 30, 2016



Black Is The Color – John Brunner (from archives: Randy Johnson)
As a young boy discovering a love of reading even as I was learning, John8570777
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

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Jerry House, THE MUCKER, Edgar Rice Burroughs
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George Kelley, IF THIS GOES WRONG, ed. Hank Davis
Margot Kinberg,  The Masala Murder, Madhumita Bhattacharyya 
Rob Kitchin, THE CHOIRBOYS, Joseph Wambaugh
Kate Laity, BUILD MY GALLOWS HIGH, Geoffrey Homes
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Steve Lewis/William Deeck, HOLIDAY HOMICIDE, Rufus King 
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J.F. Norris, SING ME A MURDER, Helen Nielsen
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8 comments:

Margot Kinberg said...

I like how many older books - even classics - are here this time, Patti. Thanks, as ever, for doing this, and for including my post.

Al Tucher said...

Happy New Year Patti, have a great 2017.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Thanks, Al. It has to be better than 2016! And best to you and yours too.

Jerry House said...

Brunner has long been a favorite and BLACK IS THE COLOR was a great book. i miss Randy and his insightfulness.

Best wishes for a wonderful 2017 for you and Phil, Patti!

Todd Mason said...

Up and not even on Hawaiian Time, or at least no closer than frequently...thanks, Patti, and a happier new year, indeed.

K. A. Laity said...

I did one but forgot to share the link https://grahamwynd.wordpress.com/2016/12/30/ffb-build-my-gallows-high/

J F Norris said...

Thanks for reserving me a spot, Patti. You can fill it now:

Sing Me a Murder by Helen Nielsen

Here's to a wonderful 2017! I refuse to allow anything going on in Washington to wreck my hopes for a better year than this last one.

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