Friday, May 31, 2013

Friday's Forgotten Bools, Friday, May 31, 2013

THE INNOCENT MRS. DUFF, Elisabeth Sanxay Holding

This book did not resonate for me quite as much as the BLANK WALL did last week because it centered on a villain that was completely narcissistic if not a sociopath without ever really giving a reason for his villainy. Equally painted in white is his young wife, the title character. She tolerates all the abuse he dishes out, trying to reason with him or at least have a discussion about it.
However the writing was still fine and it was a compelling story.

Jacob Duff spends the entire novel drunk. Thie alcoholism is as close as we get to a reason for his behavior. While drunk, he is either in a rage or feeling sorry for himself. He treats both his young son and young wife with contempt. Most of the novel is concerned with him trying to find a way out of the marriage through various means. Attempts by his aunt to moderate his drinking or attitude are not heeded.

This is a quick novel that I read with pleasure if not quite the adulation I read BLANK WALL. Characters painted in black and white grow tiresome after a while.

Sergio Angelini. MAIGRET SETS A TRAP, Georges Simenon
Patrick Balestar, THE UNQUIET NIGHT, Patricia Carlon (THE RAP SHEET)
Yvette Banek, WHEN IN ROME, Ngaio Marsh
Joe Barone, THE ROSARY MURDERS, William Kienzle
Brian Busby, Fermez La  Porte, On Jele, Rene Carrier
Bill Crider, THE SECRET MASTERS, Gerald Kersch
Curt Evans, DEATH RIDES THE AIRLINE, William Sutherland
Ed Gorman, REMOVERS, Matt Helm
Jerry House, BAD RONALD, John Holbrook Vance
Randy Johnson. THE ODOR OF VIOLETS, Baynard Kendricks
George Kelley, SOFT TOUCH, John D. MacDonald
Margot Kinberg, THE 7th WOMAN, Frederique Molays
Rob Kitchin, DEATH OF A NATIONALIST, Rebecca Pawel
B.F. Lawson, ONE NIGHT'S Mystery, May Agnes Fleming
Evan Lewis, THE LONG RANGER, Big Little Books
Todd Mason, SHIELD FOR MURDER, William P. McGivern
J.F. Norris, TOO MANY BONES, Ruth Sawtell Wallis
David Rachel, ANYONE'S MY NAME, Seymour Shubin
James Reasoner, THE LURE OF ADVENTURE, Robert Kenneth Jones
Richard Robinson, THE CASE OF THE VAGABOND VIRGIN, Erle Stanley Gardner
Gerard Saylor, BIRDMAN, Mo Hayder
Ron Scheer, THE TRAIL OF '98, Robert Service
Michael Slind, THE BIGGER THEY COME, A.A. Fair
Kerrie Smith, BEAT NOT THE BONES, Charlotte Jay
Kevin Tipple, Daiquiri Dock Murder, Dorothy Francis
TomCat. A WOLF IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING, DeWaal and Baantjer
Prashant Trikannad, THE SNAKE, Mickey Spillane
James Winter, 80 MILLION EYES, Ed McBain


Margot Kinberg said...

Patti - Oh, how nice of you - Thanks for including my blog post.

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

Patti, thanks very much for including my post too. Good choice of books all round.

Sergio (Tipping My Fedora) said...

Great to know about this one Patti, thanks.I do really like Holding but have not read that many yet - cheers.

obaid said...

You always pick such interesting!
I have not seen this one and now feel I must do so soon.
Loved your description of it. Thank you for picking this one.

Charles Gramlich said...

An alcoholic protagonist is a hard sell for me. I haven't this writer, though so I will have to see if I can find something.

Todd Mason said...

Up and sauntering with the novella version of William P. McGivern's "Shield for Murder" this week...which, as I didn't know till yesterday afternoon, had actually been adapted at least twice dramatically, for STUDIO ONE in 1951, and as an indy film in 1954 (McGivern also used the title and perhaps some of the elements for a long-form KOJAK episode script in the 1970s, as well).

Anonymous said...

I think I've read seven of this week's selections. I liked Pawel's Carlos Tejeda series and think you'd enjoy them Patti. I've been fascinated by the Spanish Civil War for a long time (probably since I read FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS) but have always found it hard to sort the different groups out.

Jeff M.

Todd Mason said...

The Murray Bookchin essay in this issue of Our Generation can help with that, Jeff...the Noam Chomsky article not too shabby, either. And no romanticizing Stalinist duplicity, as one sees in the Hemingway...