Friday, October 12, 2018

Friday's Forgotten Books, October 12, 2018


These is some of the crime fiction I was reading between 1989-92. This was during a period when I was trying to wean myself from reading so much of this genre. What were you reading?

Sleep and His Brother-Peter Dickinson
Well-Schooled in Murder-Elizabeth George
Burden of Proof-Scott Turow
Nemesis-Rosamond Smith
Going Wrong, The Crocodile Bird, Anna's Book-Ruth Rendell
Icy Clutches, Old Scores-Aaron Elkins
The Wench is Dead-Colin Dexter
H is for Homicide, I is for Innocent--Sue Grafton
Dancehall of the Dead, Coyote Waits--Tony Hillerman
A Ticket to the Boneyard, A Dance in the Slaughter House-Lawrence Block
Body in the Vestibule-Katherine Page
Shadow Play, Not That Kind of Place, Deep Sleep-Frances. Fyfield
A Simple Plan, Scott Smith
A Literary Murder-Batya Gur
Sculptress-Minette Walters
Past Reason Hated-Peter Robinson
Devil in a Blue Dress-Walter Mosley
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Les Blatt, EXCELLENT INTENTIONS, Richard Hull
Brian Busby, I FOUND CLEOPATRA, Thomas P. Kelly
Crossexaminingcrime, THE FIRST TIME HE DIED, Ethel Lina White
Martin Edwards, CUTTER AND BONE, Newton Thornberg
Richard Horton, Hierarchies, by John T. Phillifent/Mister Justice, by Doris Piserchia 
Nick Jones, Ringworld
George Kelley, THE COUNT OF 9, Erle Stanley Gardner
Margot Kinberg, THE HIDDEN ROOM, Stella Duffy
Evan Lewis, THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM, Ian Fleming
Todd Mason, THE HUGO WINNERS, Vol 3. annotated by, Isaac Asimov
Only Detect, DEATH IN A BOWL, Raoul Whitfield
Matthew Paust, THE DEAD SHALL BE RAISED, George Bellairs
James Reasoner, PIN A STAR ON A GIRL, Johnny Nelson
Richard Robinson, FANUILH, Daniel Hood
Gerard Saylor, THE BIG KEEP, Melissa F Olson
Kevin Tipple,  SINS FOR FATHER KNOX,  Josef Skvorecky (Reviewed by Barry Ergang)
TomCat, THE SLEEPING ISLAND, Frances Vivian
TracyK Book Sale Part 1 Forgotten Books
Erica Wright/THE RAPSHEET. A DRAM OF POISON, Charlotte Armstrong

11 comments:

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

Some good choices there - Robinson, Dexter, Hillerman, Rendell, Peter Dickinson.

Let's see. Crime fiction, then.

1989:
Westlake, THE OPERATOR (KILLING TIME)
John D. MacDonald, PALE GRAY FOR GUILT
Sue Grafton, "E" IS FOR EVIDENCE
John Mortimer, RUMPOLE AND THE AGE OF MIRACLES
Thomas H. Cook, SACRIFICIAL GROUND
1990:
Loren D. Estleman, ANGEL EYES
Karen Kijewski, KATWALK (a book I really disliked)
Ross Thomas, THE FOURTH DURANGO
John Dunning, LOOKING FOR GINGER NORTH
Simon Brett, MRS., PRESUMED DEAD
1991:
Bill Pronzini, SMALL FELONIES (shorts)
Len Deighton, SPY LINE
Bill Crider, DYING VOICES
Jim Thompson, A HELL OF A WOMAN (a Hell of an ending!)
Elmore Leonard, MAXIMUM BOB
1992:
Susan Rogers Cooper, THE MAN IN THE GREEN CHEVY
Wayne Dundee, THE BRUTAL BALLET
Gil Brewer, THE RED SCARF
Aaron Elkins, OLD BONES
SISTERS IN CRIME 4 (shorts)

Kevin R. Tipple said...

I have no idea. I was working on my Bachelors at UTD in a double major of Literature and History, working nights and being a stay at home Dad daytime which was unheard of back then, and trying to survive. I know I read things beyond school stuff, but I have no idea what.


Kevin

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

Kevin, I started keeping a notebook of every book I read in the early 1970s, and I think it was May of 1975 I bought my first Year at a Glance calendar, which makes it easy to go bck to a specific time and see what I was reading, or doing in general. And I have separate books where I write down every book I finish, one fiction and one non fiction.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I only kept one sporadically and I really regret that. It might save me from rereading now.

Gerard Saylor said...

I did not start keeping track of my reading until about 10 years ago.

I was in college from '89-'93 and recreational reading was mostly paperbacks I found sitting around. I read AMERICAN PSYCHO after the furor over the content. I had reading time during the summers but may have just watched TV and listened to music.

Kevin R. Tipple said...

I never had done the notebook thing, though I really need to start.

Todd Mason said...

Oddly enough I didn't start reading crime-fiction novels in 1989, but stepped up the rate by some distance...started getting review copies from Warner/Mysterious Press, which didn't hurt any. I was definitely drawn to the McCone series by Muller, Donald Westlake, Elmore Leonard, John D. MacDonald, Sara Paretsky and others...that year I also went on jags of reading nearly every book Theodore Sturgeon and Kurt Vonnegut had published that I hadn't read already. Maggie Gee, William Kotzwinkle, collections by Dennis Etchison and Joe Lansdale. Stumbled across THE WALTER SYNDROME and so could talk a little about Richard Neely with Ed Gorman eventually. Kate Wilhelm's WELCOME, CHAOS.

Barry Ergang said...

If you seriously want to know about what crime/mystery/suspense I read during the specified years, I can provide a list, but it'll be quite long and varied.

Let me know one way or the other.

Margot Kinberg said...

I've been reading crime fiction for such a long time that I don't honestly think I could list exactly what I was reading. Hmm....that's good 'food for thought,' though.

Mathew Paust said...

Never kept track until I started writing FFB reviews. I'm saving them all. From your list, Patti, I've read only the Hillermans (all of them), the Turow (most if not all) and the Mosley (several. I usually pick intuitively, and am often delighted to learn I've read something before. My memory is so porous the reread frequently seems like a first read. The older I get the more rereads there seem to be.

Mathew Paust said...

Forgot to mention, a friend told me about A Simple Plan, and it sounded like something right up my alley, but I still haven't read it. As I recall the plot is reminiscent of No Country for Old Men and Robert Stone's Dog Soldiers.