Now the purchases.
1: Defender of The Innocent – Lawrence Block: The Martin Ehrengraf stories collected. Twelve tales of a slightly bent lawyer.
2: Cheap Shot – Ace Atkins: the latest installment in Atkins’ continuation of Parker’s Spenser novels.
3: Dreamsicle – W. L. Ripley: While on a hunting vacation in the Ozarks, former NFL star Wyatt Storme stumbles upon an underworld drug ring with plans to create a highly addictive drug called “”dreamsicle,”” and he reluctantly assumes the role of detective. A first novel.
4: Pahgosa – Tom Austin: book three in the O’Malley Saga of mountain men stories.
5: Electric Country Roulette – W. L. Ripley: Wyatt Storme, Vietnam veteran and former pro football star leaves his Colorado home to solve the murder of a young college student in Branson, Missouri.
6: A Murder of Quality – John Le Carre: George Smiley Miss Ailsa Brimley is in a quandary. She’s received a peculiar letter from Mrs. Stella Rode, saying that she fears her husband—an assistant master at Carne School—is trying to kill her. Reluctant to go to the police, Miss Brimley calls upon her old wartime colleague, George Smiley. Unfortunately, it’s too late. Mrs. Rode has just been murdered. As Smiley takes up the investigation, he realizes that in life—as in espionage—nothing is quite what it appears.
and the ebooks:
7: Lynched – Ed Gorman: Rough Edges Press has released a new edition of one of Ed’s westerns.
8: Trial and Error – Warren Murphy & Gerald Welch: Remo Williams’ children, Stone and Freya must try to contain an exiled spy before he teaches the U.S. a lesson it will never forget! Fourth book in the Legacy series.
9: The Man Who Loved Too Much – John Rachel: Poor Billy Green! When he was just turning four, his father tried to throw him in the trash. He was a smart kid but that just seemed to create enemies. His mom did everything to protect him. But this was Detroit, armpit of the wasteland! Catholic school didn’t help much, except the time he got his first kiss from an atheist nun. Home life was dismal. Was his father capable of anything but drinking beer and farting? And what was with that neighbor who made puppets and tried to molest Billy? Golly! Detroit was sucking the life out of him. At such a young age. Then adolescence swirled around him. Like water in a toilet bowl. High school was a B movie. Only without a plot. So finally he did something about it. Billy ran away … to college. Cornell University. That was a good move for sure! He studied hard, lost his virginity, met the love of his life. Things were definitely looking up! What could possibly go wrong?
10: Out To Get You (Vance Custer Novellas Book 1) – Jochem Vandersteen: Vance Custer is a true crime writer willing to investigate your case like a private investigator might… As long as he gets the book- and movie rights. In this novella he is asked by a beautiful widow to look into the suspicious death of her husband in a small town. Soon Vance fnds out there’s a lot of people keeping secrets there, and a lot of people eager to keep those secrets hidden. Luckily, Vance isn’t the kind of guy to back down… Even if they’re out to get him.
11: Gigolo Johnny Wells – Lawrence Block: Johnny Wells is a boy with goals. Not noble ones, perhaps, but, still, he has ambition. He intends to be the best damn hustler New York has ever seen. He wants sharp suits, rich food, and high-class women who pay to take him home. He has the looks; he has the charm. But he needs cash to get started.
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Lawrence Block, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from his personal collection, and a new afterword written by the author.
Tirley O’Malley came from a long line of explorers and men of temper. By the time, he was born, his father had become mostly ‘civilized’ and had a farm. Tirley was the youngest of four boys and, at eight, was indentured for a ten year contract to learn silversmithing.
For four years, Tirley was mostly a slave, suffering almost daily beatings and missed meals. The smith’s boy, a few years older, was an irritant, a soft, pudgy boy who Tirley called ‘Old Satchel Butt,” When the O’Malley temper overcame Tirley. the boy went whining to father who came after Tirley with a buggy whip. Not about to stand for that, he conked the man on the head with a pitchfork handle, ‘Old Satchel Butt’ fainted, and Tirley cleared out.
The only place to go was west.
And there the boy grew into a man, adopted by the Pawnee where he earned the name Thunder Hawk from killing a Sioux about to kill his Pawnee brother just as a bolt of lightning . accompanied by a thunderclap, struck near while a red hawk was overhead.
Over the years, he partners with Old Bill Williams, a young and green Jim Bridger, and forges a reputation as a fierce warrior, his legend growing with almost every incident.
Quite good. The fourth book in the O’Malley saga. The first three have already been ordered and are on the way.
BRASH BOOKS is doing a terrific job of reissuing some fine crime novels. The Peter Bragg series is one of the best that slipped by me in the original publications. Can’t read everything I guess, though Lord knows I try.
It’s said that author Jack Lynch modeled Bragg after some aspects of himself> Both ex-reporter from Seattle originally now established in San Francisco. Bragg is a private investigator.
When an escape from San Quentin goes wrong, hostages are taken, two civilian women teaching a class to inmates, and a pair of guards, one wounded. Bragg gets drafted to help. A reporter he’d worked with recommended him to solve a problem.
Beau Bancetti was the leader of a bike club serving time along with three other confederates. The breakout was because Beau’s teenage brother had been arrested in their hometown for murder, something the kid couldn’t possibly do.
Bragg agrees to go look into it to help free the women hostages.
It’s unusual from the start. A police officer is more help than even the boy’s lawyer. Bragg is shot, a young girl murdered, before he starts to put the pieces together. There’s more going on than appears on the surface.
Loved it and look forward to more of these excellent novels. Can be ordered HERE.
In DARK SPIES, he draws a bodyguard assignment, a CIA agent meeting her Russsian asset in Norway. Disturbing rumors that the man’s cover had been blown drew the bodyguard assignment.
Will lay on a hill with a sniper rifle with scope checking out the scene when he spots a lone man walking in the area. The scope reveals something shocking, a Russian spymaster supposedly killed by a car bomb several years before. As he’s about to take out the man, two things happen. Shots break out in the cabin where the CIA woman is with her Russian asset and, over his radio, Will is ordered to do nothing.
Will ignores that order and takes out a hit team, but not before the asset is executed. Ordered to present himself at either the American embassy or the british for arrest, he refuses.
The CIA woman says before he died, the asset told her there was a Russian mole high in the ranks of the CIA. But that’s all he had time to say.
Suddenly Will has all the police forces in the world hunting for him. A four man hit team out of Russia wants him. And a pair of psychopathic twins are sent looking for him.
They all have one thing in common. Will Cochrane is to be shot on sight.
It’s all got to do with something called Project Ferryman. Will needs to get into the states, find and expose the mole, and figure out Project Ferryman. All while everyone he meets might want him dead.
MI6 agent Will Cochrane has a nan after him known only as Trapper. He’d escaped from a base in the Middle East after announcing he was going to kill Will. Will’s handlers wanted out of the way and safe.
But Trapper had somehow got hold of his cell number and was taunting him with phone calls.
Will has to get away from the CIA safe house and fins this man first.
Recommended for lovers of spy fiction.
2: Silhouette of Virtue(review copy – Jay Richard: It’s 1973. America is in the throes of Watergate, Vietnam, and increasingly heated racial tensions. A small college town in Southern Illinois is terrorized by a spree of sadistic sexual assaults against young Asian women, purportedly by a black man seeking payback for America’s betrayal in Vietnam.
Acting more on suspicion than evidence, the all-white police force arrests a black theater instructor and Vietnam vet. His only African American colleague, philosophy professor Nathan “Ribs” Rivers, finds himself in the unlikely position of leading a coalition of student and faculty groups advocating for a fair trial, despite his own doubts about the suspect’s innocence.
3: Stand Your Ground – William W. Johnstone with J. A. Johnstone: After the President closes Guantanamo Bay to hold civilian trials for the terrorists, some of them are relocated to Hell’s Gate Prison in West Texas. Until a group of fanatical sleeper-cell shock troops launch an all-out assault to “liberate” their jailed comrades. There’s just one problem: they don’t know that Army Ranger Lucas Kincaid is working at Hell’s Gate.
4: SuperFang(review copy) – Kevin Woram: amusing short tale of a bulldog terrier that acquires superpowers from eating a golden mushroom.
5: The Adventures of An Arkansawyer – Charles Gramlich: A memoir where Charles reflects on incidents in his lefe, some amusing, others reflective.
6: Again, Honorable Whoredom At A Penny A Word – Harlan Ellison: another collection of some the author’s best early work.
7: Vic and Blood – Harlan Ellison: three tales, one the author’s award winning A Boy and His Dog, parts of his larger in progress novel.
8: Dark Spies(ARC) – Matthew Dunn: the fourth volume in the Will Cochrane spy series where our hero is being hunted by the world with a shoot to kill order, all because he violated an order to let a fellow agent not be killed by a Russian hit crew.
and the ebooks:
9: Run From Nightmare – Maxine O’Callaghan
10: Bad News and Trouble – Maxine O’Callaghan: Before Kinsey Millhone, Sharon McCone and V.I. Warshawski, there was Delilah West, the sensitive, gutsy and resourceful private eye who shattered the boundaries of mystery fiction…starting with the ground-breaking short stories in this collection.
11: Music For The Dead(review copy) – Luis Gutierrez Maluenda: 1940s New York, jazz clubs, and Mike winowsky, a tough, cynical private eye with a love for the music and bourbon.
12: The Cost of Doing Business(review copy) – Jonathan Ashley: Jon Catlett, a misanthropic literary obsessive, is facing the loss of the only thing in the world he loves; his used bookstore, a haven for fellow weirdos, outcasts, misunderstood geniuses and malcontents. Jon has several other problems, the least of which are his love affair with a bi-polar femme fatale heiress to a thriving northern steel company or the exponentially growing opiate habit he has developed. When Jon, during a deal gone wrong, accidentally kills a fellow drug addict, getting away with murder turns out to be the least of his worries. The steps he and Paul, the obsessive-compulsive manager of Jon’s store, must take to cover up the killing result in the two cornering Louisville’s blossoming heroin trade.
13: Counterspy – Matthew Dunn: a novella in the Will Cochrane series. MI6 agent Will Cochrane is living in Washington, D.C. when a dangerous terrorist, codenamed Trapper, escapes from a top secret CIA military base. Trapper comes after Will—saying he is the one who killed his leader—but Will knows there has to be more to this story. Will gets close enough to shut the man down, but when he does, that act opens the door to yet another, much more dangerous surprise . . .
!: Sidewinders: Bleeding Texas – William Johnstone with J.A. Johnstone: Bo Creel is back at his family’s Star C Ranch in Bear Creek, Texas. Along with his buddy Scratch, he’s finding out that home is where the hell-raising is. A rival ranch is trying to drive the Creel family out of business, using any means necessary. For Bo and Scratch, always suckers for a pretty face, come two young ladies who just might blur the battle lines.
2: A Dangerous Man – William W. Johnstone: Born and bred in the Texas Pandhandle town of Comanche Crossing, William “Wild Bill” Longley gunned down a dozen of its men in cold blood before he got around to the sheriff and deputy–so he could take over the job himself. Then he found the perfect sidekick in a vicious career criminal named Booker Tate. With his remorseless heart set on a beautiful young woman, Wild Bill and Booker take the whole town hostage until the young lady agrees to marry a man she despises. That’s when a cold-eyed stranger comes to town with a dead man strapped to his saddle. In a town where violence and murder rule the day, a terrifying battle is about to explode–between ruthless Wild Bill Longley and a bounty hunter named Tam Sullivan, who’s done a whole lot of killing of his own…
and the ebooks:
3: Further Adventures of Cash Laramie and Gideon Miles – Edward A. Grainger: the latest collection of shorts of our two U.S. Marshals.
4: Devil’s Ledger – Richard Prosch: the first novella in a new series of gunfighter hero John Colburn, The Peregrine.
%; The God Project(review copy) – Stan Lee: reissue coming next year from Brash Books
6: Flawless(review copy) – Tom Kakonis: another Brash Books release early next year
The third collection of Cash Laramie and Gideon Miles stories from Edward A Grainger(David Cranmer) and Chuck Tyrell. They’re both older these days, most of the tales set in the twentieth century. The two men have aged gracefully and, while their reflexes may have slowed, nevertheless they are still dangerous men. A lifetime of caution have sharpened their minds. The fact that they are older helps as well, the young dismissing them because of it.
Several tales are by Chuck Tyrell, one a memorable remembrance by Wyatt Earp’s wife Sadie to Cash’s daughter Veranda Jane to a team-up of sorts between the pair in Alaska, PROPERTY OF A GUNFIGHTER.
The ebook includes an excerpt from the last Jack Laramie, the Drifter Detective and grandson of Cash, DINERO DEL MAR by Garnett Elliott, another recommended read.
As always, an entertaining read worth the modest price asked.. Available here.
Ellie Bennett had just pulled a year in prison for something she didn’t do. a former corrections officer accused of beating up a prisoner, set up by a fellow guard because she’d had a brief relationship with the woman’s husband, all Ellie wanted was to start her life up again.
She gets an odd job offer: finding a young woman she’d spent time in prison with. The job was pid for by a Christian group. The reasons seemed benign enough.
But soon another group was offering even more money to find her. This group was connected to the soon-to-be ex-Governor.
Political connections were behind it all. Leaders on both sides were opponents in the coming Senatorial elections.
What could this young woman have that both sides wantd? What could one lone ex-con do caught up between two such powerful forces?
Ellie showed them.
Recommended. Can be ordered HERE.
I’ve written about P.I. Jack LeVine before.
It’s 1947 and Jack LeVine runs into an old college friend he hasn’t seen since before the war. Walter Adrian had made a career in Hollywood writing screenplays. One LeVine had loved, another not so much.
Adrian looked terrible, worried about something. Laying one false story on LeVine, he finally admitted he was having contract problems and wanted His friend to come to Hollywood and find out why. A new contract was in negotiation and Warner Brothers not only wasn’t offering him a raise, they wanted to cut his pay.
LeVine heads for Hollywood and goes to Warner Brothers where Adrian was working late on a script, only to find him on the back lot on a western set hanging from a scaffold.
The police call it suicide, but LeVine was suspicious. The trapdoor he’d been standing on that killed him when he fell through didn’t allow Adrian to hit the lever that opened it. Bot to mention the lump on the back of his head.
LeVine decides to look into it.
But no one wants him doing that. Shots are taken at him, the police are warning him off, and the meeting with freshman Senator Richard Nixon reinforces what they consider the problem.
Remember this is 1947 and Nixon is heading up the west coast version of the House Un-American Activities Committee.
LeVine keeps plugging along. The highlight of the story is the inale, a long car chase and shootout with LeVine aided by none other than Humphrey Bogart doing the driving. Lauren Bacall was left behind at the party where it started.
A fun read.