1: Slam The Big Door – John D. MacDonald: from 1987, it’s the first hardcover printing of the 1960 book.
2: Sixkill – Robert B. Parker: the last Spenser novel completed before his untimely death. Probably the end of the series for me.
3: The Name of The Game Is Death – Dan J. Marlowe: the fitrst book of the Drake series. Postings on this series by Bill Crider and Ed Gorman caught my eye and I thought I’d give it a whirl.
4: Lone Star Law – edited by Robert J. Randisi: 12 stories about the Texas Rangers with tales by some of the biggest names in the field. L’Amour, Kelton. Reasoner, Washburn, Randisi, Richards, Brandvolt, and Gorman among others.
5: Here Comes Mr. Troubles(ebook) – Brett Battles: a freebie. How does one resist those.
6:Oath of Office(PDF file)(review copy) – Michael Palmer: a thriller by a writer new to me and I enjoyed it. Back up a day for the review.
7: A Satan Carol(ebook)(review copy) – Alan S. Kessler: a new author with a novel with religious/horror overtones. Working on it now.
8: The Brothers O’Brien – William W. Johnstone with J. A. Johnstone: first book in a new series. Reading now and it’s pretty good. Probably my last. It’s part of an exclusive deal with Walmart, whose distribution is horrible. The local super Walmart didn’t get it, online they said out of stock, and I ended up getting it used, paying almost as much as a new copy plus shipping and handling. With Amazon, I don’t have to do that. With several more series staring up exclusively at Walmart, I’m making the decision to bypass them.
9: The Carpathian Shadows, Vol. 2 – edited by Lea Schizas: a collection of six horror stories tied together with a common premise. Kevin Tipple has one here and I’ve been wanting to sample his work.