Benjamin Wade, P.I., former cop is hired to find a missing man. It’s 1940 in Texas and tracing the man’s movements wasn’t that hard.
But more was going on than Benjamin knew. War was raging in Europe and the man was coming from there. Our hero was suddenly being shot at, followed, arrested and threatened with a murder charge, and government officials on his case.
I liked Scott’s story and the way he moved it along, never slacking.
In the acknowledgements, Scott thanks several folks for their aid, talks about the genesis of the tale, and the gestation period. Look forward to more stories with Benjamin Wade.
Deputy Sheriff Whit Branham is in the western part of the state. A new county is being organized, but until that’s done, he’s the only law for that area. He’s been called to cut down a body lynched by a vigilante committee, the third time in recent months.
This time it’s a woman, the widow Slocum, a so-called psychic that folks went to for their fortune telling.
Branham is also babysitting, shepherding a judge’s nephew who’s local constable, the planned sheriff for the new county.
There’s also a secret about this whole lynching mess that someone wants kept secret, willing to kill to preserve it. Branham is on a tightrope as he tries to clear it up and stay alive.
Another fine tale of Richard’s native Nebraska, the latest addition to his impressive body of work.Can be ordered HERE.
!: Thieves Fall Out(review copy) – Gore Vidal: pulp novel by Vidal from his young days. Never reprinted since original publication 60 years ago. Due next month.
2: Black Boat Dancing(review cop) – Gerald Cappa: When Jorginho the Black Hat hacker goes AWOL in Portugal with the secrets of America’s role in the Arab Spring rebellions, Maknazpy is enlisted to bring him back – dead or alive. Maknazpy tracks the runaway through the narrow streets of old Lisbon until he is betrayed and the hunter becomes the hunted.
3: Susannah Screaming – Carolyn Weston: THE SECOND BLOCKBUSTER THRILLER IN THE KRUG & KELLOG SERIES…WHICH BECAME THE HIT TV SHOW “THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO.” It’s the turbulent 1970s, a time of social upheaval. University-educated ex-surfer Casey Kellog is the youngest homicide detective on the force. He’s teamed up with Al Krug, an older, tougher, street-wise cop resistant to change. Their latest case involves a vicious hit-and-run death: a driver in a Mercedes chases a motorcyclist, hits him, and then backs up over him again, making certain that he’s road kill. The investigation takes a bizarre turn when the victim is undressed in the morgue and the two cops discover that his corpse is plastic-wrapped in twenty-dollar bills…
4: Rouse The Demon – Carolyn Weston: Third Casei and Krug novel. Santa Monica ex-surfer Casey Kellog turned police detective investigates the killing of a hypnotist conducting therapy sessions for a group of young drug addicts.
%: Shawn O’Brien: Manslaughter – William W. Johnstone with J. A. Johnstone: first book in a new series, a spinoff from The Brothers O’Brien.
6: The City on The Edge of Forever – Harlan Ellison: graphic novel based on Ellison’s original script before Roddenberry rewrote it. Reviewed this past Friday.
and the ebooks:
7: Hell Town Shootout – Edward A. Grainger: latest from David featuring U. S. Marshal Gideon Miles
8: Holt County Justice – Richard Prosch: latest prose from Richard featuring deputy Whit Branham.
9: The Death of The Detective – Mark Smith: Brah Books reprint of a classic.
10: Wading Into War – Scott Dennis Parker: Houston, 1940. Scoot gives us P.I. Benjamin Wade, a laid back private investigator whose jobs are so mundane that he doesn’t even carry a gun. He thought his latest job was going to be easy. So he thought.
11: Blaze!: Six-Gun Wedding – JaLowry: latest in the adult western series from Rough Edges Press
12: Benjamin Buckingham and The Nightmare’s Nightmare(review copy) – Gregory Gershwin: What happens when you wake after a night of dreaming to find your favorite dinosaur character from your favorite TV show talking to you in your bedroom? You and the dinosaur panic! After nine year-old Benjamin Buckingham calms down, he chooses between chasing after the dinosaur into a secret world or… going to school.
U.S. Marshal Gideon Miles has always had more problems carrying out his duties than most marshals. You see, Miles is black and in 1885, the war and the reasons for it still weigh heavily on people’s minds.
So when on the trail of a gang of bank robbers and their fifteen grand haul, he finds himself caught in an ambush in Hell Town, Wyoming. No local law and the majority as crooked as those he pursues, the few honest are unwilling to aid a “black man” arresting whites.
Short of ammunition and surrounded, Miles must think, use his head, to get out of this mess.
I’m a fan of Grainger’s(David Cranmer in disguise) writing. Always delivers interesting stories in this series of Miles and his sometimes partner Cash Laramie.
Recommended.can be ordered HERE.
Sometimes known as SARTANA THE GRAVEDIGGER, this film, second in the series, has Gianni Garko, billed as John Garko for the American release, finds our hero framed for the bank robbery of an impenetrable bank. Bounty hunters were hired as guards and one dressed in the distinctive style of the most famous bounty hunter of them all engineers the theft, leaving him holding the bag.
A reward is put on Sartana’s head.
Bounty hunters Hot Dead(Klaus Kinski) and Deguejo(Gordon Mitchell) take up the hunt.
Soon the real Sartana, alarmed at what’s going on, starts looking into it. He has an assistant, Buddy Ben(spaghetti vet Frank Wolff), that serves as his Watson in this detective tale. The trail leads the pair to Poker Flats where the game is wide open and crime running wild.
Sartana is less spectral here, more of a straight forward western character. The directing reins were taken over by Giuliano Carnimeo(billed as Anthony Ascott) after some fall out between the first film’s director, Gianfranco Parolini, and some of the production people. Fans were divided on the turn of the series with this film and it’s moody, episodic framing. It retained the violence and atmosphere of the first, but giving it a burlesque air in the Las Vegas style Poker Flats.
I liked it.
Not an old book but bounty hunter Jack Keller is back after a long absence, the first new book since 2007, and a welcome return it is. DEVILS AND DUST finds Keller living off the grid after the events of the third novel, a quiet life in the desert, a new lady in his life, and no bounty hunting. Still with demons haunting his sleep.
But he’s been found.
His old boss and friend Angela has tracked him down looking for help. Her husband, Oscar Sanchez, and Keller’s best friend, has disappeared. He was looking into his two son’s disappearance on their way up from Mexico.
Keller is a hunter and Angela is confident he can find Oscar and the boys. Keller owes him and immediately agrees. Oscar, a simple teacher, had once saved Keller’s life at considerable risk to his own.
The trail will take him from a corrupt Mexican border town to a prison camp in the swamps of South Carolina, placing him against the worst in humankind, human traffickers, drug lords, and slavers, those that use religion to justify their excesses.
Terrific new novel by Mr. Rhoades in that genre defined by some as redneck noir.
IF YOU MEET SARTANA PRAY FOR YOUR DEATH was the first of five official films to feature the character. there were a number of films that featured the fellow that were mere ripoffs riding the coattails of the franchise. Gianni Garko played him in four of the spaghetti westerns and George Hilton essayed the role in the third entry.
This opening film is loaded with veterans of the genre in Klaus Kinski(Morgan), Fernando Sancho(Jose Manuel Mendoza), and William Berger(Lasky) being the main ones. A few other sprinkled through in minor roles.
The plot involves an insurance swindle perpetrated by those folks in charge, a bank director, rich men, hiring a Mexican gang, Mendoza’s, to steal a strong-box, and an American gang, led by Lasky, to kill the Mexicans. A mysterious stranger, Sartana, steps into the middle of this fight, revolving around rival gangs, the town’s bigwigs and the search for the missing loot. The usual sorts of double crosses follow, Sartana making sure he comes out on top.
The name “Sartana” first appeared in the film Blood at Sundown (Mille dollari sul nero, 1967), in which Garko played an antagonist called El General Sartana, completely unrelated to the later film series. But it was noticed, the film’s success in Germany, known by the short title Sartana. Italian producer Aldo Addobbati noticed that and set up a production deal with a German producer in Italy. Garko was signed with a clause giving him script approval.
One of the best of the spaghetti genre.
Clint Brennan was shot and left for dead, along with his dog Mutt, the last thing he saw were the two men dragging his wife Belle from their home. It was a third person that shot him.
Clint was blind when he came to, one shot having hit him in the head.
A little thing like blindness wasn’t going to stop him from saving Belle though. Mutt wasn’t badly wounded either and after a bit of bandaging, feeling around for supplies and one of Belle’s nightgowns, the pair leaves with Mutt trailing the scent.
Meanwhile, Belle gets rescued by a gentleman and taken to his home in a nearby town, he promising to help her get back to Bethesda Falls to see to her husband’s body. But there was always a reason why it couldn’t be done immediately.
A believably done story of a determined blind man to find and rescue his wife. And find out what was going on.
Really enjoyed this one.
1; Woman In The Dark – Dashiell Hammett: A young, frightened, foreign woman appears at the door of an isolated house. The man and woman inside take her in. Other strangers appear in pursuit of the girl. Menace is in the air. Originally published in 1933, Hammett’s Woman in the Dark shows the author at the peak of his narrative powers. With an introduction by Robert B. Parker, the author of the celebrated Spenser novels.
2: Scarlet Riders – Don Hutchinson: Richard posted on this collection recently and piqued my interest.
3: Tau Ceti – Kevin J. Anderson & Steven Saville: I recently posted on RED TIDE, the most recent book in the STELLAR GUILD SERIES. This book was the first. I hope to get all of them before I’m through.
and the ebooks:
4: The Bedroom Bolero – Michael Avallone
5: The Living Bomb – Michael Avallone: two entries in Avallone’s Ed Noon P.I. series now being released to ebooks.
6: Renegade – Lou Cameron: first in the author’s adult western series(originally published under the name Ramsay Thorne. If I like this one, got a lot of catching up to do(36 titles), though only three have made it to ebook so far. Charles Gramlich turned me on to these.