Yeah, still reading up a storm here:
Eugene Izzi -- INVASIONS Pretty compelling story -- two
brothers, one a professional thief, the other just out from
prison -- get caught in a Mob powerplay. Some gritty
atmosphere, particularly early on, and much of the book has
an authentic ring to it -- but there's also blocks of some
incredibly hamhanded prose. (I think this manuscript could've
used another rewrite, frankly.) There's enough good stuff
here, though, that I'm curious to see what else Izzi
William Campbell Gault -- DON'T CRY FOR ME Very fine crime
novel. Fifties-era slacker gets involved with the wrong crowd
and a couple of murders. As much a character study of a guy
who can't fit into the post WW2 world as it is anything else.
A book that somebody ought to bring back in print.
Loren D. Estleman -- THE WITCHFINDER This is an Amos Walker
book, and like the others I've read it's certainly readable,
but rather workmanlike. Frankly, I think Estleman's Westerns
are more inspired.
===== Doug Bassett
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