RARA-AVIS: Recent purchases

From: William Denton ( buff@pobox.com)
Date: 05 Feb 2005

Max Phillips, FADE TO BLONDE (2004). One of the new Hard Case series--had to special order it. "She was a little taste of heaven and a one-way ticket to hell!"

Gary Phillips, MONKOLOGY: THE IVAN MONK STORIES (2004). Beautiful edition from Dennis McMillan, with a CD enclosed. I've never read any of the Ivan Monk stuff. This is a collection of fourteen short stories, from 1995-2004.

Ken Bruen, THE KILLING OF THE TINKERS (2002). Bruen's stuff is still hard to find in Canada.

Hugh Merrill, THE RED HOT TYPEWRITER: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JOHN D. MACDONALD (2000). This looks fairly workaday, but after just a brief glance I learned some interesting stuff about JDM (e.g., he tried writing comedy and submitted a routine to Bob Newhart, who ignored it). Unfortunately it looks like it's short on criticism of JDM's books, but I'll certainly take a straight biography. I'd like to learn more about him.

Roy Hoopes, OUR MAN IN WASHINGTON (2000). A few weeks ago I mentioned that James M. Cain and H.L. Mencken appeared in a short story by Connie Willis. Here, they are detectives in a novel written by Cain's biographer! It's 1923, and they go to Washington to investigate a scandal in the Harding administration. I have Hoopes's massive bio CAIN, but have never read it. First line: "They threw me off the streetcar about noon."

John Williams, FIVE PUBS, TWO BARS AND A NIGHTCLUB (1999), and CARDIFF DEAD (2000). I recently read an online interview with Mr. Williams where he said his early books could probably be found in American remainder houses, and sure enough, I did. Heh.

Kent Harrington, DARK RIDE (1996). Not a purchase, since Mr. Morgan gave it to me, but it's a recent acquisition.

Edward Bunker, THE ANIMAL FACTORY (1977). I've never read any Bunker, but he's highly recommended by people on the list.


William Denton : Toronto, Canada : http://www.miskatonic.org/ : Caveat lector.

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