From: GERLACH, Steve (
Date: 27 Feb 2005

G'day Richard,

Let me know what you think when you've read the novel.

I...ah... <<<confession time>>> collect books about Ventriloquist Dummies and would like to know if it's worth picking up.



> -----Original Message-----
> From: Richard Moore [mailto:]
> Sent: Monday, 28 February 2005 10:26 AM
> To:
> Subject: RARA-AVIS: Mr. Blur
> Anyone on the list familiar with MR. BLUR by c.c. dust (name always
> given as lower case) published by The Radiant Press in 2004?
> It was an impulse purchase today. I love the title and the cover art
> features the head of a ventriloquist dummy's head over a shadowy
> cityscape. I also liked the cover line "there's something wrong
> with reality" as it is a truth I first learned as a teenager reading
> Philip K. Dick and have been reminded of many times over the last
> quarter century as I worked in Washington.
> The book is labeled "A Paul Bezier Mystery" (with an accent mark over
> the first "e") and from the blurb I gather that he's a private eye in
> New York's East Village. Also featured is a detective named Ralf
> Westerback who in London 1888 "pursues a sinister figure through the
> blind alleyways of Whitechapel."
> I'm up for a novel that mixes a bit of fantasy or SF into the PI
> form, as this one appears to do.
> Opening at random I read the following paragraph that somewhat
> dampened my enthusiasm:
> "Kyoko Jones, a lithe, athletic woman wearing a black leather
> catsuit, blocks the doorway. She carries an 8 mm Beretta strapped to
> one thigh and a carbon steel throwing knife pressed against the
> other. Her eyes are blue as an American sky but the rest of her face
> (except for her hair, which is long and blonde as a valley girl's) is
> basically Asian. Her hands are encased in black Micromesh gloves
> that look like chain mail and act like a set of super brass
> knuckles. They click softly."
> I sense some influence here from the modern graphic novel, a form I
> should know better than I do. I'll grant the catsuit--I'm not sure
> where or when we are in this randomly selected paragraph--but the 8
> mm Beretta gives me some trouble. Beretta makes a 9 mm and a 7.62 mm
> (or whatever .32 caliber translates to) but I've not heard of an 8
> mm. Someone will correct me if I am wrong. If it is set in a
> fantasy world, they might have an 8 mm there but in a writer's group
> I would nitpick the point.
> But what really gives me trouble is imagining this lethal babe with a
> sizable handgun strapped to one thigh and a throwing knife strapped
> to the other. He talks about her fingers clicking within her metal
> gloves, what about those thighs!? Unless she is as bow-legged as
> Gabby Hayes, she'd rattle louder than Elijah Baley with a bad
> hangover and give off more sparks than the average Zippo lighter.
> Well now, I seem to have reviewed a novel based on one random
> paragraph, wildly mixing cultural references as I go along. So
> unfair. So much fun. A few more paragraphs like that one and the
> novel will have repaid me in entertainment value.
> But I would still appreciate any info or views of MR. BLUR or mr.
> dust (who glancing inside again appears to also be a character in the
> novel).
> Richard Moore
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