RARA-AVIS: This months Ellery Queen

From: Dave Zeltserman ( davezelt@comcast.net)
Date: 01 Sep 2005

I have a story in this month's Ellery Queen (November issue) that's part tribute to Jim Thompson's wonderful Mitch Allison stories and his Texas by the Tail which I consider an extension to his Mitch Allison character. The story is called Money Run and is filled with grifts, double- and triple- crosses. Anyone at Bouchercon next week will get a copy, and if you like conman stories with lots of twists I think you'll like this one.

I thought I had read all of Thompson's books a while ago, but a friend was mentioning South of Heaven and I realized that one had slipped by. While it doesn't have the power of Thompson's darker books, this one's quite good and I highly recommend it to people who liked Heed the Thunder and Now and on Earth. The book is somewhat autobiographical, the story being related by a man in his sixties about an episode in his life when he was 21 and working on a gas pipeline in West Texas. There's a payroll robbery in the backdrop that the narrator is trying to prevent.

Dave Zeltserman http://www.hardluckstories.com

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