RARA-AVIS: looking forward to...

From: Frederick Zackel ( fzackel@wcnet.org)
Date: 18 Jul 2006

Miami Noir. Akashic. (Akashic Noir). Nov. 2006. 355p. ed. by Les Standiford. ISBN 1-933354-13-5. pap. $15.95. Akashic's popular "Noir" series explores Miami vice with stories by James W. Hall, John Dufresne,) Carolina Garcia-Aguilera, Vicki Hendricks, and more.

Stark, Richard. Ask the Parrot. Mysterious. Nov. 2006. 304p. ISBN 0-89296-068-X. $23.99. Picking up where Nobody Runs Forever left off, master criminal Parker escapes from the police and into the hands of an eccentric and angry recluse bent on revenge. Stark (who is Grand Master Donald E. Westlake) lives in upstate New York.

Swierczynski, Duane. The Blonde. Minotaur: St. Martin's. Nov. 2006. 256p. ISBN 0-312-34379-5. $23.95. In Speed-like style, a flirty blonde poisons Jack Eisley's drink and tells him that unless she can keep someone within ten feet of her at all times, she'll die. If he wants the antidote, Jack must take her back to his hotel room. Thus, violence ensues in this second crime novel by Swierczynski (The Wheelman), who is editor in chief of Philadelphia City Paper.

Lastly... The Hammer of God has been stilled.

Fred Zackel

This week's quote:

Degas held women at a distance, turning his ballet-dancers and laundresses into anatomical studies. "Women can never forgive me," he boasted. "I show them without their coquetry in the state of animals cleaning themselves." Unlike the other impressionists he also hated flowers and the countryside.

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