Re: RARA-AVIS: Whip Hand/Honey Gal

From: Joy Matkowski (
Date: 19 May 2010

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    The Honey Gal paperback was in demand and so expensive because the illustrations on the front cover were said to resemble George W. Bush and Condoleezza Rice. I sold one such copy in that price range, but that time is past and I guess I'd better lower my price on the other copy if I want to sell it.


    On 5/19/2010 7:30 PM, Mark Sullivan wrote:
    > Well, Honey Gal is in print under its original title, Black Mass of Brother Springer.
    > And isn't the Dennis McMillan published Deliver Me from Dallas Willeford's original version of Whip Hand?
    > Mark
    >> To:
    >> From:
    >> Date: Wed, 19 May 2010 09:54:25 -0700
    >> Subject: RARA-AVIS: Whip Hand
    >> At 5/18/2010,
    >> "James Michael Rogers"<
    >> Re%3A%20recent%20and%20upcoming%20reads%20and%20acquisitions>
    >> wrote:
    >>> I can't recall which hep cat posted the link to Whip Hand but I
    >>> really appreciate it. It's just a parody of the style, but a really
    >>> good one. Completely over the top.
    >>> James
    >> I recently read Willeford's "Whip Hand" and "Honey Gal," both in the
    >> Black Mask editions. As someone pointed out, there are typos in the
    >> Black Masks. But the price is right - "Honey Gal" goes for $100 plus
    >> in the used market.
    >> I was disappointed by "Whip Hand" - he uses a Faulknerian
    >> multi-narrator approach, but some of the narrators (the country
    >> hicks) are hard to read through. Parody? I don't think so.
    >> On the other hand, "Honey Gal" was a sparkling read, and is
    >> definitely recommended. Story about an "accidental" preacher in a
    >> black church in Florida. I see that another publisher has this title
    >> under the name "The Black Mass of Brother Springer." (See Amazon.)

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