Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Monday, October 16, 2017

INCOMING


  • Stuart Kaminsky, Behind the Mystery.  Seventeen interviews with well-known American mystery writers:  Sue Grafton, Elmore Leonard, Donald Westlake, Faye and Jonathan Kellerman, Martin Cruz Smith, Robert B. Parker, Lisa Scottoline, James Lee Burke, Tony Hillerman, Ann Rule, Mickey Spillane, Michael Connelly, Evan Hunter/Ed McBain, Sara Paretsky, Joseph Wambaugh, Lawrence Block, and John Jakes.  A great line-up of authors (half a dozen of whom are no longer with us), interesting interviews, wonderful (and multiple) photographs of each subject (along with pics of homes, work spaces, pets, etc.) by Laurie Roberts, all in all a very attractive book (marred by at least one glaring inaccuracy/typo I spotted while thumbing through the book).  A keeper.
  • Robert B. Parker, Rough Weather.  A Spenser novel.  "Heidi Bradshaw is wealthy, beautiful, and well connecte -- and she needs Spenser's help.  in a most unlikely request, Heidi, a notorious gold digger recently separated from her husband, recruits the Boston P.I. to accompany her to he private island, Tashtego, for her daughter's wedding.  Spenser is unsure of what his role as personal bodyguard will entail, but he consents when it's decided that he can bring his beloved Susan Silverman along.  It should be a straightforward job for Spenser:  show up for appearances, have some drinks, and spend some quality time with Susan.  Yet when his old nemesis Rugar -- the Gray Man -- arrives on Tashtego, Spenser realizes that something is amiss.  with a hurricane-level storm brewing outside, the Gray Man jumps into action, firing fatal shots into the crowd of guests and kidnapping the bride -- but Spenser knows that the sloppy guns-for-hire abduction is not Rugar's style."  I've been catching up on Parker and Spenser recently.  Despite the fact that Susan is annoying and Spenser is a bit too-too, I've been enjoying the read-a-thon.  I'll probably wrap up the entire series over the next week.

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