Wednesday, 6 May 2015

APRIL 2015 - ADDITIONS TO THE LIBRARY......SOME OF AT LEAST

No blank canvas this month, but unlike March, I can honestly say I spent ZERO-NADA-ZILCH on books last month, so I'm not going to beat myself up.


Blog friend - Anonymous 9's latest offering!

Amazon freebie.

Can't beat a bit of Bukowski!

Legalistic crime fiction with a great cover.

Short story collection.

Apparently Keith Nixon pinched my name for one of his characters in this one. I did say he could though! I think I die. 

Latest Garnier book from Gallic Press!

Noir with a dash of zombies!

Amazon freebie. DeWildt's Dead Animals also waits.
Brash Books offering from Car Noir author - Philip Reed!

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

2 BY DAN SIMMONS

Dan Simmons was an author I first read back in 1985 when his debut horror novel Song of Kali appeared. I followed him for a few more books….Carrion Comfort, Phases of Gravity, Hyperion, Fall of Hyperion – which were either horror, fantasy or science fiction.

When my reading tastes change, he dropped from my radar; until I discovered he had written 3 crime fiction books which were intended as a homage to Richard Stark (aka Donald Westlake) and his amoral criminal Parker.  Stark had written a 16 book series with his career criminal starring between 1962 and 1974, before leaving the scene for 23 years. Westlake brought him back in 1997 with the ingeniously titled book – Comeback. A further 7 books followed with the last appearing in 2008 – Dirty Money.

Apparently Simmon’s man Joe Kurtz may be a Son of Parker.  There are 3 Joe Kurtz books. The first has been read and enjoyed and undoubtedly saved for a re-read. The second and third haven’t yet been cracked.

Joe Kurtz
1. Hardcase (2001)
2. Hard Freeze (2002)
3. Hard as Nails (2003)

I ought to read them one after the other.




Dan Simmons has written other books in the intervening years which interest me and I reckon I have at least a couple more of his somewhere.

The Crook Factory was logged yesterday in tub 30. Its set in Cuba in 1942, with an FBI agent tracking Ernest Hemingway, who is apparently working as a spy!





Hard Freeze

There's a bitter wind brewing in Buffalo, New York and it's blowing in more than just snow. "Little Skag" Farino, the last don of the local crime family, wants Kurtz dead and is sending in platoons of hit men, starting with the Attica Three Stooges and working up through more competent killers. Little Skag's beautiful sister, Angelina Farino Ferrara, is back from seven years in Sicily and has her own deadly agenda for Kurtz. 

If that isn't enough, Kurtz is approached by a dying concert violinist who wants his daughter's killer found. Rejecting the case at first, he is soon on the trail of a man who's not just the murderer of one child, but a cold-blooded serial killer who is a master of alternate identities and has the power to send a hundred men after Kurtz. As the bodies pile up like cords of wood, HARD FREEZE hits town with the power of a whiteout blizzard and builds to a truly chilling climax. This is a crime novel where trigger fingers freeze to blue steel.


Hard as Nails

Somewhere in western New York there's a remote mountaintop in the moonlight, its dark forests and moon-dappled meadows populated only by corpses, and if ex-PI Joe Kurtz doesn't unravel the secret of that place in five days, he'll be one of them.

Everyone seems to want a piece of Kurtz and most succeed in getting one. Unknown assailants gun down Kurtz and his female parole officer, giving Kurtz the headache of a lifetime but putting pretty Peg O'Toole on life support. While working his own case through a haze of concussion migraine, Kurtz has to deal with Toma Gonzaga, the gay don who owes Kurtz a blood debt, and Angelina Farino Ferrara, the female don who is after Kurtz's body - or maybe just his head.

And while someone is murdering all the heroin addicts in Buffalo and hauling away the bodies, a serial killer called the Artful Dodger hatches his twisted plan.

In Kurtz's corner is police detective Rigby King, a beautiful woman who was his lover when they were both rebellious teenagers in Father Baker's Orphanage. Rigby also has designs on Joe Kurtz, but whether they're aimed at bedding or abetting him, helping him stay alive, or simply putting him away for life, Kurtz will have to discover the hard way.

Dan Simmons has his website here.


Monday, 4 May 2015

LOGGING THE LIBRARY - PART THIRTY

Week 30 and another logged tub.



























It would make things so much easier  if all my books were the same size!

Frank Lean, Quintin Jardine. Chrisopher Brookmyre, David Morrell, Bill James,

Harpur and Iles series book.

Alex Garland, Daniel Woodrell, Russell James, Joseph Koenig x 2,

One of my all-time favourite reads!

Russell James - English 90's Noir

Joseph Koenig  again,

Daniel Woodrell - Rene Shade book

Quintin Jardine, Tony Hillerman, Stuart Pawson, Val McDermid, John Sandford, 

Jim Chee book!

Lucas Davenport series book,


Seth Harwood, Douglas Lindsay, 3 x Tarantino screenplays!

Not my favourite film of his!

US Crime

Olen Steinhauer, Donald Harstad, Charles Brandt, Val McDermid, Tony Hillerman and a very shaky camera hand

1970 Hillerman stand-alone.

Carl Houseman series book!

Dan Simmons, Ray Shannon, Dominic Martell, Donald MacNeil, Robert Daley, 

Dan Simmons book, hopefully more crime than fantasy or horror!

Ray Shannon AKA Gar Anthony Haywood

Bill Bryson, John Harvey, Tom Sharpe, Robert Campbell, Ken Bruen and Reed Farrel Coleman collaboration


Double act - no idea what it's about, no hints on the cover!

J.D. Rhoades, Mark Timlin, John Sandford, Stephen Fry, Cracker novelisation - Jim Mortimore.

Enjoyed one of his previously - years ago now

One in a long UK PI series. It was once a TV show with Clive Owen.

Non - Lucas Davenport from John Sandford.

Jason Pinter, Norman Green, Thomas Perry, Peter Blauner, Wladyslaw Szpilman,

Love the title, Mr Green had a blogspot a week or two ago.

Great cover, boxing and crime?

Jerome Charyn, Thomas Perry, Ian Rankin, Lee Child, George MacDonald Fraser

70's book re-issued.

Flashman - the series starter.

Can't beat a bit of Thomas Perry.






My favourite Campbell book so far.time for a re-read?






Overall -  a decent looking tub I think.

Highlights....looking forward to Thomas Perry, Ken Bruen/Reed Farrel Coleman mash-up, Norman Green, John Sandford, J.D. Rhoades, Joseph Koenig, Daniel Woodrell

Lowlights - nothing on the book front, only a whinge about Blogger and it refusing to play ball regarding formatting. All pictures on the right bar one........why, are you acting up?


FULL LIST OF 50.......

AUTHOR TITLE YEAR SERIES FICTION/NON
BLAUNER PETER CASINO MOON 1994 F
BRANDT CHARLES THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT 1991 F
BROOKMYRE CHRISTOPHER BOILING A FROG 2000 JP3 F
BRUEN/COLEMAN KEN/REED FARREL TOWER 2009 F
BRYSON BILL THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE THUNDERBOLT KID 2006 N
CAMPBELL ROBERT W. JUICE 1990 F
CHARYN JEROME BLUE EYES 1975 SI1 F
CHILD LEE THE HARD WAY 2006 JR10 F
DALEY ROBERT TO KILL A COP 1976 F
FRY STEPHEN MOAB IS MY WASHPOT 1997 N
GARLAND ALEX THE TESSERACT 1998 F
GREEN NORMAN DEAD CAT BOUNCE 2006 F
HARSTAD DONALD CODE 61 2002 CH4 F
HARVEY JOHN COLD IN HAND 2008 R11 F
HARWOOD SETH JACK WAKES UP 2008 JPM1 F
HILLERMAN TONY THE FLY ON THE WALL 1970 F
HILLERMAN TONY THE DARK WIND 1982 JC2 F
JAMES BILL TOP BANANA 1996 H+113 F
JAMES RUSSELL PAYBACK 1991 F
JARDINE QUINTIN AUTOGRAPHS IN THE RAIN 2001 BS11 F
JARDINE QUINTIN MURMURING THE JUDGES 1998 BS8 F
KOENIG JOSEPH FLOATER 1986 F
KOENIG JOSEPH SMUGGLER'S NOTCH 1989 F
LEAN FRANK RED FOR RACHEL 1994 DC1 F
LINDSAY DOUGLAS THE KING WAS IN HIS COUNTING HOUSE 2004 BT5 F
MACDONALD FRASER GEORGE FLASHMAN 1969 FP1 F
MacNEIL DONALD JOURNEY TO HELL 2009 N
MARTELL DOMINIC GITANA 2001 PR3 F
McDERMID VAL KICK BACK 1993 KB2 F
McDERMID VAL BOOKED FOR MURDER 1996 LG5 F
MORRELL DAVID THE PROTECTOR 2003 C1 F
MORTIMORE JIM CRACKER: THE MAD WOMAN IN THE ATTIC 1994 C1 F
PAWSON STUART OVER THE EDGE 2004 CP10 F
PERRY THOMAS RUNNER 2009 JW6 F
PERRY THOMAS SILENCE 2007 JT1 F
PINTER JASON THE FURY 2009 HP4 F
RANKIN IAN BLACK & BLUE 1997 IR8 F
RHOADES J. D. SAFE AND SOUND 2007 JK3 F
SANDFORD JOHN MIND PREY 1995 LD7 F
SANDFORD JOHN THE DEVIL'S CODE 2000 K+L3 F
SHANNON RAY MAN EATER 2003 F
SHARPE TOM THE GREAT PURSUIT 1977 F
SIMMONS DAN THE CROOK FACTORY 1999 F
STEINHAUER OLEN THE VIENNA ASSIGNMENT 2005 YB3 F
SZPILMAN WLADYSLAW THE PIANIST 2002 N
TARANTINO QUENTIN PULP FICTION 1994 F
TARANTINO QUENTIN RESERVOIR DOGS 1994 F
TARANTINO QUENTIN NATURAL BORN KILLERS 1995 F
TIMLIN MARK PRETEND WE'RE DEAD 1994 NS10 F
WOODRELL DANIEL MUSCLE FOR THE WING 1988 RS2 F