Saturday, 18 March 2017

JOE R. LANSDALE - THE STEEL VALENTINE (1991)


Synopsis/blurb….

“Even before Morley told him, Dennis knew things were about to get ugly. A man did not club you unconscious, bring you to his estate and tie you to a chair in an empty storage shed out back of the place if he merely intended to give you a valentine. Morley had found out about him and Julie.”

A short story in the tradition of Fleming or Dahl, “The Steel Valentine” is a gem, exemplifying the suspense writing of Joe Lansdale.

Another short February read and a chance to keep the scoreboard ticking over on my reading stats.
Joe Lansdale serves up a gritty and graphic tale of a cuckolded husband exacting a little bit of retribution.

“Spare me the innocent act, lover boy. You’ve been laying the pipe to Julie, and I don’t like it.”

Morley, the husband and Dennis, the boyfriend discuss their differences in a storage shed, only instead of port and a couple of cigars, one’s been beaten unconscious and tied up with ropes. Seven hungry Dobermans await the conclusion of the talks.
Graphic violence, humour in our verbal exchanges and a satisfying outcome. I do like the author’s work.

Bonus material includes an introduction to his book Waltz of Shadows

4 from 5

Joe R. Lansdale has his website here. You can grab a free short story from him every Thursday I believe.


Read in February, 2017
Published 1991 (my e-version was released 2011)
Page count – 29
Source – Amazon purchase, probably free

Format - Kindle

11 comments:

  1. I have been reading about Joe R. Lansdale's work. I will check out his short stories.

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    1. Prashant, a few are also free on Amazon I believe as well as his website.

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  2. Short stories really can be great alternatives, Col. I'll admit, this one is probably not for me. But I'm very glad you enjoyed it.

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    1. Margot thanks. I'm sure you would enjoy some of his work, but yes probably not so much this one.

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  3. Col – Lansdale’s humor is a hoot, and mixed with the violence makes it funnier and ghastly at the same time. I will add it to the Kindle. Thanks.

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    1. Elgin - agreed. This is a good filler read, I'm sure you'll like it.

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  4. Someday I am going to read something by Lansdale. Based on recent reviews of his books, his writing may be too violent for me, but still going to read one to see.

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    1. Tracy, there's plenty for you to choose from and I hope you can find something agreeable for you. I'm going to keep reading him, there's plenty of novels in the tubs.

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  5. I have read some Lonsdale, but am happy not to start on his short stories.

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    1. I quite like them and they keep me crunching the numbers.

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  6. There is a chance you are qualified to get a free $1,000 Amazon Gift Card.

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