I had a good week with book purchases. Let’s have a little look-see at the covers of the classics I’ll soon be reading.
Ed McBain’s The Gutter and the Grave. I see a lot of McBain fiction on the shelves and have never been particularly drawn to pick it up, but could not pass off a Hard Case Crime copy for under $4. My brother has read it and tells me that it’s good.
Day Keene’s Home Is The Sailor. I’m keen (sorry for the pun) to read this one as I have already enjoyed Keene’s The Brimstone Bed. This one won’t take me long to get to.
Robert Terrall’s Kill Now, Pay Later has a cover that intrigues me. Obvious use of sexuality to sell, and it works on so many levels, except for the shading on her stomach that at a glance always makes me think this chick has wicked abs and is dressed for a muscle show. Kind of changes the context of the cover and makes me think I bought a very different book.
David Dodge’s The Last Match. It’s got a very Redford/Newman cover, to me.
Ken Bruen & Jason Starr’s Slide has a pretty awesome cover, and sounds like a very cool book.
Shane Maloney’s The Brush Off is meant to be very good. Another sub-$4 bargain, how can you say no?
I can’t wait to slowly sink my teeth into them all. I’m currently reading Richard Telfair’s The Corpse That Talked. It’s an easy little piece of pulp/spy crime that has a few twists and a few heads with bullets in them.
As for writing, I’m over 82k and it’s all looking good. Each day brings a new messed up little scene for me to write about, and I think the story will most like stretch its legs over 100k, but that’s okay. I have no problem with that. I know I’m in the story’s last 20 hours or so and it’ll all fit together very nicely, I assume.
Posted on September 6th, 2009 by ryan
Filed under: books