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text 2017-03-29 02:16
Reading progress update: I've read 110 out of 185 pages.
The Golden Door - Bart Spicer

a while ago, I glommed onto a list of "Hard-Boiled" recommendations that looked interesting. it looked that way, because the list itself was compiled a long time ago--mid or late 1950s--and so seemed to contain many books and authors who were a lot more popular then than now. a critic advising on Hard-Boiled choices, doing it in the 1950s, wouldn't yet know which authors were sooner or later going to start to fade into obscurity and get overshadowed; he would suggest books that were selling well then--not knowing at least half of them wouldn't stay in print, unlike the immortal Chandler, Hammett, a couple of Cains, Goodis, Woolrich, and even my fave-rave Fredric Brown, who shimmers in and out of print, mostly out lately (shame...).

 

No, this became an opportunity to learn faded, "once they were, well, princes if not kings" names like Bart Spicer. all that said, this is much much better than my first try, Nightmare In Manhattan by Thomas Walsh. but then, that was billed as a melodrama, and the list-maker wasn't as enthusiastic about that one as the other Thomas Walsh effort I acquired, The Night Watch. I've saved that one, and have high hopes that when the label says hard-boiled, not melodrama, Thomas Walsh may yet sneak up and dazzle me from limbo. meanwhile, The Golden Door tempted me between the two Walsh options--and yes, this is a fast, terrific little hard-boiled gem. reminds me of Cut Me In, by Ed McBain, which returned to print recently, unlike this Spicer gem (I sure do have some old, thin little paperback to deal with...but it's holdin' together). things are lookin' up, from out in hard-boiled limbo!

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text 2017-03-28 22:28
I've read 16% of Lucky Supreme and...
Lucky Supreme: A Novel of Many Crimes - Jeff Johnson

I'm loving it so far!

 

Jeff Johnson is such an interesting man, and his writing appeals to me. It always has a noir feel to it, it's filled with a dry, black sense of humor, there's always good food cooking, and his writing style is vivid and clear. 

 

My question is why he isn't more well known?

 

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review 2017-03-28 22:15
Born A Crime: A Review
Born a Crime - Trevor Noah

I first heard of Trevor Noah while scrolling through my Facebook feed, a few days later I found out there was a book he had written. I was intrigued by his story at this point and wanted to know what his book was about. I was not disappointed. This is one of those books that leave an impression. Trevor writes with such a down to earth, non-apologetic, and honest attitude that is hard to find now days. What I loved the most is that he relates the stories as matter-of-fact stories and inserts humor, wisdom, and seriousness at the exact moment it is needed. Some of his stories are heart wrenching, some are funny and truth be told I was laughing hysterically at some of his anecdotes (I'm sure I had some weird glances from those sitting close to me on my commute to work), and some come with great insights. Even though Trevor's life couldn't have been any more different than mine, I was able to identify with so many stories and truths from this book; from his relationship to his mother, to his relationship to his past, and more. Trevor has a keen understanding of humanity, of what makes humans do what they do and stay where they stay, of being aware that although we are all different - in a way we are all the same. I am glad I read this book because I know for sure it has opened my eyes to more of the world that we sometimes care to see.

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text 2017-03-28 14:47
Reading progress update: I've read 24 out of 185 pages.
The Golden Door - Bart Spicer

thefts all around him at his boss' big store, for Carney Wilde to investigate--but so far, no murders. why do I think that may change? almost everyone introduced, besides Carney, gives me the creeps.

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text 2017-03-28 04:36
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 185 pages.
The Golden Door - Bart Spicer

my impression is that Bart Spicer is a name forgotten...a writer whose novels have not survived the test of time. but way way back, he wrote a Mystery/Hard-Boiled series starring a guy named Carney Wilde. and how could I ignore forever a hero named Carney Wilde?? not possible!

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