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May 24, 2015 02:38AM

58291 Franky wrote: "The author does have a knack for humor."

I really enjoyed the part where John Grisham signs books. (view spoiler)
May 07, 2015 12:47PM

58291 I've been holding off commenting until more people finish, but, what the heck - this was just an okay read for me. There are some very funny bits here and I laughed a lot. I particularly enjoyed the parts about the running of the bookstore and all the crime author name-dropping. BUT, the main mystery didn't much hold my interest. (view spoiler)

I can't help thinking that if this book had been written by a woman it would have been labeled a "cozy mystery."

I'm guessing the hard-core noirists are gonna hate it.
May 01, 2015 02:57AM

58291 This month's Irish crime read is a bit of a departure for the group - a humorous mystery.

In Mystery Man, our nameless protagonist owns a mystery bookshop that is not exactly thriving. To supplement his income, he takes up crime-solving and quickly gets in over his head. There are plenty of laughs to be had here and some delightful references to famous writers of the genre.

Apr 20, 2015 08:01AM

58291 Good to know. It took a while, but by the end of the book, I was fairly attached to the group.
Apr 20, 2015 07:13AM

58291 Algernon wrote: "I read all of them, except a couple of novellas. The second book is a bit slower and more political, but the third gets back a sense of wonder. The noir elements are still present in this third one..."

Do the characters from this novel appear in any of the others?
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Apr 06, 2015 08:29AM

58291 Goodreads friends have been invaluable in finding new crime fiction to read, either through group reads, recommendations or just by looking at their book lists.

I've also learned about new writers by reading other writers. George Pelecanos and Ken Bruen frequently feature characters who read crime fiction.

I'm more likely to try a new author if friends who have similar tastes have read and reviewed his/her work.
Apr 05, 2015 08:32AM

58291 We'll be leaving Earth for this month's read, though some of this sounds like familiar territory. There's a detective and a missing girl and money still talks . . . even though I'm not sure what currency they're taking these days in the Asteroid Belt.

This novel has garnered both Hugo and Locus award nominations, not to mention mounds of 5-star Goodreads and Amazon reviews.

So, let's boldly venture . . . well, you know the rest.
Mar 31, 2015 08:17AM

58291 Samantha wrote: "haha Yes, the "of course" got a chuckle out of me. Why can't men be nude under the same circumstances?"

I'm assuming the he-men of the thirties would have rather died than read about naked men. Or was it because it made them too vulnerable? (OR open to ridicule?)
Mar 31, 2015 03:41AM

58291 I got a chuckle out of these editorial guidelines for writers of Spicy Detective Magazine, 1935:

1. In describing breasts of a female character, avoid anatomical descriptions.
2. If it is necessary for the story to have the girl give herself to a man, or be taken by him, do not go too carefully into details. …
3. Whenever possible, avoid complete nudity of the female characters. You can have a girl strip to her underwear or transparent negligee or nightgown, or the thin torn shred of her garments, but while the girl is alive and in contact with a man, we do not want complete nudity.
4. A nude female corpse is allowable, of course.
5. Also a girl undressing in the privacy of her own room, but when men are in the action try to keep at least a shred of something on the girls.
6. Do not have men in underwear in scenes with women, and no nude men at all.

“The idea is to have a very strong sex element in these stories without anything that might be intrepreted as being vulgar or obscene.”

While prudish rules apply to the inside of the magazine, the cover artists were apparently free to lavish on the lasciviousness :


(From Nicholas Parsons, The Book of Literary Lists, 1987.)
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Mar 28, 2015 04:37AM

58291 Still wrote: "Melki wrote: "Leaning toward the pulp rather than noir side of things, I'm really enjoying Weasels Ripped My Flesh!

I highly recommend this one!"

Josh Alan Friedman - I need th..."

I found this one while looking for books by Bruce Jay Friedman.
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Mar 25, 2015 07:04AM

58291 Leaning toward the pulp rather than noir side of things, I'm really enjoying Weasels Ripped My Flesh!


I highly recommend this one!
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Mar 25, 2015 06:57AM

58291 Algernon wrote: "I also have Padura on the wishlist.
Next month (the poll for May) will be visiting Ireland, as we discussed earlier. After that probably another return to the US, and then, finally, South of the bo..."

Speaking for the other mods, we really appreciate your doing the polls. You've been suggesting great books that should be added to everyone's to-read lists. Keep up the good work, Alg.
Mar 07, 2015 08:27AM

58291 Speaking of absurd, how 'bout that (view spoiler)
Mar 06, 2015 03:02AM

58291 Still wrote: "Damn ...shoulda put that in my "review"."

You can always edit your review, though I think you summed things up pretty well. I finished last night and have to agree with your assessment. This is definitely one series I want to stick with.

I loved how Goldy dressed as a "Sister of Mercy" to move about the city undetected. (As I've discovered, dressing as a middle-aged woman will do the same trick; you are pretty much invisible.)

I first heard mention of Himes in a George Pelecanos novel I read almost a decade ago, so I'm glad I finally got around to reading him.

Thanks to all who voted for this one!
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Mar 06, 2015 02:53AM

58291 Jonesmikey wrote: "Tracer Bullet, Calvin and Hobbes. I haven't figured out how to post a picture yet."

Gah - I forgot all about Tracer. I found this link - I had to click on the images twice before I could read them, but he's a tough-talking, pint-sized dick, all right.
Mar 01, 2015 03:51AM

58291 This month's read is a true classic. Orginally published in 1957, this is the first book in The Harlem Cycle. Himes is a fascinating writer, one who seems to have lived much of what he has written.

In 1928, Himes was arrested for armed robbery and sentenced to 20 - 25 years in prison.
While there, he wrote short stories and had them published in national magazines. Himes stated that writing in prison and being published was a way to earn respect from guards and fellow inmates, as well as to avoid violence. In April 1936 he was released on parole into his mother's custody. Following his release he worked at part-time jobs and at the same time continued to write. During this period he came in touch with Langston Hughes, who facilitated Himes's contacts with the world of literature and publishing.

In the 1950's, Himes decided to settle in France permanently, a country he liked in part due to his popularity in literary circles. In Paris, Himes' was the contemporary fellow expatriate writers Richard Wright and James Baldwin, He died in 1984 from Parkinson's Disease.

Here is an excellent article about the book -

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Feb 09, 2015 02:37PM

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Feb 09, 2015 02:35PM

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Feb 07, 2015 06:01AM

58291 Josh wrote: "Ken Bruen is bleak heart breaking beauty. Can't get enough of him. I've been wanting to read James Sallis, what's a good book to jump in on?"

Mohammed would be a good member to ask. He's read a lot of Sallis.
Feb 03, 2015 09:30AM

58291 Algernon wrote: "I liked the prose, the mood better than the plot. It's not so much a mystery as a character study."

Yeah, it's all that, but I will say that it's been over two years since I read this one and I STILL REMEMBER IT. Maybe that says more about my memory (or lack thereof) than it does about the book. Anyway...what was I going to say next?
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