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*** BEVERLY HILLS BOOK AWARD WINNER 2019 - SHAMUS DUST ***

*** ERIC HOFFER AWARD FINALIST 2020 ... SHAMUS DUST ***

*** INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS FINALIST 2020 - SHAMUS DUST ***

*** NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE AWARDS FINALIST 2020 - SHAMUS DUST ***

As a teenager I'd read all of Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe stories - not so long after they were written as I’d like to think - and they knocked my socks off. He wrote about Los Angeles and its neon-lit boulevards, its sour, gritty downtown and gun-toting cops (a novelty to this young European) and made them exotic. But what really got under my skin was Marlowe's voice guiding me around the next street corner, and beyond it into a stale apartment block or a down and low bar. He invited me to look o
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Janet Roger I’m well on into a sequel to "Shamus Dust" called "The Gumshoe’s Freestyle", set six months later in the City of London (of course), in the summer of …moreI’m well on into a sequel to "Shamus Dust" called "The Gumshoe’s Freestyle", set six months later in the City of London (of course), in the summer of 1948. Those immediate postwar years made interesting times.

"The Gumshoe’s Freestyle" ties up some loose ends, returns to some characters from the first story and develops with them.

Actually, there are a few connections scattered here and there in "Shamus Dust", though you do seriously have to know your Chandler to spot them. I liked the idea of some oblique, passing link between two cases that Newman and Marlowe will never know they once shared an interest in.

That said, the new novel stands on its own and takes our PI to an entirely new case. It’s been interesting to decide which characters to go back to, how fleeting or important they need to be, and of course, how to introduce them to a reader who doesn’t already know them from the earlier story.(less)
Janet Roger Well, I always did find that financial square mile - the City of London - exhilarating, but in 1988 something rather special happened there. Stop for …moreWell, I always did find that financial square mile - the City of London - exhilarating, but in 1988 something rather special happened there. Stop for a second and imagine you’ve got an absolute fortune riding on commercial real estate development, somewhere near to Wall Street. The ground is cleared, foundations are being dug out, and one day you get a call. It says everything is on hold, because excavations on the site have uncovered the first Viking settlement on Manhattan island! No kidding, something like that happens fairly regularly in the City, notably since reconstruction began after the blitz of World War 2. Today it can happen whenever a new subway is cut, or the latest, tallest skyscraper needs deeper foundations. In the square mile, the layers go right down to the original Roman settlement of London, and in 1988, a routine excavation for Guildhall’s new art gallery hit the jackpot. What the archaeologists found were signs of an amphitheater - think of the Colosseum in Rome itself - in the shape of an oval the size of a football field! Amazing. And it took another twenty years to preserve the remains in a spectacular gallery of their own. But it turns out those remains had first been recorded almost forty years before, when postwar reconstruction was first getting under way. The significance of what the archaeologists found, it was said, just hadn’t been spotted at the time. It set me thinking about the immense sums that were at risk - and the huge temptation to a cover-up - if the significance of the find had been appreciated. Only last year in Athens, for example, some ancient Greek remains were simply trucked out of a construction site (it’s assumed) and dumped overnight in a dry riverbed. Where the original site might have been, no-one could tell. Shamus Dust tells the story of another kind of cover-up at the outset of the Cold War. But in the most valuable square mile on the planet, the need is more urgent, the stakes are deadly, and the solution is nastier by far.(less)
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Raymond Chandler, Erica Obey, Sir Thomas Malory, Janet Roger




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For me the first and the third in this list weren't so very difficult because I've recently been reading the The Annotated Big Sleep for a piece called Tuned to Chandler, published in The Rap Sheet.

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