Friday, March 11, 2005

Jicarilla Mud


When I got back from the Left Coast Crime convention, I mentioned Fender Tucker's Ramble House books. (You can read the post here.) I also mentioned that I'd picked up "Jicarilla Mud," a Ramble House 10-Cent Book written by Fender himself. It's really a novelette, but it's got an extra. It comes with a CD by Knees Calhoun. The CD has only one song, "Jicarilla Mud," and it's a great number. If you'd like to hear some of Knees's earlier work, I highly recommend this site. All the songs are good, but check out the Everly Brothers covers first.

"Jicarilla Mud," the book, is a period piece about the "oil bidness" in New Mexico in the 1950s. Or that's what it seems to be about at first. It takes an unexpected turn, though, and gets into some strange territory before it's all over. It's a fast-moving story, with good period details, some laughs, and a great cover, as you can see. Posted by Hello

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  1. The cover for JICARILLA MUD is by Australian artist Gavin L. O'Keefe, who is responsible for just about all of the covers found on the 200 or so Ramble House books. The Blue Spruce Restaurant was a watering hole for oil bidness people back in the 50s and my three brothers and I spent many an evening in the car outside while our father hobnobbed inside with his cronies. The sign in the cover was designed by me but it was more of a neon monstrosity that flashed red, blue and green in a pattern that my brothers and I knew well. Nowadays people would say we were being abused but we knew it was just Tucker being Tucker. Kids were tough in those days. There are more novellos in this series to come.

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  2. The cover for JICARILLA MUD is by Australian artist Gavin L. O'Keefe, who is responsible for just about all of the covers found on the 200 or so Ramble House books. The Blue Spruce Restaurant was a watering hole for oil bidness people back in the 50s and my three brothers and I spent many an evening in the car outside while our father hobnobbed inside with his cronies. The sign in the cover was designed by me but it was more of a neon monstrosity that flashed red, blue and green in a pattern that my brothers and I knew well. Nowadays people would say we were being abused but we knew it was just Tucker being Tucker. Kids were tough in those days. There are more novellos in this series to come.

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  3. The cover for JICARILLA MUD is by Australian artist Gavin L. O'Keefe, who is responsible for just about all of the covers found on the 200 or so Ramble House books. The Blue Spruce Restaurant was a watering hole for oil bidness people back in the 50s and my three brothers and I spent many an evening in the car outside while our father hobnobbed inside with his cronies. The sign in the cover was designed by me but it was more of a neon monstrosity that flashed red, blue and green in a pattern that my brothers and I knew well. Nowadays people would say we were being abused but we knew it was just Tucker being Tucker. Kids were tough in those days. There are more novellos in this series to come.

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  4. The cover for JICARILLA MUD is by Australian artist Gavin L. O'Keefe, who is responsible for just about all of the covers found on the 200 or so Ramble House books. The Blue Spruce Restaurant was a watering hole for oil bidness people back in the 50s and my three brothers and I spent many an evening in the car outside while our father hobnobbed inside with his cronies. The sign in the cover was designed by me but it was more of a neon monstrosity that flashed red, blue and green in a pattern that my brothers and I knew well. Nowadays people would say we were being abused but we knew it was just Tucker being Tucker. Kids were tough in those days. There are more novellos in this series to come.

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