Saturday, December 17, 2011
Now in Julius Katz and Archie's first full-length mystery, the stakes have never been higher when a famous Boston mystery writer, Kenneth Kingston, tells Julius he wants to find out who's planning to kill him. The problem is almost everyone in Kingston's life has good reason to want to kill him, and this case soon plunges Julius and Archie deep into the world of murder and publishing.
Amazon.com: The Winning Hand: Tracker (Volume 1) (9781612328041): Robert J. Randisi: Books: "JUST TRACKER, MA'AM" It took just one hard-drinking, high-rolling poker game to make Tracker the owner of one of the fanciest hotels in San Francisco. With his buddy Duke Farrell, one of the West's slickest con men, Tracker took off to see his new merchandise. Tracker barely had time to get used to San Francisco's city ways before he was caught up in a boxing match, a couple of gunfights, too many fistfights, and more pretty women then even he could keep track of. But then, Tracker was always good with his hands.
Under Texas law, the city isn’t responsible for the damage. Rather, it’s considered an act of God.
Simon died Wednesday night in New York City after a brief illness, according to a statement from his family, and his death adds a solemn final note to the 70th anniversary of his greatest creation, Captain America, who leaped across the big screen this summer with the Marvel Studios film "Captain America: The First Avenger." The film grossed $369 million in worldwide box office and earned strong reviews despite early skepticism about the 21st century pop culture potential of a Roosevelt-era character who looks like a walking American flag.
Simon created Captain America with Jack Kirby, a key figure in American comics, and they would work together for various publishers as comic books went from quirky confections to American mythology.
Hat tips to Art Scott and Jeff Meyerson.
Video at the link.
Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.
Friday, December 16, 2011
Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.
Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.
John Ray, son of crime boss Antonio 'Tony' Ray, is the straight one of the family. With a successful business and a lifestyle to match, he wants nothing to do with his father's criminal world. But what does that world want with him?
A young prostitute is found dead in John's car, and Freddy Metcalfe, his best friend and employee, is framed for her death. Freddy denies everything but it's an open and shut case: he's going down for murder. John sets out to find the real killer.
But things get complicated. A stash of counterfeit money was also found in John's car, and the police seem more interested in that than in the dead girl. Then Lanny Bride turns up; one of the north's most ruthless criminals (and an old friend of the Ray family), Lanny is desperate to know who killed the girl. But why? Meanwhile, Freddy is too scared to talk to anyone, even his lawyer.
Publishers and writers are still attempting to grasp Pop Art today with frequent retrospectives of the key artists and themes. Andy Warhol appears larger than life more than 20 years after his death. From the late 1960s, books and exhibition catalogs have showcased the finest moments in Pop Art from Warhol and his Campbell’s soup cans (many, many times) to the comic strips of Roy Lichtenstein and Ed Ruscha’s startling mundane images of California.
Link via SF Signal.
Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
It all begins with Jack James' uncanny ability to uncover the deepest of secrets, wrongdoing and deceit. He is the John Wayne of news reporting in this novel as he shows true grit in the pursuit of truth and justice. Jack is a successful journalist who fights off his demons of insecurity, and his problems get even bigger when he gets engaged to Alli Wilkshire, the daughter of a powerful Governor. While investigating one of the biggest sex scandals the Presidential race has ever seen, Jack learns the ugly truth about thewoman he is set to marry.
But all is not lost for Jack…. The biggest fork in his road of life becomes his greatest gift - paved with love and happiness. The question is: Will he survive long enough to uncover it?
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
The street was left littered with apples after they pelted car windscreens and bonnets just after rush-hour.
Editor Silverberg traces the genesis of Super-Science Fiction from it’s beginnings as an outlet for numerous colonization/expedition stories to its conclusion with such stories as “Creatures of the Green Slime,” “Beasts of Nightmare Horror” and “Vampires from Outer Space.” It’s fun, it’s cheesy, and we’re really looking forward to it!
Clue for Day 10 (Posted December 14, 2011) Lauren
I’ve always loved literary fiction. There’s something exquisite in an author’s ability to inspire new waves of thought in narration. I love being introduced to new worlds I’ve never seen before, new situations of beauty or horror or sorrow that I know, the minute they enter my mind, I’ll never forget as long as I live.
But it takes work, literary fiction. You can’t just relax and passively read through Chopin or Chandler or Vonnegut. For literary fiction to really do its job, you have to pay close attention and really lend your whole self to the text for a while. This can be an astonishing and mind-altering experience, if you let it. However, literary fiction exists on a spectrum, with the low end being upmarket commercial fiction and the high end being (cue earsplitting, hysterical scream) modernist literature.
There is one particular author of modernist literature whose work I simply can’t get through. Ever since I ignorantly took a college intensive on this author in my senior year of college, thereby allowing him or her to effectively hijack my life, I have disliked the work of this very highly-acclaimed author of modernist literature. I will be haunted by it as long as I work in publishing, since modern authors quote him or her all the time.
Who is this author?
My clue: Guillermo del Toro
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
He must, he explains. That’s where the patients are.
“If they’re sick and can’t leave home,” he said, “I go to see them.”
Jimmy Wyler is a fighter punching his way straight to the middle. All he wants is to make enough dough to buy his girl, Lola, a ring. And maybe make the gang back at St. Vincent’s orphanage proud.
A slick mobster named Cardone has an offer for Jimmy – money, and lots of it – for a fix. Jimmy takes the fight. The ring is almost on Lola’s finger, until Jimmy collides with Whit – another mobster with another up-and-coming fighter.
Whit has an offer of his own. Same fight, different fix. Now Jimmy is caught between two warring factions of the Kansas City underworld. He can’t make a move without someone getting mad, getting even, or getting dead.
From sweat-soaked fight halls to darkened alleyways, the countdown has begun. With his girl and his manager in the crossfire, everything Jimmy ever learned about fancy footwork and keeping his defenses up may not be enough …
Fight night is approaching and nobody is going to be saved by the bell.
JUDGMENT is the classic action/adventure novel that was a runaway paperback sensation in the 1980s...and that skyrocked the career of Lee Goldberg, best-selling author of THE WALK, the MR. MONK novels, and THE DEAD MAN...
This is the ultimate JUDGMENT...as it was originally meant to be.
Brett Macklin was a freewheeling son of sunny California, a collector of vintage cars and a connoisseur of beautiful women. But when his father is murdered by a street gang, Macklin becomes something else--a deadly weapon against crime, a relentless vigilante who won't stop until he's wiped out the killers who have turned Los Angeles into a war zone.
William Gray and Phil Klotzbach say a look back shows their past 20 years of forecasts had no value.
The two scientists from Colorado State University will still discuss different probabilities as hurricane seasons approach — a much more cautious approach. But the shift signals how far humans are, even with supercomputers, from truly knowing what our weather will do next.
The first Matt Helm novel, Death of a Citizen, was released in 1960, just two years after publication of Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale—which hadn’t yet caught on in the United States. Otto Penzler noted, “Whereas Bond was a sophisticate who knew wine, expensive cars, and tuxedos, Helm lived much of the time in the American Southwest, drove a pickup truck, and wore flannel shirts.” The novel introduced a man in his mid-thirties, 6’4” and intelligent, who had been a military assassin eliminating Nazis during World War II.
By the time the crew arrived and put out the flames, the Linn-San Manuel Fire Department had lost the building, a pumper truck, rescue gear and medical equipment, The Monitor reports.
But there is a lot more to anthologies than Norton. This selection dives into the unheralded but vast array of anthologies published over the past 80 years and many are out-of-print. Of course, there are numerous collections of poetry and short stories because both are ideal for anthologies where the reader craves diversity and varying styles of writing throughout the book.
This is also another movie with a great soundtrack. In fact, right after the movie, which I saw in a mall theater, I walked down to a music store and bought a soundtrack cassette. A few years later, I bought it on CD. It's that good. Just for fun, here's a track listing:
|1.||Brown Eyed Handsome Man - Chuck Berry [2:16]|
|2.||Walking Along - The Solitaires [2:35]|
|3.||Elevator Operator - Little Richard [2:21]|
|4.||We Belong Together - Robert & Johnnie [2:45]|
|5.||Juke - Little Walter [2:42]|
|6.||Bo Weevil - Fats Domino [2:46]|
|7.||Adios - Little Jimmy Scott [3:28]|
|8.||Ain't Got No Home - Clarence Frogman Henry [2:20]|
|9.||Please Please Please - James Brown [2:45]|
|10.||Church Bells May Ring - The Willows [2:27]|
|11.||Heaven is in Your Heart - Darryl Pandy [4:05]|
|12.||Honest I Do - Jimmy Reed [2:45]|
|13.||Pledging My Love - Johnnie Ace [2:27]|
|14.||Sugar Daddy Blues - LaVern Baker [2:57]|
|15.||Just Because - Lloyd Price [2:47]|
|16.||Luckiest Girl in the World - Betty Boo [2:07]|
|17.||Dust My Broom - Elmore James [2:53]|
|18.||I Asked for Water - Howlin' Wolf [2:51]|
|19.||I'm in Love Again - Fats Domino [2:01]|
|20.||Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley [2:29]|
|21.||Why, Oh Why? - Betty Boo [2:40]|
|22.||Let the Good Times Roll - Shirley & Lee [2:23]|
|23.||A Rage in Harlem - Little Jimmy Scott [3:23]|
|24.||Heaven is in Your Heart (90s version) - Darryl Pandy [3:47]|
Monday, December 12, 2011
Amazon.com: The Vampire Film: From Nosferatu to True Blood Fourth Edition - Updated and Expanded (9780879103958): Alain Silver, James Ursini: Books: This newest edition will track the form's evolution from such 1970s reinventions as Count Yorga Vampire and Blacula, The Hunger and Vampire's Kiss in the Eighties, Interview with the Vampire, Bram Stoker's Dracula, and the Blade series in the Nineties, through 30 Days of Night, I Am Legend, and the Underworld series in the first decade of the 21st century. All these films plus celebrated international examples such as Thirst and Let the Right One In and the hit television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, New Amsterdam, Angel, The Vampire Diaries, and True Blood are covered in this long-awaited, completely revised, expanded, and redesigned fourth edition that follows the vampire figures, both male and female, through the millennium and beyond.
The investigation grinds to a halt when he discovers that the young murderers have fled to Somalia to fight in the rebel army. He's at his wits' end when the father of one of the boys, an ex-gang leader named Mustafa, comes looking for answers, wanting to clear his son's name and refusing to take no for an answer.
Bleeker and Mustafa form an uneasy alliance, teaming up to help bring the boys back home to stand trial. But little do they know what Somalia has in store for them.
Murder, warfare, piracy, love, betrayal and revenge. ALL THE YOUNG WARRIORS is an epic thriller that will have you white-knuckling your eReader all through the night.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
The bloody scene at the Kum Bak Inn is a different story, though, and one that is impossible to get used to: three men--including one of their own--slaughtered so brutally that their faces, arms, legs and even genitalia have been completely severed from their bodies. Two witnesses spared this horrific death are able to provide first-hand descriptions of the killers: three Mexican nationals, armed with machine guns, driving a cream-colored, four-door Oldsmobile.
These clues send Rafe and his colleagues down a twisting path strewn with leads and assumptions, many of which lead to dead ends after patient, plodding examination. But it's a meeting with their Mexican counterpart, Captain Lisandro Gomez SoliÂs of the Tamaulipas State Police, which sets them on the trail that will eventually lead them to the killers. The way is littered with suspects and shady characters, including a veteran car thief, unsuspecting drug mules, dirty bank tellers and double-crossing Mexican gangsters.
Foreshadowing the horrifying violence plaguing Mexico and the border area, Rolando Hinojosa's first mystery novel featuring characters from his acclaimed Klail City Death Trip series about life along the Texas-Mexico border was originally published in 1985 and has been out of print for many years. Partners in Crime is a procedural whodunit that will satisfy the most hardened mystery book aficionado.