Friday, July 29, 2016

FFB: Dead Horse -- Walter Satterthwait

Summertime is rerun time, USA.  This one's from December 29, 2006.

Raoul Whitfield is known to many of us as one of the Black Mask boys, author of classics like Green Ice and Death in a Bowl. He was at one time the most highly paid mystery writer in the U.S.

In 1935, however, his writing career was not going well, and his wife died under mysterious circumstances. How mysterious? Well, that's what Dead Horse is all about. Was her death suicide, as it was declared to be, or was it something more sinister? That's the question that Walter Satterthwait tackles in this novel, with his usual panache.

Fine writing, tricky plotting, great characters, meticulous research: those are the things you expect in a Satterthwait novel, and Walter delivers in spades. You don't want to miss this one. Check it out.

Thursday, July 28, 2016


I spent a good bit of the day today at M. D. Anderson.   My doctor is Eleni Efstathiou, MD, who is, according to the nurse, a "super doctor."  She was very upbeat and optimistic, but I still have to go through a lot more testing.  She believes I have a treatable form of prostate cancer, but that's yet to be determined.  If I do, it's odd because some of the indicators don't point to that.  Let's hope she's right.

Thanks again for all your good wishes.  They've really helped me get through the days.  I'm not posting much, but I'm still reading.  Love to you all.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Hey, blog fans.  I'm out of the hospital after being poked, prodded, tested. and humiliated.  I'm in much worse shape than when I went in.  It's a long story.  Next week I'll try to get into M. D. Anderson.  The outlook isn't brilliant for the Mudville Nine.  I might not be posting here again, so I want to say now how moved I've been by your comments.  You guys are the best.  Even if we've never met in person, you are truly my friends.  Love to you all.