Tag Archives: PW

Death Lit: A Couple of Westlakes

— but both Westlakes are in the same book. Just like I did almost exactly a year ago, I got to review a repackaging of a Donald E. Westlake — originally titled Enough, back in 1977. If interested in that … Continue reading

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Death Lit: Down and Out in Sweden

And yes, I keep chugging along with reviews on the side. This somewhat recent one is close enough to the wording I turned in to qualify for a link. Someone did sub in the term “mean streets” in place of … Continue reading

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Death Lit: Is It Noir or Is It Dark?

Had another review pop to life. If you want to surf over and give it the old gander, feel free. I figure this one, more or less, is maybe 80% of what I sent in/intended. The intro by Lawrence Block, … Continue reading

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Death Lit: A Gangster Rap

While I’m  thinking about it, I had another review appear that is roughly 90% what I sent in — only 85% in the worse case scenario. Cut is my blurb that the book is “novelized history or history-heavy pulp,” which — … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Despite Westlake Owing Me a Beer. . .

Somewhere around here I have a postcard from Donald Westlake saying something like, “Beer? Beer? Surely we can settle this in a civilized fashion.” Years ago I went to a big writers deal in Fort Lauderdale, and Westlake was there, … Continue reading

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Death Lit: Gbontwi’s Gumshoe

While I’m knocking out fast, easy blog posts, I noticed that my most recent review for PW made it through edit 90-95% intact. Whoa. Guess I can link to that one. Crime novel, London neo-noir sort of thing. Surf over … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: McNaughton v. Vance

What was I thinking? In the post a month plus back where I kind of talked myself into rereading Brian McNaughton’s The Throne of Bones for Halloween, I realized that somehow I managed to put forth this opinion: McNaughton bears … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Oakley Hall and 1940s California

If you want to check it out, my latest review for PW just popped. The gist and much of the wordage is mine (if you can’t tell the especially distinct Don Herron touch, you’re unfamiliar with my writings of the … Continue reading

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Hammett: And Stein

Nathan Ward just informed me of a tidbit he did for Crimereads, about the meeting of Hammett and Gertrude Stein. If you have his bio of Hammett, The Lost Detective, you’ve already got the gist of the incident. Especially these … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Understudy for Love/Death

In other Willeford News, Hard Case Crime is poised for the official release of Understudy for Death in about a month — first time Willeford’s 1961 novel Understudy for Love has seen reprint. If you’ve never been willing to fork over … Continue reading

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