Thursday, September 18, 2014

Academy Conversations: The Drop



Most interesting to me, as I never knew this, is that ANIMAL RESCUE/THE DROP was born out of MISSING DELORES.... [Editor's Note: I work for AMPAS]

Monday, September 15, 2014

Bouchercon 2014 - Panels

Likely not the final schedule, but lots to peruse with the release of the Long Beach Bouchercon panels. The Hungry Detective will be there Thursday PM to Sunday. I'll miss all the panels on Thursday, but I'll catch up with the authors I'll miss later in the weekend. I think I'm destined to take it pretty easy the days I am there. Four Bouchercons later, I've learned my limits. I will bring a lot fewer books to sign. Right it now it stands at 30 books. a misleading number because two authors account for half that number. 

About a week out I'll write a 'best of panels' post for the whole weekend.


Friday, September 12, 2014

Dennis Lehane on THE DROP + more

Dennis Lehane - Grantland Podcast

Here is a good podcast from the greater Grantland empire. I have listened to a lot of the Grantland podcasts the last few months. And just about every one is smart, thoughtful, and frequently silly. 

Interviewed by Andy Greenwald, Mr. Lehane focuses THE DROP in all its forms, but touches on his work during THE WIRE, and writing THE GIVEN DAY, LIVE BY NIGHT, and the forthcoming conclusion WORLD GONE BY. Plus a mess of upcoming TV projects. Check it...

Sunday, September 07, 2014

I'm gonna buy these books

In version 1.0 of this blog I wrote quarterly book release previews. I enjoyed that aspect a great deal, so here are a few things I'll buy in the coming months.

WAYFARING STRANGER - James Lee Burke - Out Now
A strictly non-series book from Mr. Burke is a rare occurrence...and honestly I am not even 100% that WAYFARING STRANGER does not refer to previous work. In the past, I have fooled myself into believing that I did not have to buy them to have the complete canon. That was foolish thinking. [Editors Note: A quick glance of Mr. Burke's website notes the main character being a part of the large 'Holland' clan.] 

THE RECKONING - Rennie Airth - Out Now
The first in this series, RIVER OF DARKNESS, lingers long in my memory. It is a great book. The two sequels are a case of diminishing returns. I don't believe either of those books survived the purge where as I would be loathed to part with RIVER OF DARKNESS. Perhaps it is the several year intermission between each book? It hardly matters as I my connection with the first is strong enough to seek the latest out when it hits shelves. 

THE DROP - Dennis Lehane - Out Now
A novelization to the coming movie which is also an adaptation of Mr. Lehane's highly regarded short, Animal Rescue. Of all the books on this list, this comes as the biggest surprise. The sequel to LIVE BY NIGHT, WORLD GONE BY was scheduled for a hot second this spring before being pushed a full year.  I wonder if this novel and that movie are the reason? [Editors Note: This could just be Amazon weirdness.]

THE SUN IS GOD - Adrian McKinty - September 9
I have blathered on and on about how I think this guy is great. You should buy all his books. His recent Duffy Trilogy is fantastic. Bonus is that Mr. McKinty is slated to attend this year Bouchercon in Long Beach. I have many books for him to sign.

PERFIDIA - James Ellroy - September 9th
A return to Los Angeles, and hopefully (more) complete sentences from Mr. Ellroy. Characters from the LA Quartet mix with characters from his Underworld U.S.A books to deliver what is likely a dense narrative of WWII era Los Angeles.

ROSE GOLD - Walter Mosley - September 23
Last year's LITTLE GREEN was the best Easy Rawlins since...well a long time. Walter Mosley and Easy Rawlins are a part of my origin story. I will follow them down the trail for as long as I can read words on the printed page...or until they force an e-reader into my hands...when in which case I'll open an Etsy shoppe and sell hand made books.

THE BURNING ROOM - Michael Connelly - Novemebr 3
Mr. Connelly has not missed in a very long time. It is a Bosch book this go around, and I can't help but think that Mickey Haller is the counterbalance to Mr. Connelly's Los Angeles. An obvious statement, but I mean this more for Connelly as an author of Los Angeles based crime fiction.

THE PROMISE - Robert Crais - November 4
Everyone is back for Robert Crais's latest. And I mean everyone. Elvis, Joe, that dog from the last book. Mr. Crais has been on a pretty solid run of books lately, and I mean come on....it is Robert Crais. Even an 'off' Crais is still better than 90% of almost anyone else.

NO KNOWN GRAVE - Maureen Jennings - November 28
One of my favorite authors. She is now three books deep into a series that I only recently discovered. Lots to catch up. [Editors Note: Read the first in the series, Season of Darkness. It was good but not up to the standard of the Murdoch books. Still, solid.]

Perhaps I have missed others, but my new book buying is strictly author maintenance. Perhaps in 2015 I will look to add an author to The Hungry Detective stable. I'll need to make more serious in roads into the back catalog of books I still need to fill out the gaps in the authors I already collect. I should gather names of perspective authors...

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

This is an addendum to the previous post

I bought another Edward Gorey. A SILENT FILM. It is the least illustrated book that Edward Gorey ever created...although I am not an expert. I bought it at an auction. An honest to goodness...albeit over the internet....auction. I frequent an Edward Gorey blog that announced the auction of a Gorey collection at the Swann Auction House. Of the 200 or so lots, three caught my eye. Which is too say there were delusions of grandeur. The day of the auction I watched two of three bids fall quickly away. One was for his first book, THE UNSTRUNG HARP, and the other was for his second Fantod Press package. Those lots sold for far more money than I thought they were worth. As for the third lot, A SILENT FILM, I was the sole bidder. Winner, winner, chicken dinner! It is a lovely little book. A screenplay with a sole illustration on the front cover. The book is a limited edition release of 100 copies. I have book 26. [Editors Note: This is incorrect, but for the life of me I can not remember to look at the actual number of the copy I own...and it it time for me to hit the publish button on this fella.]

So to bring you up to date there have been no further major purchases and in fact not a lot of looking. There has been some basic author maintenance with new releases. Too much money has been spent. I'll pin my hopes on another Pasadena book show and the Long Beach BoucherCon this fall. Which is probably when I'll update this blog again.  

[Editors Note: I made one more major purchase that I will detail soon, plus a Big 4 update, and a plan for the Pasadena show, plus some B'Con prep. Why exactly I thought this would be the last post for a bit is just silly...in fact this whole post is riddled with issues and should just be re-written.]

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Let me backtrack for a second...

[Editors Note: I wrote this post about six weeks ago. I have been tinkering with it since. It is a bog standard post so I don't understand my reticence. Even now I don't think it is done.]

My latest purchases are Edward Gorey books. I'll talk about them, but first let me go back. I bought the four most recent books by Adrian McKinty. I read them in about six weeks. The books were restorative in the exact way that I had hoped. A solid author turning in solid work. Perhaps that sounds like damning them with faint praise, not all. I found the Duffy Trilogy along with FALLING GLASS to be the most evocative books I've read in sometime. Along with the McKinty, the latest Michael Connolly, and likely the best Easy Rawlins in fifteen years means that I can't even remember the last book I read that was a dud. 

The California Antiquarian Book Fair happened more than a few months ago now. I talked up the lock I felt that purchasing James Lee Burke's HEAVEN'S PRISONERS was. It didn't happen. I never even saw the book among the 200-250 vendors. I get the show is not geared away for Crime Fiction, but I hoped Mr. Burke's work would be among the genre authors to make an appearance. I looked for other delights, primarily following Ricky Jay around for about thirty to forty-five minutes.

On a positive note there were small caches of Edward Gorey to be found. I ran across two copies of THE LOATHSOME COUPLE, both were only in fair condition. I also found some of the more pricey limited edition works that are fun to see and dream about owning. Finally, I found a copy of THE LOATHSOME COUPLE in what amounted to an unread copy in the last row. Easy purchase. The fact that it came under the amount that I had prepared to spend on the Burke made it all the better.

Anyway. I'm headed home in a few days. I'll hunt down some James Lee Burke's from the list, maybe get lucky on The TOURIST by Olen Steinhauer. [Editors Note: I did not, and came home with nothing]

More soon.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014