The blog of an easily distracted reader with HFA
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Perfidia by James Ellroy
Just finished Perfidia . First-rate. And relaxing: no one to sympathize with. Just enjoy the endless historical mayhem. Excerpts I apprecia...
Monday, April 17, 2017
The Early Stephen King: Night Shift
What makes the stories in Night Shift so good? They were written with a young man's energy and sharpness. And written to sell to a mark...
Sunday, April 16, 2017
The doubled nightmare: Patricia Highsmith
Beautiful Shadow: A Life of Patricia Highsmith (Bloomsbury Lives of Women) by Andrew Wilson Andrew Wilson's Beautiful Shadow  ...
Uncanny Oppenheim: E. Phillips Oppenheim's story The Two Spinsters
This is a charming book of interconnected adventures. They are not clued and puzzly classical who-done-its. They are stories of a bacherlor ...
Misunderstanding Roth's The Ghost Writer
Just finished this, a novel I first read obsessively in early 1984 after seeing the TV movie on PBS's now-vanished American Playhouse. ...
Friday, April 7, 2017
A distinctive amatuer crook trait: Dashiell Hammett's The Gutting of Couffignal
"Let me straighten this out for you," I interrupted. "We'll disregard whatever honesty I happen to have, sense of loyalty...
Saturday, April 1, 2017
Behind the lines: Dennis Wheatley's novel The Scarlet Impostor
Dennis Wheatley's 1940 novel The Scarlet Impostor is set in the World War II. I have read dozens of novels in the subgenre of spy-versu...
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