Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Books March 2010

Books March 2010

The list
The Last Good Kiss by James Crumley
The Handle by Richard Stark
The Affinity Bridge by George Mann
A Man of Affairs by John D Mac Donald
Texas Wind by James Reasoner
Fake I.D. by Jason Starr

It's just flying by these months of the new year. I managed to read a nice handful of books this past month. I got my Hard Case (Fake I.D.) and my John D MacDonald fix, along with a solid Richard Stark Parker entry. The Last Good Kiss was a interesting and unexpected read. It follows a PI as he first follows a writer on a binge across the west and then looks for the long missing daughter of a Bay Area Bar Owner. It had the echos of that 70s era counter culture asking questions about selling out, and made me think of the early Fletch books for some reason-- either way it's worth checking out. As is Texas Wind, a 1980 PI novel set in Texas which I really enjoyed. It had a nice feel and even though it is pretty straight forward it has some nice twists. I reminded me that a first novel really should be simple direct story for most writers. Lastly I have to talk about the Steam Punk Detective novel the Affinity Bridge, which follows a pair of London investigators as they look into first a spectral killer and then the crash of an Airship. It was fun and moved along at a good clip. The answer to the mysteries came to me pretty early on, and I would have liked a little more depth to the characters, but it was a fine start to what I think is going to be an interesting series.

That's it for this month,


pattinase (abbott) said...

Don't think I ever read that MacDonald. Thought I had read about all of them.

Iren said...

Patti- I picked it cause it was a different kind of book for MacDonald, the focus was on the behavior of a corporate raider types and his hangers on. The death and adventure stuff was in the book but only at the end. In April I have already picked out A Purple Place for Dying for my JDM book.