Monthly Archives: October 2017

October reads – a list

I stocked up on some quick-to-read crime fiction this month, with plenty of Hard Case Crime volumes and a couple books out of the Parker series. It seems I stumbled across some below-average examples of both: Westlake definitely created a … Continue reading

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Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny

Organized religion has been in a long, slow retreat across the West since the middle of the 20th century, as our culture has become increasingly secular, socially liberal and more willing to turn to science for understanding. Whether we see … Continue reading

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A Diet of Treacle by Lawrence Block

For the most part, reading the early books of famed crime writer Lawrence Block have been low-risk, entertaining tasks. I often see prototypes of characters later written into the Matthew Scudder series, but the plots have been consistently clear and … Continue reading

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Two unpleasant titles from Hard Case Crime

No sooner do I praise Hard Case Crime for being having consistently entertaining titles in their back-catalog than I come across a pair of books overstuffed with gratuitous violence. I understand that the genre has its lurid side – steeped … Continue reading

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A Touch of Death by Charles Williams

Hard Case Crime publications are reliably entertaining reads, and so far have been always worth acquiring. Besides novels from new writers or rediscovered works from established names, HCC has featured titles from genre authors who have been largely obscured by … Continue reading

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Three Donald Westlake titles from Hard Case Crime

The prodigious crime fiction writer Donald Westlake (1933-2008) has been a featured author of the Hard Case Crime imprint, with eight published titles to date. The Hard Case Crime brand has so far been an indicator of entertaining books, and … Continue reading

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September reads – a list

This is a list of the month’s reading experiences, with a sentence or two about each.

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