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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. The Best A Scanner Darkly, by Philip K. Dick (1977) – This is one of PKD’s top-tier novels, and the best book I’ve read … Continue reading

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A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick

A Scanner Darkly, a 1977 novel by Philip K. Dick is reviewed. I focus on the theme of self-awareness and intellect. Continue reading

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The Confessions of Nat Turner, by William Styron

50 years after publication, this deserves to be read. Continue reading

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Five More Books from Hard Case Crime

Continuing the tour into the Hard Case Crime catalogue, we have five more crime novels, including two from Lawrence Block that almost bookend his entire career: ……. Grifter’s Game (1961), by Lawrence Block is an early noir story about a … Continue reading

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Five Books from Hard Case Crime

Over the past couple of years, I’ve been dipping into the genre of crime fiction – the blanket┬áterm I’ll use to cover noir, mystery, and police procedural stories. I started with a few Jim Thompson paperbacks and the two fantastic … Continue reading

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Tom O’Bedlam by Robert Silverberg

Continuing our mini-tour through Robert Silverberg’s post-1980 novels, we have the 1985 SF epic Tom O’Bedlam, about a vagrant possessed with uncanny visions. Although I found many things to appreciate in both Gilgamesh the King and Star of Gypsies (both … Continue reading

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