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April 07, 2009


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Some oldies, but goodies, which you may or may not have read:

All of Charles Willeford's Hoke Moseley novels, including The Way We Die Now, Miami Blues and New Hope for the Dead because, 'No one writes a better crime novel than Charles Willeford.' Elmore Leonard

Clockers by Richard Price. Utterly brilliant.

Slow Motion Riot by Peter Blauner. The greatest Hollywood crime movie never made.


PS There's a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar just waiting out there for anybody who gets Slow Motion Riot on screen.

David J. Montgomery

If you liked Clockers, read Lush Life. It's even better.


I sincerely heop this means the blog is back. I've missed it quite a bit.

frank sales

Summer is coming, so let's get some more recommendations happening!

Roddy Reta

A fine list, but these are all well-established writers. It would be nice to hear about some new talent.

David J. Montgomery

Bryan Gruley's Starvation Lake showed a lot of promise (although it would help if you like hockey, which I don't).

Alan Bradley's The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is excellent -- very charming debut.

I'd also recommend Travis Thrasher's Ghostwriter, an entertaining Stephen King-esque ghost story.

loretta mansfield

Have you tried the new Stacy Cochran?

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