|Malcolm Pryce, Tony O'Neill, Helen Walsh, Martin Amis, John Irving,|
|Not the Tony O'Neill I thought it was, but I still reckon I'll enjoy this one!|
|John Irving - short story collection|
'A fiction writer's memory is an especially imperfect provider of detail; we can always imagine a better detail than the one we can remember. The correct detail is rarely exactly what happened; the most truthful detail is what could have happened, or what should have...Being a writer is a strenuous marriage between careful observation and just as carefully imagining the truths you haven't had the opportunity to see. The rest is the necessary strict toiling with the language...'
'With that in mind I think that I have become a writer because of my grandmother's good manners and - more specifically - because of a retarded garbage collector to whom my grandmother was always polite and kind.'
There follows six scintillating stories written over the past twenty years, including The Pension Grillparzer, previously only to be found inside The World According To Garp, and now given its first independent airing. The collection ends with a homage to Charles Dickens, of which the Sunday Telegraph said, 'so rousingly old-fashioned, so intelligent, so heart-felt, so politically incorrect and so correct in every way that matters, that it makes you want to dance naked through the streets brandishing a copy of Great Expectations.'
|Mark Childress, Sean Black, Chris Simms, Mark Brandon Read, Charlie Huston,|
|Charlie Huston, Geoff Nicholson, Elmore Leonard, Colin Bateman, Edwin Torres,|
|Joe Pitt novel|
Just ask Joe Pitt. After exposing the secret source of blood for half of Manhattan's Vampyres, he's definitely a dead man walking. He's been a punching bag and a bullet magnet for every Vampyre Clan in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx, not to mention a private eye, an enforcer, an exile, and a vigilante, but now he's just a target with legs.
For a year he's sloshed around the subway tunnels and sewers, tapping the veins of the lost, while above ground a Vampyre civil war threatens to drag the Clans into the sunlight once and for all. What's it gonna take to dig him up? Just the search for a missing girl who's carrying a baby that just might be the destiny of Vampyre-kind. Not that Joe cares all that much about destiny and such. What he cares about is that his ex-girl Evie wants him to take the gig. What's the risk? Another turn playing pigeon in a shooting gallery. What's the reward? Maybe one shot of his own. What's he aiming for? Nothing much. Just all the evil at the heart of his world.
|Colin Bateman - funny as f***!|
|Walter Mosley x 3, Patrick Neate, Gary Phillips,|
|Ivan Monk series book!|
|Gotta love those 90s Serpents Tail covers - Walter Mosley!|
|Another Easy Rawlins book!|
|Walter Mosley, Sebastian Faulks, Denis Johnson, Jim Thompson, Andrea Camilleri,|
|1954 novel from Jim Thompson|
|Tom McNab, John Boyne, Walter Mosley x 2, Martin Cruz Smith,|
|Early 70s Cruz Smith!|
|Declan Hughes, Carl Hiaasen x 2 John McCabe, Ray Shannon,|
|Carl Hiaasen - and his weekly rage against the machine! Collection of newspaper columns.|
For Ian HAS got away with it. His computer banking scam. It worked. All he has to do now is stay out of England, sit back and spend the impressive monthly salary he hasn't earned.
But as an unexpected glitch begins to threaten Ian's cosy lifestyle, he realises that desperate situations call for desperate remedies. Even to the extent of moving to the West Midlands and pretending to be a mediocre scientist called Darren.
Darren doesn't know anything about this, but he soon will. All he does know is that someone has stolen his identity and is spending it unwisely. His blissfully unaware existence is about to become caught up in something entirely of another person's making.
Archie has never met Darren, and wishes that he had never met Ian. But now it appears that Ian has resurfaced, and is passing himself off as Darren. Things are beginning to look up. For when identities are being traded, it takes someone of Archie's incessant dullness to triumph amongst uncertainty.
|Robert Crais, Jesse Kellerman, G. M. Ford, Sam Reaves, Various,|
|A novel by 9 folks!|
Alfonzo Zamora is the venerable Mexican Senior player who's just discovered he's going blind. Billy Sprague is the country club pro with a swing as elegant as an eagle in flight-except when money's on the line. Rita Shaughnessy is the hard-drinking, hard-loving, hard-luck golfer on the women's pro tour.
All three receive an invitation from multibillionaire Phillip Bates, founder of Macrodyne Software. To inaugurate his dazzling new course in Scotland, Bates is spending millions to host a tournament starring the superpro trio. The gala will welcome world leaders in the name of global peace and the universal language of golf. Launching Bates's new, revolutionary computer operating system, the weekend volley will also attract a long scorecard of wild and unanticipated guests, including the world's most elusive environmental terrorist, a Spanish caddie named Humpy who inspires bogeys, a caddish pro who can't pass the Rorschach test, a sexy male-female counterterrorist team who keep driving into traps of their own making, a certain naked golfer making a bid for his hole in one, and enough plastique to end the world as we know it....
Will things get rough in the rough?
Will the green run red?
Where is the mysterious nineteenth hole?
And in an apocalyptic final play that will determine the fate of the world, ecoterrorists will converge on the course for an explosive putt to end all putts. The "Good Walk" has never been more fun!
|John Le Carre, Charles Willeeford, Lionel White, John Lutz, Robert Goddard,|
|My man Willeford!|
|1955 - Lionel White!|
|John Straley, Mark Timlin, Paul Murray, Tony O'Neill, Daniel Lang,|
Clive "the Milkman" McCahon returns to his tiny Alaska hometown after a seven-year jail stint for dealing coke. He has a lot to make up to his younger brother, Miles, who has dutifully been taking care of their ailing mother - and, really, all of Cold Storage. Miles is a physician's assistant and the closest thing to a doctor this side of Sitka. But Clive doesn't realize the trouble he's bringing home. He's reformed now, and his dream is to open a bar-slash-church (a Cold Storage ordinance requires there to be as many churches in town as there are bars). Clive's vengeful old business partner is hot on his heels, a stick-in-the-mud State Trooper is dying to bust Clive for narcotics, and, to complicate everything, Clive might be going insane - lately, he's been hearing animals talking to him. Will his arrival in Cold Storage be a breath of fresh air for the sleepy, depopulated town? Or will it turn the whole place upside-down?
|The correct Tony O'Neill!|
|Tub 80 - sorted and logged!|
HIGHLIGHTS........Charles Willeford, Tony O'Neill, Lionel White, Elmore Leonard, Jim Thompson, Colin Bateman, Walter Mosley and all the rest!
LOWLIGHTS...... Nothing - not a bad book in the bunch!
FULL LIST OF 50 AS FOLLOWS:
|BATEMAN||COLIN||CYCLE OF VIOLENCE||1995|
|BOYNE||JOHN||THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS||2006|
|CAMILLERI||ANDREA||THE TRACK OF SAND||2010||IM12|
|CHILDRESS||MARK||A WORLD MADE OF FIRE||1984|
|CRAIS||ROBERT||THE TWO MINUTE RULE||2006|
|CRUZ SMITH||MARTIN||CANTO FOR A GYPSY||1972||RG2|
|FORD||G. M.||BLOWN AWAY||2006||FC6|
|HUGHES||DECLAN||CITY OF LOST GIRLS||2010||EL5|
|HUSTON||CHARLIE||SIX BAD THINGS||2005||HT2|
|HUSTON||CHARLIE||MY DEAD BODY||2009||JP5|
|IRVING||JOHN||TRYING TO SAVE PIGGY SNEED||1993|
|LANG||DANIEL||CASUALTIES OF WAR||1969|
|LE CARRE||JOHN||A PERFECT SPY||1986|
|MOSLEY||WALTER||A LITTLE YELLOW DOG||1996||ER5|
|MOSLEY||WALTER||A RED DEATH||1991||ER2|
|NEATE||PATRICK||TWELVE BAR BLUES||2001|
|O'NEILL||TONY||RED ARMY GENERAL||2004|
|PRYCE||MALCOLM||DON'T CRY FOR ME ABERYSTWYTH||2007||LKM4|
|READ||MARK BRANDON||CHOPPER 5|
|SIMMS||CHRIS||KILLING THE BEASTS||2005||DIJS1|
|STRALEY||JOHN||COLD STORAGE, ALASKA||2012|
|THOMPSON||JIM||A HELL OF A WOMAN||1954|
|TIMLIN||MARK||TAKE THE A-TRAIN||1991||NS6|
|VARIOUS||THE PUTT AT THE END OF THE WORLD||2000|
|WHITE||LIONEL||THE BIG CAPER||1955|