Pick of the month and the only 5 STAR read - GOODBYE TO AN OLD FRIEND by Brian Freemantle, an early 70s Cold War thriller
|PICK OF THE MONTH!|
4.5 STAR READS - 3 of; Ralph Dennis and The Charleston Knife is Back in Town, E. Michael Helms and his Vietnam memoir - The Proud Bastards and Charles Willeford and his mid-50s novel Pick-Up
4 STAR READS - 4 of; Attica Locke - Bluebird, Bluebird, David B. Lyons and Whatever Happened to Betsy Blake, T.S. Hunter and Tainted Love and Lawrence Block with his dirty little tale - Sweet Little Hands
3.5 STAR READ - 1 of - David Gordon's The Bouncer
I spent time in the company of......
a bouncer with a secret background and easily able to break the law, with an FBI agent in pursuit
a black Texas Ranger with an alcohol dependency investigating murder with possible racial connotations
a dying man seeking urgent answers to his daughter's disappearance
an ex-cop PI with his sidekick trying to save a kid, bag some loot and avoid the sharp end of the Charleston Knife's weapon of choice
a pair of alcoholics, tired of life
a couple of grieving friends, trying to find a murderer
a raw recruit, about to experience jungle warfare on the other side of the world
a Russian defector and a British intelligence officer trying to de-brief him
a married couple spicing up their lives with murder
New York; East Texas; Dublin; Atlanta; San Francisco; Soho, London; Parris Island and Vietnam; London and Kent, maybe Surrey also; unknown - probably New York
David Gordon - The Bouncer (2018) (3.5)
Attica Locke - Bluebird, Bluebird (Highway 59, Book 1) (2017) (4)
David B. Lyons - Whatever Happened to Betsy Blake? (2019) (4)
Ralph Dennis - The Charleston Knife is Back in Town (1974) (4.5)
Charles Willeford - Pick-Up (1954) (4.5)
T.S. Hunter - Tainted Love (2019) (4)
E. Michael Helms - The Proud Bastards (1990) (4.5)
Brian Freemantle - Goodbye to an Old Friend (1973) (5)
Lawrence Block - Sweet Little Hands (2011) (4)
If you're not asleep yet - anal analysis for my own amusement - read on if you're an insomniac ......
New to me authors in the month - 3 - Attica Locke, David Gordon and T.S. Hunter
I have more on the pile to read from David Gordon
Authors enjoyed before - 6 - David B. Lyons, Brian Freemantle, Lawrence Block, E. Michael Helms, Charles Willeford and Ralph Dennis
There's more on the TBR pile from 5 of them - Freemantle, Block, Helms, Willeford and Dennis
9 reads from 9 different authors.
4 were series books.....
The Charleston Knife is Back in Town is the second in Ralph Dennis's 12 book Hardman series.
Bluebird, Bluebird is the first in Attica Locke's Highway 59 series.
The second drops later this year. Tainted Love is the first in T.S. Hunter's Soho Noir series, the second drops in June.
David Gordon's The Bouncer is followed by The Hard Stuff which also features his main character.
Gender analysis - 1 female author, 8 male.
Another poor attempt at diversity in my reading, and the same as March!
Of the 9 different authors read, 6 hailed from the USA, 1 from Ireland, 1 from England and 1 who describes himself as UK - half-Welsh,
All 8 of the 9 reads were fiction, with 1 non-fiction read - E. Michael Helms' Vietnam War Memoir - The Proud Bastards
5 of the 9 books read were published this century and all this decade.
2 from 2019, 1 each from 2018, 2017 and 2011
1 book was from 1990,
2 from the 70s, 1973 and 1974 - re-published last year
1 was from 1954
2 came from the man-cave blue tub stash in my garage.
Publishers - Mulholland Books x 1 - Brash Books x 1 - Mysterious Press x 1 - Bloodhound Books x 1 - Red Dog Press x 1 - MacDonald x 1 - Pocket Books x 1 - Lawrence Block x 1 - Pan Books x 1
4 of the 9 reads were pre-owned,
2 were accessed at Net Galley early reviewer site, cheers to publishers Mulholland Books and Mysterious Press
2 were received directly from the authors - cheers to E. Michael Helms and David B. Lyons
1 was received from the publisher for participation in a blog tour - cheers to Red Dog Press
Favourite cover? Charles Willeford - Pick-Up (1954) - part of a 1991 MacDonald Omnibus edition which also includes, The Burnt Orange Heresy and Cockfighter
Second favourite cover - E. Michael Helms and The Proud Bastards
My reads were this long 224 - 249 - 305 - 170 - 196 - 132 - 273 - 144 - 21
Total page count = 1714 (2265 in March) ....... a decrease of 551 pages
5 were Kindle reads, 1 was ePub file read on the laptop, 2 were paperbacks, 1 was a hardback omnibus edition
1 < 50,
0 between 51 < 100,
4 between 101 < 200,
3 between 201 < 300,
1 between 301 < 400,
0 > 400 pages
David Gordon and The Bouncer was the longest read at 305 pages
Lawrence Block and Sweet Little Hands was the shortest at 21 pages long.