After that things settled down again, until an e-mail from 280 Steps advised me of some of their forthcoming titles, which included a re-issue of a Scottish crime author from the 60's and 70's - Hugh C. Rae and The Shooting Gallery. After a bit of web browsing and some help from Brian Greene at Criminal Element, I dug out some information on Mr Rae and some of his intriguing and gritty crime books from back in the day. Several were available cheaply so it would have been remiss of me not to have taken things that one step further.
Whilst on the Criminal Element site, I was looking at another post by Brian which concerned Adam Kennedy's The Domino Principle - a lost classic of noir apparently. Well I've got to have some of that, so a hop and a skip over to Amazon and another few positive reviews, particularly from Clifford - here. Bang the wallet's back out again! Roll on cold war, conspiracy, paranoia and a "perfect mystery/thriller" awaits me.
There was a movie adaptation of this with author collaboration and starring Mickey Rourke and Gene Hackman - The Domino Killings. The film isn't that great apparently and there was a second book called The Domino Vendetta which also features Roy Foster written in about 1985 - something I'll probably feel compelled to buy as well.
Having temporarily scratched the itch, I'm not making any rash promises for June.
Some of the acquisitions were....
|1970 assassination novel.|
|Short story compilation|
|Latest 280 Steps offering|
|More short stories|
|Essex crime with a psychic!|
|Great cover and title.|
|First novel from Out of the Gutter editor|
|Les likes it - good enough for me!|
|More Scottish crime.|