Monday 6 June 2016


Another tub, as my enthusiasm for this project wanes, even with the finishing line in sight. A lot more logged than to be logged. Anyway here's the latest 50.......

Tub 73

Xinran, Edward Wilson, John Williams (ed.), John Sandford, Garry Disher, 

Aussie Crime!

One of Sandford's two series - probably Virgil Flowers.

Charlie Higson, John McCabe, Lauren Henderson, Tobias Wolff, Alan Furst,

Memoir from Wolff. I might look the film up, as I like DeNiro.

Charlie Higson of Fast Show fame (and lots more besides)

Arne Dahl, Colin Bateman, S. J. Rozan, John B. Spencer, Michael Herr, 

Tom Kakonis, Stuart Pawson, James McClure, Dale A. Dye, Ian Fleming, 

James McClure book 7 in the Kramer and Zondi series 

Platoon - Dale A. Dye - powerful film.

Len Deighton, Joe Gores, Max Allan Collins, Frank Lean, Sue Grafton,

Len Deighton series book!

Paul Johnston, John M. Del Vecchio, Anthony Holden, John D. MacDonald, Mohammed Hanif,

Travis McGee series book

Anthony Holden - non-fiction book about gambling.

Tom Wolfe, Joe Gores, Lee Child, William Gay, Sue Grafton, 

Jack Reacher series

Joe Gores
Interface (1974)........Neil Fargo is a San Francisco private investigator hired by the wealthy Maxwell Stayton to find his missing daughter. His search takes him into the very heart of the city's ugly underbelly. And Fargo makes the move into the drug business at just about the same time as Docker, a Vietnam veteran with close links to Fargo, is storming through San Francisco's criminal underworld on a murderous campaign of revenge.

William GayIn a literary voice that is both original and powerfully unsettling, William Gay tells the story of Nathan Winer, a young and headstrong Tennessee carpenter who lost his father years ago to a human evil that is greater and closer at hand than any the boy can imagine-until he learns of it first-hand. Gay's remarkable debut novel, The Long Home, is also the story of Amber Rose, a beautiful young woman forced to live beneath that evil, who recognizes even as a child that Nathan is her first and last chance at escape. And it is the story of William Tell Oliver, a solitary old man who watches the growing evil from the dark woods and adds to his own weathered guilt by failing to do anything about it. Set in rural Tennessee in the 1940s, The Long Home will bring to mind once again the greatest Southern novelists and will haunt the reader with its sense of solitude, longing, and the deliverance that is always just out of reach.
P. G. Sturges, Olen Steinhauer, John Grisham, Joe Gores, David Levien, 

David Levien
Jamie Gabriel gets on his bike before dawn to deliver newspapers in his suburban Indianapolis neighborhood. Somewhere en route, he vanishes without a trace. Fourteen months later, Paul and Carol Gabriel are on the verge of abandoning hope that police will ever find a trace of their son, when they discover private investigator Frank Behr. Behr is an enigmatic mountain of a man who doesn't make it a practice to take hopeless cases, but Paul's plea for help awakens a personal pain that Behr can't ignore. He begins an unrelenting quest for answers that is in turn dangerous, haunting, and thrilling, and will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

Richly textured, superbly poised, and charged with unrelenting suspense, CITY OF THE SUN introduces a private detective as complex, idiosyncratic, and sympathetic as Crais's Elvis Cole and Connelly's Harry Bosch. David Levien is a gifted storyteller.

Shortcut Man novel - P. G. Sturges

Jim Nisbet, David Corbett, Shuichi Yoshida,

David Corbett - 2003 novel

Jim Nisbet
Jim Nisbet is a cult favorite in Europe and it's easy to see why. He's "a lot more than just good . . . his style has overtones of Walker Percy's smooth southern satin, but his characters--losers, grifters, con men--hark back to the days of James M. Cain's twisted images of morality," writes the Toronto Globe-Mail. In the tradition of Jim Thompson and Damon Runyon, Jim Nisbet is too good to miss and Windward Passage is a masterpiece that raises the bar even for a master like Nisbet.

In the parallel near-future, a ship named for a jellyfish sinks into the Caribbean with its captain chained to the mast. Left behind is a logbook missing ten pages, presidential DNA hidden in a brick of smuggled cocaine, and a nearly- completed novel. Tipsy, the dead sailor's sister, and Red Means, his erstwhile employer, travel from San Francisco to the Caribbean and back as they attempt to unravel a mystery that rapidly widens from death at sea to international conspiracy.

With verve and humor to match the Illuminati Trilogy, Nisbet has fashioned an engaging facsimile of our modern world, albeit with snappier dialogue, amped-up technology, and even more clearly stated political prejudices. "Neither Norman Mailer nor Truman Capote has in their writing been able to produce such an intensity as Nisbet has achieved," writes Germany's Die Welt. Pick up Windward Passage and see why.
Robert Littell, M. J. McGrath,

Young Philby
An elegant, twisty spy story by a true master of the craft

Bestselling novelist Robert Littell employs all his considerable skills in telling the story of Kim Philby through the eyes of more than twenty true-life characters. As each layer is revealed, the question arises: Who really was this man?

When Kim Philby fled to Moscow in 1963, he became the most infamous double agent in history. A member of Britain's intelligence service since World War II, he had risen to become their chief officer in Washington, D.C. after the war. The exposure of other members of the group of double agents known as the Cambridge Five led to the revelation that he had been working for Russia for even longer than he had been part of MI6. Yet he escaped, and spent the last twenty-five years of his life in Moscow.

In Young Philby, Robert Littell tells the story of the spy's early years. In the words of his friends, lovers, and Soviet handlers we see the development of a fascinating, flawed man who kept people guessing about his ideals and allegiances until the very end.

Lawrence Block - 5 from the master!

Tub 73 put to bed!

HIGHLIGHTS...... Garry Disher, P. G. Sturges, John Sandford, Joe Gores, Tom Kakonis, Robert Littell, Lawrence Block

LOWLIGHTS....... not to sure why I bought the Tom Wolfe book,


to be updated!


  1. Another intimidating piles of books, Col. I'll probably climb Mount Everest before I read all these authors. A few days ago, I left a pile of Deightons alone in a secondhand bookshop. Too much on my reading platter already.

    1. Prashant, I admire your resolve. I was out with my wife Saturday and bought two more books!Why? I'll be lucky to read half of what I have already in the years I have left on the planet!

  2. You've got some fine ones there, Col. Deighton, Disher, and Grisham! And you honestly can't go wrong with MacDonald, I think. Hope you'll enjoy them.

    1. Margot thanks. I'm spoiled for choice to be honest, where do I start?

  3. Col - Nisbet is a writer I keep reading about, but have not yet read. Thanks for the reminder and for the log.

    1. Elgin, I think he's well worth tracking down if you can. I've only read the one from him so far. LETHAL INJECTION back in 2012!

  4. Some interesting ones there. I read a lot of Lauren Henderson a while back, don't hear of her so much now. Grafton, Deighton and Lee Child all good series. Is the Littell/Philby book non-fiction, or his attempt to imagine and novelize the story?

    1. I read the first Henderson book. but never rushed back to read anymore even though I acquired a few. LITTELL/PHILBY is logged as fiction over on the FANTASTIC FICTION website, so I assume he has taken a few liberties.

  5. Another load of goodies, I'd say, including a John D./Travis that I don't think I've read . . .

    1. The 21st and last entry in the Travis series from 1985!

  6. Worthy project. You documented all of your tubs on your blog for reference. I'd go ahead and finish it all if I were you but I'm not :-)

    Hope things are going well and have calmed down a bit. Take care.

    1. Keishon thanks for your kind thoughts. All good this month anyway....well so far!

      I will get finished with the project and it'll prove useful when I concentrate on reading more of my own books and cut down on the additions (haha - I'm deluded I know) - especially as I am OCD about reading series books in order!

  7. Selfishly I hope you continue logging your books because I like seeing what you have. I am sure it is a lot of hard work though.

    1. Cheers, I will keep going, but probably won't get a post done each week. I'm sure the books aren't in a hurry!