Saturday, October 10, 2015

New Purchases (Book Sale Part 2)


More books from the Planned Parenthood Book Sale, held from September 18 - 27. This selection is mostly based on hardback or trade paperback covers I love.


Description of Goodbye Mickey Mouse (1982) by Len Deighton from a post about a new edition at The Deighton Dossier blog:
The story follows a group of American fighter airmen based at Thaxted in East Anglia, flying escort missions over Germany in 1943-4 at the height of the air war when the Americans were bombing during the day, at great cost to their men. Central to the novel are two contrasting characters - the reserved Captain Jamie Farebrother and cocky yank Lieutenant Mickey Morse. It is his Mustang Fighter -Mickey Mouse II with the cartoon mouse on the cowling - which gives the novel its title...
That is all I know about this book at this point and all I want to know before I read it.

There is more on the book and the cover for the edition I have at The Deighton Dossier website.


Stephen Greenleaf wrote a series of P.I. novels featuring John Marshall Tanner. At MysteryFile, Ed Lynskey describes the series:
Like Greenleaf, Tanner was also a lawyer and a member of the California bar. Clocking in at fourteen novels published from 1979 to 2000, the PI Tanner series enjoyed a solid, if not spectacular, run of critically well-received entries. Though the Tanner books didn’t grab big commercial pots, devoted mystery fans hold them in exceptionally high regard.
And Book Case...
Number seven in the series was Book Case, which appeared in 1991. This is a first-rate biblio-mystery. Tanner’s client this time is Bryce Chatterton who runs Periwinkle Press, a regional press financed by his wealthy wife Margret. A manuscript entitled Homage to Hammurabi arrives at their offices, “a thinly disguised expose that will blow the lid off some of Cow Hill’s sexiest secrets,” and it is a veritable blockbuster. PI Tanner’s quest is to track down the anonymous author. Excerpts from Hammurabi prefacing each chapter also tell a story as Tanner’s search takes him into darker crimes.
I also have the first book in the series and I will read it first.

Description of Les Robert's P.I. series at The Thrilling Detective website:
Cleveland's the stomping ground for tough, likeable, blue collar private eye MILAN JACOVICH ...  He's an ex-football player, well-educated, and fiercely proud of his Slovenian heritage, his working class roots and his hometown.
Author Les Roberts was born and bred in Chicago, but currently lives in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. He moved there from Hollywood where, among other things, he produced The Hollywood Squares and wrote for The Andy Griffith Show and The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
A Shoot in Cleveland (1998), the ninth book in the series, is about a Hollywood film that is being shot in Cleveland. This is doubly interesting to me because my husband is from Ohio and I like books about film sets. 

I am not familiar with William Boyd, the author of Restless (2006). I now recognize his name as the author of Solo, a James Bond continuation novel. My husband found the book at the book sale and thought I might like it, considering the time period it covers and that it is espionage fiction.

Description from Boyd's website:
It is 1939. Eva Delectorskaya is a beautiful 28-year-old Russian émigrée living in Paris. As war breaks out she is recruited for the British Secret Service by Lucas Romer, a mysterious Englishman and under his tutelage she learns to become the perfect spy, to mask her emotions and trust no one, including those she loves most. Since then Eva has carefully rebuilt her life as the very English wife and mother Sally Gilmartin — but once a spy, always a spy.
This book has been adapted for TV in the UK.


I found the perfect description of Queenpin (2007) at the author's website. Brief, and just enough information. 
A young woman, hired to keep the books at a down-at-the-heels nightclub, is taken under the wing of the infamous Gloria Denton, a mob luminary who reigned during the Golden Era of Bugsy Siegel and Lucky Luciano. Before she knows it, she's ushered into a glittering demimonde of late-night casinos, racetracks, betting parlors, inside heists, and big, big money.
The review by James Reasoner at Rough Edges has this praise for the book and the author:
What it comes down to is that Megan Abbott is just a damned fine writer. Short, fast, and mean, like good noir fiction is supposed to be ...
And it is there that I found out that several of her covers were illustrated by Richie Fahey. Check out the post on Megan Abbott's covers at The Casual Optimist.


I have heard so many good things about Sycamore Row (2011) by John Grisham that I want to read it. But first I want to read A Time to Kill, because Jake Brigance features in both books. Last year I could not find a copy of Sycamore Row at the book sale; this year there were lots of them.

Summary from the hardback edition:

Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier.

The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid?


I purchased Chance (2014) because I had heard about Kem Nunn's books AND it has a great cover. Set in San Francisco. What could be better?

Well, reading the description of the book, I am not so sure:
A dark tale involving psychiatric mystery, sexual obsession, fractured identities, and terrifyingly realistic violence—Chance is set amid the back streets of California’s Bay Area, far from the cleansing breezes of the ocean. Dr. Eldon Chance, a neuropsychiatrist, is a man primed for spectacular ruin. Into Dr. Chance’s blighted life walks Jaclyn Blackstone, the abused, attractive wife of an Oakland homicide detective, a violent and jealous man.
But it is set in San Francisco, and my husband wants to read it too. So worth taking a chance on.





16 comments:

  1. Tracy, The books by Stephen Greenleaf (is that his real name?) and William Boyd seem to be most interesting.

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    1. I am eager to try both of those, neer. As far as I can tell, Greenleaf is his real name.

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  2. Oh, Tracy, you have some good 'uns there! I really especially hope you like the Abbott, the Grisham and the Deighton. Looking forward to your reviews of all of these.

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    1. Me too, Margot. Well, that is, I am looking forward to reading them, sometimes reviewing them is like pulling teeth.

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  3. Great haul, Tracy. I love those covers too.

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    1. I hope all of these books match the beauty of their covers, Peggy. I was happy with the books I got.

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  4. Some great finds and some books in common. Deighton, Abbott and Boyd I have. I've not read much from Deighton so far and only some short stories from Boyd.
    I have read the first Greenleaf-Tanner book in the pre-blog days.
    I've read a couple of Nunn books - TAPPING THE SOURCE - a kind of surfer murder mystery was excellent. I'll look forward to all your reviews.

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    1. I am eager to try Abbott and Boyd, Col, but you know how it is with the huge TBR pile. I had heard about TAPPING THE SOURCE, at the Rap Sheet and at your blog. Someday I will try that one too.

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  5. TracyK: Give yourself some time when you start on the Grisham books with Jake Brigance. They will swallow you up. It seems hard to believe now that Grisham was essentially peddling A Time to Kill around northern Mississippi as the initial printing was slow in selling.

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    1. I will do that, Bill. The length of both puts me off a bit, but I know I will enjoy them once I get started. I was surprised too when I first read about him selling copies of the first book. It is good that he believed in himself.

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  6. Tracy, it's definitely William Boyd for me. I have been reading about his books. I haven't read that particular Deighton.

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    1. Boyd's books do seem interesting, Prashant. Maybe I will try other books of his later.

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  7. Tracy: I must gush about Kem Nunn's Tapping the Source. Have you read it yet? It's categorized as surfer noir. About 80% of it is surfer culture and the other 20% involves the mystery of the young protagonist, Ike, missing sister. She was last scene at the California pier with some guys. The book is such an emotional read and a page-turner. I loved it. I bought his newest book, Chance, that you spotlighted here and hope it's good, too. William Boyd is a writer I need to read, too.

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    1. No, I have not read Tapping the Source, Keishon. I will have to look for a copy since you give it such high praise. My husband loves surf documentaries, maybe he would like surfer noir too.

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  8. Some nice ones there Tracy - I think the top 3 would do me nicely.

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    1. I am very happy with these books, Moira, and I would love to read those three right away. I need to enforce a period of not buying books, like you did, for a few months. I added way too many to my TBR pile.

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