Recently I asked him what he was reading. His reply:
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I’m currently reading a private-eye novel called Epitaph for a Loser by James T. Doyle. It was published by Walker Books in the late 1980s, and as far as I know it was Doyle’s second and last private-eye book. Why am I reading it? That’s a good question. Every Friday, a good many bloggers review a “forgotten” crime novel. I picked this one up in a thrift shop not long ago and read the first couple of paragraphs. It looked interesting, so I bought it specifically to read for one of my Friday reviews. I’m glad I did, because it turns out that it’s a very good novel in the hardboiled vein.
Shortly before picking up Epitaph for a Loser, I read something completely different, Charlie Williams’ Stairway to Hell. It’s almost impossible to describe, but let’s say that Jimmy Page (yes, the rock star) was a warlock in the ‘70s and transferred the soul of David Bowie into the body of a baby named Rick Sutton, who grows up to become a British club singer calling himself Rik Suntan. Suntan narrates his present-day adventures, and they’re quite funny since he’s one of those people who’s completely confident in his talent, sex-appeal, and superior intelligence, whereas it’s clear to the reader that he’s wrong about all those things. It’s hard to sustain a story based on such a zany premise (and it gets even zanier), but Williams manages it.
And speaking of being quite funny, I just wrote a review of Donna Moore’s Old Dogs, a screwball crime novel that also has a plot that’s almost impossible to describe. Two former hookers, now in their 70s, decide to steal a couple of valuable statues of dogs from a museum. Complications ensue. Lots of complications. The statues get around as fast as the pea in a shell game, and so do the fake statues of the same dogs. So does a corpse, for that matter. It’s all hilarious, and if Donna gets to cast the movie, I suggested Judy Dench and Helen Mirren as the leads.
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