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Beginnings

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February 17th, 2019 Posted 7:13 am

On Sunday we’ve been doing beginnings – all the Peter Abrahams novels, including those written under the Spencer Quinn pen name. Here, from 1995, THE FAN  (filmed by Tony Scott with a fine cast). Sports often play a role in PA’s work, but never more than in this one. It begins with sports talk radio – a kind of Greek chorus that appears several times in the book. Gil is the fan.

[“Peter Abrahams’ The Fan is a shrewdly crafted thriller about a spoiled, egotistical home run hitter and the schlemiel hunting knife dealer’s rep whose hero worship metastasizes into obsession…the tale’s sharp characterizations, crisp style, and unpredictable plot twists add up to a highly credible and suspenseful literary entertainment.” – Entertainment Weekly]

“Who’s next? Gil on the car phone? What’s shaking’, Gil?”

Dead air.

“Speak, Gil.”

“Is this …”

“Go on.”

“Hello?”

“You’re on the JOC.”

“Am I on?”

“Not for long, Gil, the way we’re going. This is supposed to be entertainment.”

Dead air.

“Got a question or a comment for us, Gil?”

“First-time caller.”

“Fantabulous. What’s on your mind?”

“I’m a little nervous.”

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Saturday Quotes

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February 16th, 2019 Posted 8:39 am

On Saturday, readers are invited to send in little quotes or passages from the Chet and Benrie series (or any of our other books!) Here, from Sandra SP, this from A FISTFUL OF COLLARS:

“This is Chet?” Oona said. “I’ve heard so much about him. “

Hey! A tiny thing, no more than a kid, but she was going places.

“He’s so beautiful.”

Like right to the top, for example.

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What’s In A Name?

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February 15th, 2019 Posted 8:24 am

Mrs. Publicist: Fifteenth of the month, when Peter Abrahams aka Spencer Quinn discusses a character name from one of his books, often a Chet and Bernie. What’ll it be today?

Pete: How about we get to HEART OF BARKNESS?

Mrs. P: The next Chet and Bernie, coming July 2 but available now for preorder?

Pete: That’s the one! Specifically, there’s Lotty Pilgrim, one of the central characters, a has-been country music star.

Mrs. P: Country music? Bernie’s a big fan – as are you, I hear.

Pete: True. Lotty seemed like one of those names that hearkens back – kind of an echo of Dottie, as in the great Dottie West. As for Pilgrim, you might say – well, a bit too on the nose. But we’re talking country music! That gives us a license to be on the nose.

Mrs. P: I understand she sings a Song For Chet.

Pete: Spoiler alert!

Mrs. P: In that case, see you next month for more of What’s In A Name!

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Queenie!

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February 14th, 2019 Posted 8:32 am

“These are what I call catnip nipnips,” Mrs. Hale said. “My own recipe. Let’s see if Queenie likes them.”

We were in the library, sitting at Mrs. Hale’s desk – Mrs. Hale in the big chair, Harmony in the little chair, and me actually on the desk. Mrs. Hale took out a baggie and from it produced a small tubular treat, about the size of a Cheeto, but far more interesting. She laid it on the desk.

All eyes were then on me. Catnip. I smelled it right away, of course, and the impulsive side of me was suddenly the only side. Normally, as I’m sure you know by now, I’m the dignified type, delicate in my responses, the very farthest thing from greedy. And the truth is I prefer to eat in private. I suppose I could have taken my catnip nipnip – what a fine name! – under the desk but by the time that thought came to me it was all gone.

—   from RUFF VS. FLUFF (the 1st Queenie and Arthur mystery, coming March 26 and now available for preorder).

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