On Sunday we do beginnings – all the Peter Abrahams novels, including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker. Since it’s World Series time, how about The Fan (filmed by Tony Scott with a fine cast)? Sports often play a role in  our work – Bernie pitched for Army, as Chet and Bernie readers know – 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.”


“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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20 Responses to “Beginnings”

  1. B. Stover
    9:56 am on October 27th, 2019

    Good morning all.

  2. Wose-The Small and Meek
    10:39 am on October 27th, 2019


    I have never read “The Fan” or seen the movie.

    The Astros are certainly keeping the series interesting. I hope the Nats can pull a rabbit out of the hat. It would be great for them to win their first World Series.

    A very rainy day in this neck of the woods.

    Good day to all!

  3. BooBear
    10:49 am on October 27th, 2019

    Good morning!!

    Rio! Mom can’t watch this series live. It’s too nerve wracking. But she appreciates your comments and observations so please don’t think she isn’t interested in your comments. We have a feeling this one is going to go 7 games. If nerves equaled weight loss, Mom would lose lots of weight this week lol!

  4. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:03 pm on October 27th, 2019

    Boo!…Because of your post above I will continue to babble to myself thru out the game….grunt!… I’m relieved you actually read my posts…snort! …At least someone does. Oh, and I know Rose and the Thieves do to every now and again…grunt!

  5. Wose-The Small and Meek
    8:30 pm on October 27th, 2019

    RIO! I read every post on this here blog. I don’t comment on the baseball games because they are on so late, I can’t keep the eyes in my pointy head open. I only last 3 or 4 innings, and then it is time to go to my lumpy, hard bed.

  6. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:41 pm on October 27th, 2019

    Lumpy!…yeeep!…I like my warm soft bed…snorkel!

  7. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:42 pm on October 27th, 2019

    Unbelievable!…Something my friend has never thought of doing!…snort!…A guy was holding a beer in each paw and the ball came right at him! He kept hold of the beers and let the ball hit him in the chest!!!!….yeeeeep!…This guy did survive and doesn’t seem to have any cracked ribs…gah!…Beer is intact.

  8. Wose-The Small and Meek
    8:43 pm on October 27th, 2019

    Nats! Two runners on!

  9. Wose-The Small and Meek
    8:45 pm on October 27th, 2019

    RIO! I saw that! What a smooth move!

  10. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:45 pm on October 27th, 2019

    Rose!…If my friend and I cannot stay up for the end of the game we record it and watch the next afternoon!…snort!…No one at work ever talks about baseball so she says the outcome is “safe”….chuffle!

  11. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:46 pm on October 27th, 2019

    Rose!…He may regret once he sobbers up!…gah!

  12. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:25 pm on October 27th, 2019

    Boo!…You will regret not watching your team…sniff!…They have just homered and now the score is 4 ta Nuthing!….grunt!…Nats! Where are youse???? calling all Nats! Come and play in the World Series!..NOW!…yeeep!

  13. Wookie’s and Teddy’s Paw
    9:26 pm on October 27th, 2019

    Not much to say the last two nights and not looking good right now for tonight either. We need to find some runs somewhere. Thieves, do you have any to spare?

  14. Thieves!
    9:32 pm on October 27th, 2019

    W&Ts Paw: we don’t have any on paw, but we got a guy. We also have a stash of stolen bases, or as we like to call them, bases. Would you like a few of those, too?

  15. Wookie’s and Teddy’s Paw
    9:39 pm on October 27th, 2019

    Thieves. I’ll take those bases. Payment in Slim Jims okay?

  16. Thieves!
    9:56 pm on October 27th, 2019

    W&Ts Paw: Consider it on the house if you’re willing to defend us in our upcoming trial of ill-gotten bases.

  17. Wookie’s and Teddy’s Paw
    10:01 pm on October 27th, 2019

    Thieves. Deal.

  18. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:05 pm on October 27th, 2019

    Early daze!….The game is young!…snort!…Anything can happen at anytime. No hanging yer hat yet Mr. Wookie!…wheeze!

  19. Thieves!
    11:09 pm on October 27th, 2019

    W&Ts Paw: We were able to get one run on short notice. We will keep trying. Our guy has a guy.

  20. Staff
    11:49 pm on October 27th, 2019

    You guys are making me laugh.

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