On Sunday we’ve been doing beginnings – taking a look at the beginnings of all Peter Abrahams novels, including those written under the Spencer Quinn pen name. Today, from 1989 (but now digitally republished by the nice folks at Open Road) PRESSURE DROP. On the next book tour ask me about my crazy Bahamian diving experiences way back when. I’d love to go on and on about them.

[“Technologically aided conception, baby stealing, inexplicable marine accidents and the activities of a wealthy, mysterious family are among the intriguing elements Abrahams expertly brings together in this gripping tale. Abrahams sets his scenes with evocative details, using cynical wit to describe the harried lives of Manhattanites, then switching tone to convey the darkly sensual, threatening atmosphere of the Zombie Bay Club.”
– Publishers Weekly]

The blue hole isn’t blue. It is gray, even under a clear sky; just a quiet pond in the woods. Any of the village boys could skip a stone across it, but they never do. They don’t go near the blue hole because a monster lives at the bottom. The fisherman even claims he has seen it; the fisherman who drinks a bottle of rum a day.


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26 Responses to “Beginnings”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    8:42 am on January 27th, 2019

    Morning all. We are chuckling at cynical wit. Too true.
    Enjoy all the different days Sunday has been over the years.

  2. B.Stover
    9:35 am on January 27th, 2019

    Good morning all.

  3. Loulou
    9:35 am on January 27th, 2019

    Mom loves everything Peter Abrahams writes. This book is at the top of her list!

  4. Hobbitz
    12:14 pm on January 27th, 2019

    I remember reading this way back when. But that is all I remember, the details are lost. I may have to read it again.

    Wose: my speed cleaning turned into a deep clean…10 hours! No room was safe from my vacuuming, moving furniture, vacuuming and steaming. Yeep. My body was hurting as I climbed the stairs to bed, and it still hurts this morning.

  5. Wookie’s and Teddy’s Paw
    1:44 pm on January 27th, 2019

    The Temple of Queen Hatshepsut near Luxor. She was the only Egyptian Queen who declared herself to be a Pharoah (king).

  6. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    2:24 pm on January 27th, 2019

    Paw!…What did the temple look like on the inside?…snort!snort!

  7. Wose-The Small and Meek
    4:38 pm on January 27th, 2019


    Grizz and I tried to go see the 80th Anniversary showing of “The Wizard of Oz”, but it was sold out at the theatre we went to. SOB!

    RIO! What is the 411 on your Friend’s bread?

    W’s&T’s Paw: What Rio said about the temple.

  8. Hobbitz
    5:45 pm on January 27th, 2019

    Hopefully W&Ts Paw can post more. I do know that on some of my travels, I don’t get inside shots due to 1) poor lighting 2) filming is forbidden 3) places so packed that it is impossible.

  9. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    5:56 pm on January 27th, 2019

    Rose!…She just took the bread out of the oven this very minute…snort!snort!…And she remembered to take photoz of it for you!You!YOU!…wheeze!….Will post them in a little while – so stayed tuned…heh!

  10. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    6:16 pm on January 27th, 2019

    Cawfee!…Cake! From yesterday…snort!

  11. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    6:17 pm on January 27th, 2019

    Hmmm!…I tried to post a photo of the cawffee cake but it never showed up…grunt!…Let’s try the Bread…wheeze!

  12. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    6:18 pm on January 27th, 2019

    Strudel!…Again, paws crossed!…snort!

  13. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    6:19 pm on January 27th, 2019

    Egypt!…Now we all need more photoz of Egypt and Mummies!…yes!

  14. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    6:21 pm on January 27th, 2019

    Bread!…My friend is planning on giving her work-mate, who is a college student, one of the loaves of bread…chuffle!…College students are so appreciative of free food…heh!heh!

  15. Herd of Hounds
    6:43 pm on January 27th, 2019

    So many good looking baked goods!

  16. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    7:29 pm on January 27th, 2019

    Uh Oh!…I just remembered Ole Doc likes fresh bread too…yeeep!…I must somehow hide those loaves and the mysterious fishes that appeared out of nowhere!…snort!

  17. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:18 pm on January 27th, 2019

    Hidden!….This is the best I could do as my counter-surfing skills are nill…yeeep!

  18. Wose-The Small and Meek
    8:59 pm on January 27th, 2019

    RIO! College students aren’t the only ones who appreciate free food! Slobber!

  19. Ole Doc
    9:01 pm on January 27th, 2019

    Rio: Tell Friend that the bread was delish! I didn’t much care for the paper towels. They were bland.

  20. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:28 pm on January 27th, 2019

    Weeep!…Ole Doc you are a scoundrel!…grunt!…Now lil Maddy will go hungry tomorrow…sniffle!…I hope youse feel really bad about that…grunt!

  21. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:30 pm on January 27th, 2019

    Psssst!…that wasn’t the real bread under the paper towels…heh!…It was Wonder Bread…chorkel!…Ole Doc will never ever find the real artisan bread…chuffle!

  22. Hobbitz
    9:57 pm on January 27th, 2019

    Rio: whose lil Maddy. Have I been reading every other word again?

  23. Hobbitz
    9:58 pm on January 27th, 2019

    It has been one of those days. KATS!

  24. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:08 pm on January 27th, 2019

    Hobbit!…A co-worker….grunt!…College kid. Really nice and funny too. Which is a big deal…heh!

  25. Ole Doc
    10:36 pm on January 27th, 2019

    Rio: The bread was wonderful! I don’t care what you call it. My stomach does not discriminate.

  26. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:41 pm on January 27th, 2019

    Ole Doc!…I’m glad you liked it. But tomorrow you may have some trouble “going”…grunt!wheeze!

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