Beginnings (More)

On Sunday we’ve been doing beginnings – all the Chet and Bernies (as part of Chetspeak) – and now taking on all the Peter Abrahams novels in chronological order. Here, from 2001 (and perhaps slightly ahead of its time), #11 – LAST OF THE DIXIE HEROES (all about Civil War reenactors going a little too far):

Roy thought he heard his son crying in the night. He got up, went down the hall, opened Rhett’s door, smelled the emptiness inside.

And woke up. Must have been asleep until that moment. How else to explain it? Roy didn’t turn on the light.


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17 Responses to “Beginnings (More)”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    8:36 am on March 18th, 2018

    Good morning everyone! Happy Chetspeak, Beginnings, Egg Day and anything else you want to be happy. Enjoy this Sunday.

  2. Wose-The Small and Meek
    9:01 am on March 18th, 2018


    Good morning, HOH!

    Love the premise of “Last of the Heroes.” Also like the fact that Roy’s son is named Rhett.

    Happy National Sloppy Joe Day! Sounds like the kind of food Rio and the Thieves would enjoy while partaking in a big vat ‘o beer!

    Create a good day!

  3. B.Stover
    10:08 am on March 18th, 2018

    That’s an interesting cover with a modern cityscape in the background. (Ahead of its time indeed.)

    Beautiful sunny day here and it’s supposed to get to 55 degrees.

    Good morning all.

  4. Chet The Dog
    10:52 am on March 18th, 2018

    That’s Atlanta, B.

  5. B.Stover
    10:56 am on March 18th, 2018

    Thank you, Chet!

  6. BearSpiritDog
    2:46 pm on March 18th, 2018

    A Beautiful Sun Day here.
    And, Made to Order for Tulla’s 90th Birthday Bash…75 Guests Expected!

  7. Wookie's and Teddy's Paw
    3:26 pm on March 18th, 2018

    It’s been a while since I read LoTDH, but as I recall it was a bit of a departure for OFA because it was neither a conventional thriller or murder mystery but very much character driven and psychological in nature. Nonetheless, a really gripping story and shows OFA at his best. And to commemorate, attached is the photo from the inside back cover showing OFA in 2001 (I’m not separately posting the cover of the book because what I have is pretty much the same as he posted).

  8. Ole Doc
    6:26 pm on March 18th, 2018

    I am the largest of the Outlaw litter and a bigger stature than most, er, all of the team. Today, the Giant picked me up and said, “You’ve got to be a 100 pounds, buddy!” Has this ever happened to you? Chet would understand.

  9. Wee Nigel
    6:27 pm on March 18th, 2018

    It never happens to be. Should I be worrit?

  10. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:42 pm on March 18th, 2018

    Last!…Of The Dixie Heroes was a hard one for my friend to read for some reason…sniff!…Her dad’s name was Roy and there were other things. But we did indeed finish it and of course it was amazing. And very unique and a very ‘watch yer step’ kind of story…gulp!

  11. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:45 pm on March 18th, 2018

    Cake!…My friend made Oatmeal Cake this afternoon!…yousa!…Of course I never On Purpose get any, but there are always some crumbles that fall…heh!heh!heh!

  12. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:47 pm on March 18th, 2018

    Nigel!…A few good swims in the Vat O’ Beer with leftover Cake and you too could be a 100 pounder, if not at least a 15 pounder…grunt!

  13. Darah Thea
    9:11 pm on March 18th, 2018

    I am a hundred plus 21 pounder and proud of it!

    And a lap dog to boot!

  14. Wee Nigel
    9:19 pm on March 18th, 2018

    Wait! Doesn’t swimming burn calories? I better float whilst I partake so as not to lose any weight. Glub…glub…burp!

  15. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:24 pm on March 18th, 2018

    Nigel!…Wait! Be careful not to put that cake on your belly whilst floating…snort!…It could push you under…yeeep!

  16. Masquers
    11:23 pm on March 18th, 2018

    Update: Dallas Seavey places 3rd in the Finnmarksløpet race in Norway.

  17. Herd of Hounds
    11:53 pm on March 18th, 2018

    Masquers, thanks for the update about the race over the pond and congrats to the Alaskan.

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