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Beginnings (Repeat)

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May 20th, 2018 Posted 6:16 am

On the road with some computer issues, so here’s a beginnings repeat.

On Sunday we’ve been doing beginnings – all the Chet and Bernie’s (as part of Chetspeak) – and now taking on all the Peter Abrahams novels in chronological order. Here, from 1998, #9 – A PERFECT CRIME. Barnesandnoble.com said: “An extraordinary high-water mark in the art of suspense … He even creates a shower scene – unbearably frightening, excruciatingly long, and the blackest of black comedy – that will make you forget the one in Psycho.”

Thursday, the best day of the week – the day of all days that Francie was predisposed to say yes. But here in the artist’s studio, with its view of the Dorchester gas tank superimposed on the harbor beyond, she couldn’t bring herself to do it. The problem was she hated the paintings.

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Beginnings (More)

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May 14th, 2018 Posted 8:44 am

On Sundays, 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, a day late, from 2008, #19, DELUSION (3rd in the prison novels, the others being LIGHTS OUT and END OF STORY).

[“Abrahams constructs a powder keg of suspense … He manages to imbue this page-turner with themes of racial and economic injustice while conjuring the ghost of Hamlet’s father to hover in the wings. Stellar.”
– Hallie Ehpron, the Boston Globe]

The man they called Pirate heard a guard coming down the cell block. Pirate had excellent hearing. He could identify the guards just from the sound of their footsteps on the cement floor.

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Happy Mothers Day, Everybody!

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May 13th, 2018 Posted 7:28 am

Beginnings, which normally appears here on Sundays, will come tomorrow. Meanwhile here’s an apposite quote from DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE, featured on beginnings a few weeks ago:

Mom had the kind of love for her that you could feel, like it was part of the atmosphere.

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Beginnings (More)

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May 6th, 2018 Posted 7:40 am

On Sundays, 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 2007, #18, NERVE DAMAGE. For this one the idea really did come out of the blue, complete in all essentials, including the first sentence (below). Lucky things sometimes happen in this business.

[“From the reliably marvelous Peter Abrahams comes Nerve Damage, another top-drawer psychological thriller.”
– Jennifer Reese, Entertainment Weekly]

Sometimes the dead live on in your dreams.

 

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