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Beginnings (More)

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February 3rd, 2019 Posted 8:01 am

On Sunday we’ve been doing beginnings – all the Peter Abrahams novels including those written under the Spencer Quinn pen name. Here, from 1992 – REVOLUTION #9 (second of the ’60’s novels, after HARD RAIN).

[“…Charlie’s hunt through the past is an often painful but always gripping story. Abrahams weaves in and out of time and temperament with considerable skill, and reminds us with each plot twist of the damage Vietnam did to the soul of America.” – Chicago Tribune]

The boy was named Ronnie. The only surviving photograph shows him in his batting stance. What can we tell from it? That he hit from the left side. That he wore his hair long, in the style of the time. That he had a solid-looking body, and a reliable-looking face. That there was nothing particularly cute about him – Norman Rockwell would never have put him in the front of a picture. But Ronnie might have appeared in the background, diving into the old fishing hole. And he might have grown up to be quite handsome. Going beyond that would be pure speculation. How much character can be read in the face of an eleven-year-old boy?

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Beginnings (More)

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January 20th, 2019 Posted 8:18 am

On Sunday we’ve been doing beginnings – all the Peter Abrahams novels including those written under the Spencer Quinn pen name. Here, from 1988, #4 – HARD RAIN, almost certainly the first novel where the Woodstock Festival was an important plot element. It’s now been digitally republished by the excellent folks at Open Road and that’s the cover you see here.

[“A good thriller needs style, atmosphere and a surprising plot. Hard Rain…has all of these and something extra: depth of feeling…constantly suspenseful, the atmosphere effectively nightmarish. This is a savory thriller about some unsavory secrets.” – The New York Times Book Review]

The man they called Bao Dai lived in a three-colored world. Brown was the color of leeches. Orange was the color of Corporal Trinh’s decayed boots. Green was the color of the jungle and of misfortune.

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Beginnings (More)

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January 28th, 2018 Posted 8:27 am

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 1988, #4 – HARD RAIN:

The man they called Bao Dai lived in a three-colored world. Brown was the color of leeches. Orange was the color of Corporal Trinh’s decayed boots. Green was the color of the jungle and of misfortune.

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Football Returns …

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September 6th, 2017 Posted 8:11 am

… even though it’s getting caught up in the culture wars and thus leaving the stage of pure entertainment. Sigh. I’ve done some writing about football – in the Edgar winning YA novel REALITY CHECK, plus various scenes here and there – in HARD RAIN, for one.

Super Bowl prediction: Patriots vs. Seahawks.

Side prediction 1: Malcolm Butler comes up big again!

Side prediction 2: Later in life he becomes president of the U.S. And gets my vote.

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