Posts Tagged ‘Hard Rain’

Happy Labor Day, Everybody!


September 4th, 2017 Posted 9:02 am

It’s good to relax! We’ll try to get that into our lives some time. How about a trip to the beach? Plus a little reading? You might still catch HARD RAIN at yesterday’s deal price.



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Chetspeak on Sunday


September 3rd, 2017 Posted 9:12 am

I could smell him – or rather the booze on his breath, before he even opened the door – but my sense of smell is pretty good, probably better than yours. The key scratched against the lock, finally found the slot. The door opened and in, with a little stumble, came Bernie Little, founder and part-owner (his ex-wife Leda walked off with the rest) of the Little Detective Agency. I’d seen him look worse, but not often.

He mustered a weak smile. “Hey, Chet.”

I raised my tail and let it thump down on the rug, just so, sending a message.

“I’m a little late, sorry. Need to go out?”

Why would that be? Just because my back teeth were floating? But then I thought, what the hell, the poor guy, and I went over and pressed my head against the side of his leg. He scratched between my ears, really digging his fingers in, the way I like. Bliss. How about a little more, down the back of the neck? I hunched my shoulders a bit, giving him the idea. Ah, nice. Very nice.

– from DOG ON IT (actually the very beginning).

And don’t forget: HARD RAIN is the featured daily deal today at


Saturday Morning Coffee


September 2nd, 2017 Posted 8:10 am

Where Spence (Pete) puts his feet up.

Here’s an early book I wrote – #4, actually – where I took another step or two into making thematic material an organic part of the thriller form. It helped that I had lived through the sixties and retained a few memories of them.

James Ellroy said of HARD RAIN: “This well-told tale is a high voltage compendium of sixties’ grotesques – hippie burnouts, CIA minions, and Vietnam War dregs – all stirred up, set off by a great heroine, and played against a scary American landscape twenty years later. It is a Class-A thriller.”

The book is on my mind today because tomorrow it’s being featured at Early Bird Books. We’ll post a link directly to it then, but for now there’s this:





July 6th, 2016 Posted 8:11 am

Early Peter Abrahams (almost certainly the first time the Woodstock music festival was an important plot element in a novel) featured today here:

$1.99! You can scrounge that under the sofa cushions!



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