Posts Tagged ‘Heart of Barkness’

Beginnings (Not)


May 8th, 2022 Posted 8:10 am

Normally on Sunday we do beginnings, taking a look at the start of  a Peter Abrahams novel including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker™. But today is a special Sunday, so here’s this snippet from Heart of Barkness. Happy Mother’s Day!

“Did you play?” Bernie said.

Hernando nodded.

“How far did you get?”

“Generales de Durango.”

“That’s Triple A.”

“Yes,” said Hernando. “And you?”

“Nothing like that,” Bernie said. “Played a bit in college.”

What was that? Bernie’d been a star at West Point, would have gone pro except for blowing out his arm. On her last visit, the Thanksgiving with the wishbone incident, Bernie’s mom – if you ever run into her, be prepared – said, “Bernard” – which is what she, and only she, calls him – “when will you learn to toot your own horn?” On the way back from dropping her off from the airport, Bernie had leaned on the horn like crazy.



Down on the Border


May 7th, 2022 Posted 7:17 am

Mexico came up this week on account of Cinco de Mayo and we posted a little snippet from To Fetch A Thief. Mexico factors into the Chet and Bernie series and so do border towns. This is from Heart of Barkness:

Tesabe looked to be very small, with just one paved street and a few dirt roads running off it. We rode up a steep, curving hill, not seeing a single human, member of the nation within, or even a chicken, and this was the kind of place where you’d expect a chicken or two. I didn’t even hear any buzzing flies. They called this a border town?





April 3rd, 2022 Posted 7:00 am

On Sunday we do beginnings, taking a look at the start of a Peter Abrahams novel, including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker™. How about Heart of Barkness, since there’s country music on the radio this very minute, and country music plays a big role in the story? In case you’re wondering, the C&B series can be read in any order!

“Red-letter day, Chet,” said Sergeant Rick Torres, our buddy at the Valley PD Missing Persons Department. “In the car.”

Red-letter day was a mystery to me, and maybe red is, too. Bernie says I can’t be trusted when it comes to red, something I’ve never understood. I knew fire hydrants were red, for example, knew that as well as I know my own name. Which is Chet, in case you missed it, right up there off the jump. I also know “in the car,” and never need to be asked twice. Or even once. Rick opened the passenger-side door of the black-and-white. I hopped in, sat up nice and tall, totally alert, ready for anything. Was my tongue hanging out? Possibly. I got most of it stuffed back in. We have standards, me and Bernie, just one of the reasons that the Little Detective Agency is so successful, except for the finances part. It’s called the Little Detective Agency on account of Bernie’s last name being Little, but we’re equal partners, Bernie handling the gunplay and the so-therefores and me bringing other things to the table. Maybe we’ll get to my teeth a little later.


Musical Interlude


February 24th, 2022 Posted 7:07 am

Music soothes the savage breast, so how about Song For Chet, the song that came from Heart of Barkness (now in paperback)? Emmy Award winning Bob Edwards produced and made it happen, and also created this video. Mitch Watkins wrote the music. (I did the words.) The fiddle solo is by Gene Elders.



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