Posts Tagged ‘Open Road’



January 27th, 2019 Posted 8:19 am

On Sunday we’ve been doing beginnings – taking a look at the beginnings of all Peter Abrahams novels, including those written under the Spencer Quinn pen name. Today, from 1989 (but now digitally republished by the nice folks at Open Road) PRESSURE DROP. On the next book tour ask me about my crazy Bahamian diving experiences way back when. I’d love to go on and on about them.

[“Technologically aided conception, baby stealing, inexplicable marine accidents and the activities of a wealthy, mysterious family are among the intriguing elements Abrahams expertly brings together in this gripping tale. Abrahams sets his scenes with evocative details, using cynical wit to describe the harried lives of Manhattanites, then switching tone to convey the darkly sensual, threatening atmosphere of the Zombie Bay Club.”
– Publishers Weekly]

The blue hole isn’t blue. It is gray, even under a clear sky; just a quiet pond in the woods. Any of the village boys could skip a stone across it, but they never do. They don’t go near the blue hole because a monster lives at the bottom. The fisherman even claims he has seen it; the fisherman who drinks a bottle of rum a day.


Beginnings (More)


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.


4 Early Peter Abrahams Novels (Still More)


July 31st, 2015 Posted 8:52 am

Spence: Anything to say about this one?

PA: I’m afraid it’s coming true. Like some rough beast struggling to be born.



4 Early Peter Abrahams Novels!


July 28th, 2015 Posted 9:54 am

… have now been published by Open Road and are available starting today.

Spence: Any thoughts?

P.A.: I wish we’d had cover art like this the first time.

Spence: Here’s one. We’ll show the others – THE FURY OF RACHEL MONETTE, TONGUES OF FIRE, and PRESSURE DROP in the next few days.



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