Posts Tagged ‘Revolution #9’

Hard Rain

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May 18th, 2022 Posted 7:03 am

Hard Rain, which I think of as the first of my college novels (with Revolution #9 and Crying Wolf) – mostly because they all have some or a lot of scenes on campus – is on sale for $1.99 until 5/22. $1.99! With inflation that isn’t even money! Hard Rain is almost certainly the first time the first Woodstock music festival was an important plot element in a novel. Here’s the author photo from the original back cover (thanks to MM).

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Beginnings

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January 16th, 2022 Posted 8:22 am

Sunday is when we do beginnings, taking a look at the start of a Peter Abrahams novel, including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker™. Since the Chet and Bernie novel A Fistful of Collars came up yesterday, how about we feature it today? It’s one of my few novels where Hollywood is a factor. The only others I can think of are Revolution #9 – where a character appears on Jeopardy – and Oblivion, where a TV movie is made of the case that made Nick Petrov, a PI and the main character, famous. Armand Assante was cast as Nick. (There’s fun to be had in the little corners of this business.) Here’s the beginning of A Fistful of Collars:

“Heard you drove another one off a cliff,” said Nixon Panero. He spat a thin brown stream of chewing tobacco into an empty paint can, or maybe not that empty. Yellow paint, the yellow of egg yolks, now with a brown swirl in the middle: there’s all kinds of beauty in life.

“You heard wrong,” said Bernie.

 

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Jeopardy!

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November 10th, 2020 Posted 8:30 am

Two readers wrote in yesterday saying they’d been on Jeopardy! and met Alex Trebek. Any others? What was it like? (Alex Trebek and Jeopardy! play a role in one of early books, Revolution #9.)

Meanwhile here’s an Amazon reviewer yesterday on Of Mutts And Men. Very nice to see! (Could it be argued that the series is deepening as it goes along?)

“SQ is back in rare form with this one. Each of the Chet and Bernie books is a treasure, but I found this one especially gripping and, yes, deep. I sure hope he keeps writing these now-classic characters.”

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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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