Posts Tagged ‘Thereby Hangs A Tail’

Inside Baseball

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October 26th, 2018 Posted 9:09 am

We drove toward the sun, through a few neighborhoods a lot like our own, then past a baseball field with a kids’ game going on. I didn’t understand baseball but it always looked like fun, and the ball itself I loved. Who’d have guessed what the insides were like? At that very moment a kid swung his bat and the ball went soaring into the sky. We weren’t going very fast. Would it be totally impossible to –

“Che – et?” Bernie had this way of sometimes saying my name real slow. The ball hit the grass and bounced toward the outfield fence in lovely long hops that made me want to – “Che – et?” We drove on.

– from THEREBY HANGS A TAIL.

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Tennis (More)

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August 22nd, 2018 Posted 8:38 am

As we mentioned yesterday, tennis comes up from time to time in the novels of Peter Abrahams a.k.a. Spencer Quinn. Is it because Pete’s been a (not very good) tennis player for most of his life? Since the U.S. Open has begun, we thought we’d post a few tennis scenes. Here’s the tennis lesson from THEREBY HANGS A TAIL (#2 in the ongoing Chet and Bernie series – but they can be read in any order!).

On one side of the net stood a tall blond guy with a bucket of balls at his feet; on the other side, an older guy, small, with a gray beard: Sherman Ganz. I always notice beards. A strange human thing: only some men have them, and women never. What was that about?

The tall blond guy took a ball from the bucket and hit it to Ganz. Ganz wore white shorts, had skinny legs like sticks. He swung his racquet and hit the ball back. The tall guy let it go by, took out another ball. “Brush up, Shermie, brush up. Spin on the ball, always spin on the ball.” He hit the ball over the net. Ganz swung, this time missing the ball completely. “Brush up but through, up but through, up but through,” said the tall guy, sending over another ball. Brush? I knew brushes, saw none around. Maybe tennis was tougher than it looked, but I didn’t worry about that because a ball came bouncing over in our direction – we were now beside the court – and I snatched it out of the air, and who wouldn’t have, the ball being right there practically saying, “Catch me.” And then – this part was a bit harder to understand – I was on the court, racing toward the net. Up and over: not much of a challenge, tennis nets turning out not to be very high, but still it felt so great, being airborne and all, that I kind of twisted around still up there, if you see what I mean, and landed facing back at the net, and the next thing I knew I was jumping over it again, from the other direction, and, yes! doing the spin move once more, and when I landed this time, somehow with two balls in my mouth now – how had that happened? – I –

“Chet!”

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Tennis

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August 21st, 2018 Posted 8:58 am

Yesterday a reader commented on the tennis in A PERFECT CRIME (http://www.chetthedog.com/chet-the-dog/beginnings-more-8). A quick think reminded us that tennis is also important in THE TUTOR. Also, in THEREBY HANGS A TAIL, the 2nd Chet and Bernie novel, doesn’t Chet encounter a tennis lesson and … offer his own kind of instruction, is maybe how to put it? Since the U.S. Open starts today, we’ll feature a few tennis scenes over the next two and a half weeks. Are there some tennis scenes – anywhere in the work of Peter Abrahams a.k.a. Spencer Quinn – that we’re missing?

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Beginnings (More)

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June 24th, 2018 Posted 8:15 am

On Sundays we’ve been doing beginnings – all the Peter Abrahams books in chronological order, including those written under the Spencer Quinn pen name. Here from 2010 – #24, THEREBY HANGS A TAIL, second in the Chet and Bernie series. Among many other things, Chet has an encounter with aging hippies. I love writing about hippies!

[“Quinn has a gift for hardboiled and Kibbled dialogue, and his novels are a delicious mix of comedy, of quirky character studies (in the manner of Elmore Leonard or Carl Hiaasen) and Sam Spade-style action. I can’t think of a better break from the headlines.”
– Booklist]

The perp looked around – what nasty little eyes he had! – and saw there was nowhere to go.

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