Monday, August 18, 2014

Pulp Poem of the Week



elaborately
unaware
of the noise

          Harry Whittington
          Call Me Killer
          1951

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Book Review: Donald E. Westlake, Watch Your Back! (2005)



Watch Your Back! belongs at the bottom of the top tier of Dortmunder novels. Lightweight but exquisitely plotted, the novel concerns, in large part, the fate of the O.J. Bar and Grill, where Dortmunder and his crew often meet. The more affection that you feel for the O.J., the more you will care how things turn out, so Watch Your Back! is best read in its proper sequence (12th novel in the series, not counting one story collection), by which time, if you are still reading the series, you ought to care a great deal. Grade: A-

Monday, August 11, 2014

Book Review: P. J. Wolfson, Is My Flesh of Brass? [a.k.a. The Flesh Baron] (1934)



How do you know that, deep down, an abortionist is a good guy? When he charters a plane in bad weather to fly across country to perform a late-term abortion on his fellow abortionist’s desperate underage ex-girlfriend. How do you know that, deep down, a writer is a good guy? When he dedicates his novel about abortionists to his wife. Pioneering noir from 1934. Grade: B

Pulp Poem of the Week



I’m not Rebecca
of Sunnybrook Farm.
I’m thirty-four and
I’ve been married twice.

          Charles Williams
          Aground
          1960

Monday, August 4, 2014

Pulp Poem of the Week



there ain’t nothin’
as aggravatin’
to live with as
a disillusioned hawg

          Charles Williams
          Uncle Sagamore and His Girls
          1959

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Book Review: Harry Whittington, Call Me Killer (1951)



Amnesia Noir meets Noir Cop. Our amnesiac, of course, cannot remember whether he actually killed that guy, while our Noir Cop clings to his Noir Ways in the face of encroaching forensics. The plot machinations are a bit much to swallow, but you can go only so far wrong when Amnesia Noir meets Noir Cop. Grade: B

Monday, July 28, 2014

Pulp Poem of the Week



To see him
is to wanna
not see him.

          Donald E. Westlake
          The Road to Ruin
          2004