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SET IN 1908-1910 SAN FRANCISCO, THE MAXWELL VENDETTA AND THE SECOND VENDETTA DESCRIBE A FAMILY’S STRUGGLE AGAINST A MARAUDER INTENT ON DESTROYING EVERY TRACE OF THEM AND THEIR LEGACY.

WITH THE E-BOOK AT JUST $2.99, AND  THE PAPERBACK AT $10.99 (2ND VENDETTA ONLY) THIS IS ONE OF THE GREATEST BARGAINS IN LITERARY HISTORY. JUST CLICK ON A COVER IMAGE TO BUY IMMEDIATELY.

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THE MAXWELL VENDETTA

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THE SECOND VENDETTA

 

comprise two volumes of a trilogy of historical thrillers set in 19th and early twentieth century San Francisco and the Sierra Nevada. The third, entitled BONITA is nearing completion and will appear in due time. For a peek inside the covers of all three, click right here:  COMING ATTRACTIONS

APPOINTMENT WITH JOHN O’HARA

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For some unfathomable reason there seems to be a movement to make John O’Hara into some kind of a neglected literary gem instead of the author of a series of pop lit pot boilers. Personally, I have nothing against pop … Continue reading

INDEPENDENCE: TANGLED ROOTS & PROSE

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In his brand new Independence:The Tangled Roots of the American Revolution, Thomas Slaughter clearly demonstrates the truth of his title. In his hindsightful look, this little experiment with a distant colony of its own people was doomed always for England. … Continue reading

HOW MANY LASHES FOR YOU?

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Forty Lashes Less One is another Elmore oater. I said I was off these for a while, but when a buddy drops this on the front porch–well, why put the friendship in danger? I’ve read a number of novels set in … Continue reading

WAITING . . . AND WAITING . . . AND WAITING

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Back in the day–way back, say twelfth century back. Before the invention of the novel–poets in the courtly love tradition liked to compete over who could put their lovers in more difficult circumstances and draw out an affair.  In one … Continue reading

BEAUTIFUL RUINS? WELL, NICE ONES ANYHOW

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I thought the name Jess Walter sounded familiar, but it wasn’t till I looked at some after-notes in Beautiful Ruins, that I realized he was responsible for a disappointing experience I had last year with his The Financial Lives of … Continue reading

APPOINTMENT WITH JOHN O’HARA

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For some unfathomable reason there seems to be a movement to make John O’Hara into some kind of a neglected literary gem instead of the author of a series of pop lit pot boilers. Personally, I have nothing against pop … Continue reading

THE MAN WAS THURSDAY

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I decided for this installment of my exploration of the classics to go to C.K. Chesterton. A Meetup Group (which I don’t plan to attend) broadcast its intention to discuss The Man Who Was Thursday. Why not moi? Glad in a … Continue reading

INTRODUCING TIM’S JUNIOR

In my continuing entertainment affair with Tim Hallinan, I find myself face to face with yet a third character. Poke Rafferty’s in Bangkok, Simeon Grist’s in L.A., as is the new guy, Junior Bender. Difference is that while Rafferty and … Continue reading