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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

LOOK AT ME A BOOK WORTH A LOOK

Charlotte Swanson’s a model, or was before the auto accident that smashed her face. The eighty-screw repair surgery changes her looks, and the recovery time leaves her stranded in the midwestern home town from which she worked so hard escape … Continue reading

TALKING ABOUT THE LIGHT

Aside from the fact that Louise Penny’s How The Light Gets In took its title from one of my favorite Leonard Cohen lines (“There’s a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”) and that it is set  in one of … Continue reading

THE MISANTHROPES

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Tom Dulack writes a rather long forward to his The Misanthropes in which he evaluates the audience impact of various literary forms–novels, plays, screenplays. He pretty much concludes that novels and plays have the most lasting impact and that films, though … Continue reading

CICERO–ORATOR, POLITICIAN, VICTIM

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You probably pronounce it “sisero” as I did. However, my granddaughter’s taking Latin, and she took the opportunity to correct her grandfather. According to her, it’s “Kikero,” and it means “chickpea.” Cute. Something a mother might call her infant, but … Continue reading

ANOTHER CASE FOR POET/COP CHEN

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This time it’s The Mao Case, and it drags us deeper than ever into Qiu Xiaolong’s exploration of the Chinese dilemma with its Maoist history. There are the usual dilemmas here for Chen, his ambivalence about how to exist as both … Continue reading