The Sunday Salon: A booty of Hard Case Crime, Elmore Leonard and Arthur C. Clarke

The Sunday Salon.com Today I took two books with us to my parents to read, but didn’t get to either one. The first was Agatha Christie’s Murder at Hazelmoor (a copy of which earlier I mentioned had been raptured, but this past week I bought another copy online to replace the one that was raptured); the second, Michael  Connelly’s The Lincoln Lawyer as I prepare to read Connelly’s The Brass Verdict, which has a character from that book in it.

My mother’s birthday is tomorrow and the family celebrated it today with burgers, hot dogs, chips and her special pasta salad (sans onions, the way I like it). At the gathering along with my dad, my mom (of course), my aunt (who lives with my mom and dad), my wife and me were my sister and brother-in-law and our nephew. If you forget, my brother-in-law was the one who introduced me to Donald E. Westlake and also the Hard Case Crime series.

Today, he brought me a new collection of loot, mostly from the Hard Case Crime series with a few others thrown in for good measure. Here’s a photo of the books he brought for me to read.

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In case you can’t read the titles in the photo, they are, from top left to bottom right:

  1. House Dick by E. Howard Hunt
  2. Witness to Myself by Seymour Shubin
  3. Fake I.D. by Jason Starr
  4. the aforementioned The Lincoln Lawyer
  5. the aforementioned Agatha Christie novel
  6. Casino Moon by Peter Blauner
  7. The Colorado Kid by Stephen King
  8. Say It With Bullets by Richard Powell
  9. 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
  10. 2010: Odyssey Two also by  Clarke
  11. 2061: Odyssey Three also by Clarke
  12. 3001: The Final Odyssey also by Clarke
  13. Blood Money and other stories by Elmore Leonard
  14. Three-Ten to Yuma and other stories also by Leonard
  15. Moment of Vengeance and other stories also by Leonard
  16. Trail of the Apache also by Leonard
  17. The Totem by David Morrell, author of First Blood, the basis of the Rambo movies
  18. Assumed Identity also by Morrell
  19. Smoke by Donald E. Westlake
  20. Shadow of the Hegemon by Orson Scott Card

Yikes, I just realized that’s 20 books. I may or many not get to the Arthur C. Clarke books, because I believe I had tried the first one previously and never made it through it. However, that was years ago when I was a teenager. It might be different now.

Out of the others, the ones to which I’m most looking forward are the Westlake book, of course, and the Hard Case Crime books, specially according to my brother-in-law, Powell’s Say It With Bullets. The Leonard collections and Morrell books are just bonuses to me as well as the Orson Scott Card book.

“Professor, what’s another word for pirate treasure?”
“I think it’s booty.”

5 responses to “The Sunday Salon: A booty of Hard Case Crime, Elmore Leonard and Arthur C. Clarke

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  3. Oh I have not heard the Beastie Boys in AGES.

    I love the idea of family gatherings where books are exchanged.

  4. I wish people would bring books to family gatherings for me to read. (sniffing sadly)

    • unfinishedperson

      This has only been a recent development. Previous to this year, it hasn’t happened much, but my brother-in-law has been getting on a roll with books in which I’m also interested, and sometimes vice versa.