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.
In case you can’t read the titles in the photo, they are, from top left to bottom right:
- House Dick by E. Howard Hunt
- Witness to Myself by Seymour Shubin
- Fake I.D. by Jason Starr
- the aforementioned The Lincoln Lawyer
- the aforementioned Agatha Christie novel
- Casino Moon by Peter Blauner
- The Colorado Kid by Stephen King
- Say It With Bullets by Richard Powell
- 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
- 2010: Odyssey Two also by Clarke
- 2061: Odyssey Three also by Clarke
- 3001: The Final Odyssey also by Clarke
- Blood Money and other stories by Elmore Leonard
- Three-Ten to Yuma and other stories also by Leonard
- Moment of Vengeance and other stories also by Leonard
- Trail of the Apache also by Leonard
- The Totem by David Morrell, author of First Blood, the basis of the Rambo movies
- Assumed Identity also by Morrell
- Smoke by Donald E. Westlake
- 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.”