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CB likes to read. Believe it or not. Yeah I know, this is supposed to be a place of music and film but you can put on some music while you read or read while you’re watching a real boring fucking movie with your gal or guy.
Anyway enough of my nonsense. I’ve been a story guy since I can remember. Whether it’s a film, a book, verbal whatever. I love a good story. So here are a few books that might give you some summer (or any other season you choose) reading. I won’t impress you with my high intellect and “Boy that CB sure has read some high brow stuff”. No. It’s the same as the music/film I love. These books I really dug.
Without a doubt one of my favorite writers. Charles Willeford. This novel introduces us to Hoke Mosley, one of my all time favorite fictional characters. A Miami homicide cop with a bunch of baggage just trying to make ends meet and catch a psychopath. I think I might read it again after that intro.
Just a great story by a guy who knows this stuff. A little longer than my usual reads but worth every page. A great American book. Hey, a great book.
Party Of One
You might recognize this guy. Our very own Music Enthusiast (some of our friends on this blog thing have hidden talents) does a fine job telling a story about a young guy trying to get his shit together in Philly in the 70’s. Good read with lots of humor and real characters. CB got a real feel for the time and place. “Doc. Well done”.
My first step into James Ellroy’s world. It’s a different place and not for the faint of heart. He pulls no punches and gives you the grit off the grit. Dave Klein is one bad ass cop dealing with everything that is sketchy in LA. You want nice, this isn’t the place for you.
The Big Rock Candy Mountain
In this Wallace Stegner story Bo Mason is looking for the big score, easy street, the big rock candy mountain. With a pocket full of dreams he drags his family along on his misguided quest. Great story. Why hasn’t it been made into a movie?
This will grab you and take you for a one well written engaging thriller. Get into the mind of a serial killer. The book that started the whole Lecktor thing. It is a good read.
The Executioner Song
This true story had me all the way. So much to take in. The events, the people involved, the circumstances. You can’t make this kind of thing up. Absolutely fascinating. You will never forget the name Gary Gilmore.
Evergreen Dreaming : Trail Tales Of An Aging Hiker
Another creative output by one of our blog brothers (greenpete58). You know how much CB likes to take a walk, well he takes a hike with Pete who shares his thoughts and experience on his challenging wilderness outings. He meets them head on. Enjoyed hanging with Pete on this one.
The Killer Inside Me
Big Jim Thompson is another of my favorite writers. If you don’t want dark, scary and crazy stay away from deputy sheriff Lou Ford. A bonafide small town maniac.
Pete Dexter doesn’t write a bad word in this book or any of his others. Go down south for this story of race, class and murder. Again not a light read.
The Hot Kid
How do you choose a book by Elmore. Just close your eyes and grab one. They’re all good. Carl (Carlos) Webster is a U.S. Marshal during the depression. You don’t want him coming after you. Lots of great characters brought to life by one of the best in the business. Dutch is a fave.
One of William Kennedy’s Albany books. I love this era and this story of a man’s fall from grace. Francis Phelan is being chased by the ghosts from his past. He’s a drunk, he’s a bum and he’s trying to deal with his messed up past. They made a good movie out of this one.
Banks gives us a story about John Brown who just didn’t talk about ending Slavery, he did something about it. Is there anything scarier than a religious nutcase? Fact and fiction come together for a great read.
We are on the Texas/Mexico border in the mid 1800’s before it was safe for any living thing. Take a trip into McCarthy’s hell on earth.
If these writers don’t grab you check out the literary giants below.