Our time is marked by many things, things that come around with predictability. August means the return of football, the end of the Perseid meteor shower, the approach of another school year, and that it is time to get busy and finish the Autumn newsletter. Has anybody seen Halloween candy in the drug stores yet?
Last week (and this week, it looks like), we had problems getting newzines to Yahoo addresses and those addresses they manage. Seems to be a Yahoo problem after a big spam attack. If you hadn’t gotten recent newzines, visit our blog to read them. Here’s last week’s – newzine 7.31.15
Rest In Peace
Gray was born Doris Jensen in Staplehurst, NE, on Oct 23, 1922. She graduated cum laude from Hamline University where she studied dramatics.
She moved to Southern California and took the usual route of working many small jobs to support herself while beginning her acting career both with small parts in movies and on stage.
Her first big part was in Red River (1948 – though it was filmed in 1946). From there she appeared in a string of notable films noir: Kiss of Death with Victor Mature and Richard Widmark and Nightmare Alley with Tyrone Power (both released in 1947), The Sleeping City (1950), Kansas City Confidential (1952) and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing (1956).
She also starred in a number of Westerns, including 1955’s Tennesee’s Partner in which she appeared with Ronald Reagan and John Payne. In other films she sang with Bing Crosby, played opposite William Holden, George Raft, amd Yvonne De Carlo. She was in romantic comedies and horror movies.
She also appeared TV shows from the 50s through the late 80s – “McCloud”, “Ironside”, “Mannix”, “The Name of the Game”, “Judd for the Defense”, “The F.B.I.”, “Alfred Hitchcock Presents”, “77 Sunset Strip”, “Mike Hammer” (back in ’58), and 4 times on “Perry Mason”.
She retired from 42 years of acting in 1986. Ms. Gray died in LA on August 3 at the age of 92.
We’ll be closed on Monday, Sept 7th – Labor Day
Links of Interest:
New Gardner Museum video may show thieves 24 hours before art heist (shouldn’t that be OLD video ??)
Gillian Flynn: I Was Not A Nice Little Girl… (as dark as you’d expect it to be)
While we specialize in mystery and crime books, we can order virtually any new book that you might want, no matter what its topic.
New Signings (with authors who will be visiting the shop):
We’re sorry to report that, due to health issue, Peter May has been forced to cancel the US leg of his tour. Our event with him scheduled for Sat, Sept 26th has been cancelled.
Sat, Oct. 24, noon, Waverly Curtis (Waverly Fitzgerald and Curt Colbert) signs The Silence of the Chihuahuas (Kensington pbo, $7.99). 4th with talking Chihuahua private eye, Pepe. For some reason, the small sleuth has stopped talking, just when Geri needs his help most. Her sister is in danger and her best friend, Brad, is missing.
Signed Copies to Reserve
(the authors will not be here for a formal signing or we’ll be getting the copies from other sources): Standing Orders/Future File Reserves will automatically receive a signed copy.
David Baldacci, The Guilty (Nov., Grand Central hc, $28.00). When fourteen-year-old Jace Wilson witnesses a brutal murder, he's plunged into a new life, issued a false identity, and hidden in a wilderness skills program for troubled teens. The result is the start of a nightmare.
Michael Connelly, The Crossing (Nov., Little Brown hc, $28.00). Now retired from the LAPD, Harry Bosch reluctantly agrees to help his half-brother Mickey Haller on a case.
Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, Crimson Shore (Nov., Grand Central hc, $27.00).15th with Agent Pendergast. Special Agent Pendergast takes on a private case in Exmouth, Massachusetts - an ancient village on the coast north of Salem - to investigate the theft of a valuable wine cellar. He travels to the seaside town with his ward, Constance Greene, where they quickly discover something far more sinister.
[Quantities of signed copies for these books will be very limited. Reserving ahead of time – such as in next few days – is HIGHLY recommended. For the most part, we’ll be ordering only enough for those who reserve. You don’t have to pay until you pick it up or we mail it. Ask us to hold a copy for you!]
See the calendar of all currently-scheduled events on our website and the website calendar contains plot synopses. Click Here.
Richard Kadrey, Aug 25
J. C. Nelson, Aug 29
Julie Weston, Sept 5
J.A. Jance, Sept 8
K. K. Beck, Sept 12
Maia Chance, Sept 19
Peter May, Sept, 26
Martin Limón, Oct 6
Warren C. Easley, Oct 10
Yasmine Galenorn, Oct 31
Stephanie Gayle, Nov 14
And there are always more on the way!
Remember, too, that while it is always fun to come in and meet the author in person, that isn’t always possible. So reserve a signed copy to be mailed to you or for you to pick up later. Those who reserve in advance get the copies in the best condition!
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Word of the Week:
bloviate (v.) : From 1857, American English, a Midwestern word for "to talk aimlessly and boastingly; to indulge in 'high falutin'," according to Farmer (1890), who seems to have been the only British lexicographer to notice it. He says it was based on blow (v.) on the model of deviate, etc.
It seems to have been felt as outdated slang already by late 19th C. ("It was a leasure for him to hear the Doctor talk, or, as it was inelegantly expressed in the phrase of the period, 'bloviate' ...." ["Overland Monthly," San Francisco, 1872, describing a scene from 1860]), but it enjoyed a revival early 1920s during the presidency of Warren G. Harding, who wrote a notoriously ornate and incomprehensible prose (e.e. cummings eulogized him as "The only man, woman or child who wrote a simple declarative sentence with seven grammatical errors") at which time the word took on its connection with political speech; it faded again thereafter, but, with its derivative, bloviation, it enjoyed a revival in the 2000 U.S. election season that continued through the era of blogging.
(thanks to etymonline.com)
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What We’ve Been Reading:
I'd heard good things about Richard Kadrey's "Sandman Slim" series, and he's coming in on Tuesday, August 25th at noon to sign the seventh in that series, Killing Pretty (Harper, $25.99), so I figured I'd start with the first one, Sandman Slim (Harper, $14.99).
I read the first line - I wake up on a pile of smoldering garbage and leaves in the old Hollywood Forever cemetery behind the Paramount Studio lot on Melrose, though the last details don't come to me until later. - and I stopped. I swear, my aversion to present tense narratives is edging beyond quirky into pathological. I'm not kidding when I say I closed it and reached for another book.
But I'm an adult, darn it, at least according to my driver's license, so I picked Sandman Slim back up, told myself "three chapters, and then I can say I tried" and dove back in.
And I'm glad I did.
James Stark got himself sent to Hell, or Downtown as he calls it, in an act of bad faith by some old friends. Now Stark has figured out a way to survive being human Downtown, and he found a way to escape. It wasn't easy, of course, but he did it. And some of the things he learned while he was down there are standing him in good stead as he prowls L.A. in his unswerving determination to kill off those "friends" who betrayed him eleven years ago.
Naturally, things don't go as planned, and there are all kinds of ways Stark's plans can and do go wrong, but he's nothing if not determined.
I'm a killer who hasn't managed to kill anything. And it must be clear to everyone paying attention that I'm not Sam Spade. I don't know what I'm doing. I'm running on instinct and hunches.
Stark is brash and funny, possessing the ability to shred his clothes if nothing else, and is decidedly not politically correct, but he's got moxie and he's charming, in a very Bad Boy sort of way. On his own, Stark's enough to make the series interesting, but I've gotta give Richard Kadrey total props: his characters are nothing if not unique and incredibly entertaining.
She kicks the can out of the way and slams the door. I can hear her stomp down every single step, like she's punishing the staircase, like God's tiniest tyrannosaurus.
I will definitely read the entire series, present tense notwithstanding, because Richard Kadrey's created a great world filled with great people, and the twist that are bound to come up along the way will prove to be exceptionally entertaining, I'm sure!
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On This Date:
Aug 9 – Laurence Meynell was born in Staffordshire (1899), Dutch diplomat and mystery writer Robert van Gulik was born (1910, his Judge Dee books began in the ‘40s), Jill McGown was born in Argyll, Scotland (1947)
Aug 9, 1927 – the masterful actor Robert Shaw was born in Lancashire
Aug 9, 1949 – psychologist and Edgar-winner Jonathan Kellerman was born in NYC
Aug 9, 1950 – William H. Parker became the Chief of Police in LA
Aug 9, 19?? - romantic suspense's Carla Neggers was born in Ware, MA
Aug 9 – Melanie Griffith was born in NYC (1957), Eric Bana was born in Melbourne and Gillian Anderson was born in Chicago (1968)
Aug 9, 1969 – the Manson ‘family’ slaughters five. The next night they slaughter the LaBiancas
Aug 10, 1851 – Old West gunfighter “Mysterious” Dave Mather was born in Connecticut
Aug 10 - Frances Noyes Hart was born in Silver Springs, MD (1890), Hugh Pentecost was born in Northfield, MA (1903), Dorothy B. Hughes was born in Kansas City (1904). She was one of the few women to win applause during her career for penning hard-boiled fiction. A couple of her thrillers were made into movies, including In a Lonely Place with Bogart. She was given the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award in ‘78
Aug 10, 1907 – Alvin “Creepy” Karpis, one of the smartest of the gangsters and the brains of the Barker Gang, was born in Montreal
Aug 10, 1913 – character actor Noah Beery was born in NYC. Most would remember him for playing Jim Rockford’s dad in the 70s
Aug 10, 1950 - Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard premiered
Aug 10, 1960 – the Rat Pack’s Ocean’s Eleven premiered
Aug 10, 1972 – actress and TV investigator Angie Harmon was born
Aug 11, 1907 – William Haggard (aka Richard Henry Michael Clayton) was born in Croydon, Surry
Aug 11, 1918 - Donald MacKenzie was born in Toronto
Aug 11, 1986 – in Miami-Dade County, 8 FBI agents and a pair of serial bank robbers shot it out – two agents were killed, five wounded, both thieves died
Aug 12, 1876 - Mary Roberts Rinehart was born in Pittsburgh
Aug 12, 1931 – novelist and screenwriter William Goldman was born in Chicago
Aug 12, 1935 – the late great John Cazale (The Godfather, Dog Day Afternoon) was born in Boston and, in 1975, Casey Affleck was born in Falmouth, MA
Aug 12, 1963 – the award-winning thriller writer Texan Jeff Abbott was born
Aug 12, 19?? – early Happy Birthday to long-time customer and collector Kevin P.
Aug 13, 1860 – Phoebe Ann Moses was born in North Star, OH. We remember as Annie Oakley
Aug 13, 1899 - Alfred Hitchcock was born in London. We’d like to think it was a Friday the 13th…
Aug 13, 1909 - Charles Williams was born in San Angelo, TX
Aug 14, 1851 – future dentist, gambler and gunman John Henry “Doc” Holiday was born in Griffin, GA
Aug 14, 1901 – President William McKinley died from the bullet wound received eight days before
Aug 14, 1946 – Antonio Fargus (Huggy Bear in “Starsky and Hutch”) was born in NYC
Aug 14, 1959 – a tough dame in the movies, Marcia Gay Harden was born in La Jolla
Aug 14, 1966 – future Bond Girl and Academy Award Winner Halle Berry was born in Cleveland
Aug 14, 1980 – Playmate and actress Dorothy Stratton was murdered by her estranged husband
Aug 14, 1994 – Leon: The Professional premiered in France
And Have a Relaxing and Book-Filled Weekend!