The Red Right Hand by Joel Townsley Rogers

A nightmarish road trip through terror and mayhem

A nightmarish road trip through terror and mayhem. Pyramid Books paperback, A Green Door Mystery, 50 cents

The Red Right Hand (1945) by Joel Townsley Rogers. I’d heard about this book last year and bought it but never read it. Rich’s review at Past Offenses reminded me that I should go ahead and read it. His positive review made me finally pick it up. I enjoyed the story.

This novel has been described as “nightmarish” and “terrifying” by reviewers and critics alike. The book is the most famous and hailed as his “masterpiece.” The Red Right Hand was originally written as a novella  in 1945 that was expanded and published in the same year. The title is described as horror and mystery and runs about 191 pages in length.

What is The Red Right Hand by Joel Townsley Rogers about? The story is about a couple’s spontaneous decision to drive from New York to Vermont to get married. The backstory provides more detail on how they met and so forth. Along the way, they pick up a tramp with “red eyes” who turns their road trip into one of nightmare and mayhem. Continue reading

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The Son by Jo Nesbø tr. Charlotte Barslund

Sonny Lofthus in a hoodie goes on a murdering rampage for justice.

Sonny Lofthus in a gray hoodie. He goes on a murdering rampage for justice.

Jo Nesbo has sold over 20 million books and that’s because he’s a) good at characterizations b) plotting and c) entertaining readers (see The Devil’s Star and The Redeemer)The Son is Nesbo’s second standalone book. His first was Headhunters and… I hated that one or rather I hated the narratorI wasn’t sure I would like The Son because of the absence of a Harry Hole-like character. Also, Charlotte Barslund took over translating duties from Don Bartlett who catapulted Nesbo to stardom and that made me wary. Despite my reservations, I enjoyed this story more than I had anticipated.

In the Staten Maximum Security Prison, Sonny Lofthus is a healer. He also hears confessions from other inmates and confesses to other people’s crimes for heroin. He’s the son of a corrupt police officer who dies of an apparent suicide. Sonny learns later that his father was murdered. So he escapes prison and goes on a killing spree to avenge his father’s death. Continue reading

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Price Drops on Some Kindle Books

Readers, this post is for you. I’ve been getting some alerts for price drops this morning and thought I’d share a few of the lower priced mysteries that I thought you all might be interested in. I haven’t read all of these but I will highlight which ones I did. Please note that the deals are U.S. based and might be geo restricted. If I had my way, those two things wouldn’t be a barrier to readers accessing great books at great prices. Continue reading

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