Here I am posting about two print (!) books added to my library shelf. This is a rare, rare thing readers. I am a digital only reader except in circumstances where I want to read something and it’s available in anything but digital. I figure it’s worth it.
First up is the 352 page novel marketed as the early fiction of Ken Bruen, A Fifth of Bruen. Published by Busted Flush Press in 2006, I took the plunge and ordered a used copy. What I received was a library copy, stamped from the Jackson Township Branch’s Ocean County Library in New Jersey in good condition with the words “discard” stamped on the bottom pages. The stories in this edition are: Funeral: Tales of the Irish Morbidities (1991), Martyrs (1994), Shades of Grace (1993), Sherry and Other Stories (1994), All the Old Songs and Nothing to Lose (1994) and last, The Time of Serena-May and Upon the Third Cross (1994).
Next up is David Goodis (1917 to 1967). He’s an author I’ve heard about but never gave much thought to. Goodis is said to epitomize noir crime fiction. I broke down and bought Shoot the Piano Player which was actually titled as Down There in 1956 and inspired the French film by François Truffaut. I have Ken Bruen to thank. Writer Bill Crider did an interview with Ken Bruen at Bouchercon in 2006 and all Ken Bruen says is Goodis (ok for the first two questions). So, naturally, my curiosity is piqued. Just what is so good about David Goodis? I shall find out soon. The full Ken Bruen interview is below. Have a good weekend.