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    Just finished:

    William Boyle “Shoot Out The Moonlight”. Named after a Garland Jeffreys song, it’s another of his South Brooklyn* set small time criminals sagas in which the seeds ofnruined lives are sewn early. I like his stuff though I think he’s still yet to find his groove. That’s four Ive read now and I’ll keep checking the library shelves for more.
    *Ursus off again on his Brooklyn geography analysis trip again?

    George Pelecanos “The Man Who Came Uptown”. As usual GP sets his tale in Washington DC. Wrongly(or was he?) convicted man with a prison developed reading habit is released early and determined to go straight. Not GPsfinest work but decent enough, if the characters never reappear I wouldn’t be too bothered.

    Walter Mosley “Blood Grove”. Eighteenth! in the Easy Rawlins series (I’ve missed more than a few). Dunno what happened when I wasn’t looking but it’s now 1968 and Easy is living in a very posh part of LA, owns a PI agency and drives a yellow Rolls Royce he received in part payment for a case. A black PI driving a yellow Rolls Royce in 60s America isn’t gonna do much successful tailing or staking out even I can figure that out. A PTSD suffering white viet vet needs Easys help to find out if he really did kill a black man or just imagined it…….and that’s just for openers. Mouse is still around. It’s good but not great. I read Easys debut “Devil In A Blue Dress” the week it was released in the U.K. and still think it’s the best of the series though I’ve missed a few by the looks of it.


    Ive got the third of William McIlvaneys Laidlaw series to start tonight. I think that’ll be the lot reread since I heard Rankin was finishing off a part written fourth last year.

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      Originally posted by Sunderporinostesta View Post
      They’re forty! Aaaargh I’m getting old. Duffy s the PI with the limp after the shooting isn’t he? On/off girlfriends a WPC I think. Must be twenty years since I read one. I was always surprised they never became a TV series though there probably wasn’t enough of them.
      That's the one (though not the limp, that's JK Rowling's guy, no?) They do seem like excellent TV fodder. There's four books so four season's-worth at least. More if Barnes was willing to licence the character.

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        Rowling's character has an artificial leg

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          Originally posted by Amor de Cosmos View Post

          That's the one (though not the limp, that's JK Rowling's guy, no?) They do seem like excellent TV fodder. There's four books so four season's-worth at least. More if Barnes was willing to licence the character.
          The one I’m thinking of isn’t Rowlings feller, he was injured in the military. The one I’m thinking of is a cockney PI ex Met with a limp from either a gunshot or explosion. An 80s book series that wasn’t filmed. It’s gonna drive me nuts this.

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            The Jimmy Jenner series by John Milne. Five books. Jenner lost his leg on Met Police duty in a terrorist bombing incident. Rowlings taking the piss isn’t she? I’m sure I mentioned these books to MrsSundep when Rowlings bloke first appeared on tv. My memories going. I’ll be posting on here with no trousers on soon.

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              So much enjoying this.

              https://www.amazon.co.uk/Killing-Nov...t%2C695&sr=1-1

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                Thanks for the recommendation

                99p, so I couldn't say no

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                  Originally posted by Felicity, I guess so View Post
                  Thanks for the recommendation

                  99p, so I couldn't say no
                  No problem. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Maybe the fun element dissipated the longer the novel went on but it still a story that subverted a lot of the tropes I have experienced with crime fiction.

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