Friday, February 26, 2010

Back for More

I’m starting to have trouble remembering what Fridays were like, before Patti Abbott launched her “forgotten books” series. This series has become a standard treat at the end of every week; and while the same bloggers don’t always participate, those who do always offer plenty of interesting--and obscure--reading suggestions.

In addition to Leighton Gage’s write-up in The Rap Sheet about The Light of Day, by Eric Ambler, this week’s forgotten finds include: If the Coffin Fits, by Day Keene; Dead and Done For, by Robert Reeves; Tapping the Source, by Kem Nunn; Spells of Evil, by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac; Voice Out of Darkness, by Ursula Curtiss; The Chinese Parrot, by Earl Derr Biggers; Marked Man, by Mel Stein; The Case of the Chinese Boxes, by Marele Day; Mel Gilden’s Zoot Marlowe novels; and Margery Allingham’s Albert Campion short stories. Also, Randy Johnson looks back at the short-story collection Tales of Wells Fargo, which, while it’s western fiction based on an old TV series, was written by a guy familiar in crime-fiction circles, Frank Gruber.

Abbott features a full list of today’s participating bloggers here, plus a trio of other oft-neglected works worth rediscovering.

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