Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Fantastic Fours

My suggestion yesterday that crime-fiction bloggers take up “the four play meme challenge” has already produced some interesting responses. So far, I’ve spotted posts by Patti Abbott, Scott D. Parker, Cullen Gallagher, Bill Crider, James Reasoner, David Cranmer, Randy Johnson, Donna Moore, Rhian Davies, George Kelley, and Uriah Robinson. I also just received a list from crime-fictionist, western novelist, and founder of the Private Eye Writers of America Robert J. Randisi (right), whose most recent books, of many, are You’re Nobody ’Til Somebody Kills You (a Rat Pack Mystery) and Dial Emmy for Murder (a Soap Opera Mystery), written with Eileen Davidson. I am posting Randisi’s responses below.

4 movies you would watch over and over again:

Eddie and the Cruisers

4 places you have lived:

Brooklyn (born there)
St. Louis, Missouri
Clarksville, Missouri

4 TV shows you love to watch:

Harry O
Secret Agent
Stargate: SG1
Burn Notice

4 places you have been on vacation:

Deadwood, North Dakota
Las Vegas, Nevada
New Orleans, Louisiana
Sanibel, Florida

4 of your favorite foods:

Fried Chicken

4 Web sites you visit daily (there are none, but if I had to pick ...):

The Rap Sheet
Ed Gorman Blog
Bill Crider’s Pop Culture Magazine

4 places you would rather be right now:

Las Vegas
New Orleans
Sedona, Arizona

4 things you want to do before you die:

Go to the Kentucky Derby
Go to the Breeder’s Cup
Tour Europe
Sing with an orchestra on stage

4 books you wish you could read again for the first time:

Replay, by Ken Grimwood
Dune, by Frank Herbert
The Moving Target, by Ross Macdonald
Death of a Citizen, by Donald Hamilton

Tag 4 people you think will respond:

Ed Gorman
Bill Crider
Paul Bishop
Max Allan Collins

UPDATE: This “four play” meme continues to rumble through the blogosphere. Corey Wilde has posted his own list in The Drowning Machine. Ed Gorman has his say on these matters here, while Todd Mason presents his picks in the Sweet Freedom blog. Weighing in elsewhere are Keith Rawson, Patrick Shawn Bagley, and the mysterious Iasa. Oh, and Peter Rozovsky decided to modify the categories to fit his idiosyncratic tastes (you radical you!). We’ll keep watch on the spread of this meme over the next few days.

1 comment:

Scott D. Parker said...

"Sing with an orchestra on stage" That's very cool! I take it you sing with other groups now?

And I'm still hunting for Death of a Citizen. I could certainly buy it online but the hunt is half the fun.