Best American books, part 3

PART 1     PART 2 THE EXECUTIONER’S SONG, Norman Mailer Norman Mailer’s Pulitzer Prize-winning and unforgettable classic about convicted killer Gary Gilmore now in a brand-new edition. Arguably the greatest book from America’s most heroically ambitious writer, THE EXECUTIONER’S SONG follows the short, blighted life of Gary Gilmore who became famous after he robbed two men in 1976 and killed them in cold blood. After being tried and convicted, he immediately insisted on being executed for his crime. To do so, he fought a system that seemed intent on keeping him alive long after it had sentenced him to death. And that fight for the right to die is what made him famous. Mailer tells not only Gilmore’s story, but those of the men and women caught in the web of his life and drawn into his procession toward the firing squad. All with implacable authority, steely compassion, and a restraint that evokes the parched landscape and stern theology of Gilmore’s Utah. THE EXECUTIONER’S SONG is a trip down the wrong side of the tracks to the deepest source of American loneliness and violence. It is a towering achievement-impossible to put down, impossible to forget.   THE FATEFUL TRIANGLE,  Noam Chomsky… Continue reading

– The Top 100 Mystery Novels of All Time –

  According to Mystery Writers of America this is the 1995 list of The Top 100 Mystery Novels of All Time.     Arthur Conan Doyle: The Complete Sherlock Holmes (1887-1927) Dashiell Hammett: The Maltese Falcon (1930) Edgar Allan Poe: Tales of Mystery & Imagination (1852) Josephine Tey: The Daughter of Time (1951) Scott Turow: Presumed Innocent (1987) John le Carré: The Spy Who Came In From the Cold (1963) Wilkie Collins: The Moonstone (1868) Raymond Chandler: The Big Sleep (1939) Daphne du Maurier: Rebecca (1938) Agatha Christie: And Then There Were None (1939) Robert Traver: Anatomy of a Murder (1958) Agatha Christie: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926) Raymond Chandler: The Long Goodbye (1953) James M. Cain: The Postman Always Rings Twice (1934) Mario Puzo: The Godfather (1969) Thomas Harris: The Silence of the Lambs (1988) Eric Ambler: A Coffin for Dimitrios (1939) Dorothy L. Sayers: Gaudy Night (1935) Agatha Christie: The Witness for the Prosecution (1948) * Frederick Forsyth: The Day of the Jackal (1971) Raymond Chandler: Farewell My Lovely (1940) John Buchan: The Thirty-Nine Steps (1915) Umberto Eco: The Name of the Rose (1980) Fyodor Dostoyevsky: Crime and Punishment (1866) Ken Follett: Eye of the Needle (1978)… Continue reading

– A story of murder, with a part played by Edgar Allan Poe –

The Poet, Michael Connelly. Crime Fiction This is the story of a crime reporter Jack McEvoy, who is told his twin brother, an LA cop, has committed suicide: a bullet to the head while sitting in a parked car, the doors locked. On the inside of the foggy windscreen, written with a finger, is a quote from Edgar Allan Poe. His fellow police officers are convinced that it is suicide. His twin brother, Jack, doesn’t believe it. He begins his own investigation, and soon finds that there has been an extraordinary number of police suicides. As Jack follows up leads, acting the detective, he finds evidence that indicates a cop killer is behind the deaths. Usually there is a suicide note found with the body, the note is a quote from Edgar Allan Poe. The local police try to discourage Jack, they tell him to accept the facts, move on, since they are certain it was suicide and the case is closed. But as Jack McEvoy gathers evidence from different states, the FBI become involved when they discover there is a pattern to the suicide/ murders. Jack and the FBI are now on the trail of “The Poet” who is… Continue reading