Books by Patrick Quinn

THICK AS THIEVES by Patrick Quinn
Released: Feb. 15, 1995

A ho-hum heist of food stamps (food stamps?) from a midwestern printing plant erupts in a string of firecracker violence when one of the principals decides to double-cross the hired help. Mackin (no first name), the nerveless pro brought in from Kansas City to supervise the actual break-in, is mad because Pointy Williams, the local up-and-comer who set up the score, has given him a hot car for his drive to the airport and tipped off a pair of crooked cops that he's on his way out. The local law is mad because Mackin's escaped by killing both of the cops (``The worst cop killing in the city's history,'' thinks Sgt. Milos Petrone, who ain't seen nothing yet). Pointy Williams is mad because the white dude didn't get killed the way he was supposed to, and it's a cinch that he's going to be back with both barrels blazing. All the other local gangsters are mad because Mackin's thirst for revenge is bound to disrupt the smooth operation of the city's crime rings. And Malcolm Barrett, about to be released from a jail several hours away, is mad because Williams just killed his brother in an unrelated episode. When feelings run this high among an immense cast ranging from FBI types on the brink of retirement to gangland chauffeurs itching to retire their fading capos, you can be sure that a lot of somebodies are going to get killed—especially when Mackin, flushed by his success in robbing and shooting up Williams's restaurant, Ma Rainey's, while it's filled with terrified customers, decides to make it two for two with a plan to torch a Williams hot-car warehouse. Too many cooks, but Quinn's cheeky, knowing debut novel already shows some of Elmore Leonard's smooth moves. First of a series featuring the surviving players. Read full book review >
NONFICTION
Released: March 20, 1963

All the laconic scholarship and lightning sharp interpretations and insights which have made Graves' studies of the Greek myths one of the most seductive source books of the decade are here brought to bear with equal effectiveness on the Book of Genesis. True, the mating of religious matters with myths can offend the orthodox, for after all Hellenic polytheism is a far cry from Jewish monotheism. But Graves, along with his co-author Raphael Patai, makes short shrift of objections in a succinct, satin-tongued introduction. The offering frequents both the canonical and apocryphal tracts, and thus sheds light on much Biblical obfuscation. Among the touchier items: how Adam and Eve were initiated into the act of love; why Noah took to drink and how Ham "unmanned" him; what was what with Sodom, Potiphar, Behemoth and Leviathan; and the possibility that an earlier matriarchal culture was done in by the later patriarchy (elsewhere a consistent concern of Graves). Pietistic glossings, rabbinic expansions and multi-references are treated all over from the creation and cosmology through the Fall, the Flood, the stories of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph. Important for any literate home or library. Read full book review >