Search Results: "Ed Gorman"


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TICKET TO RIDE by Ed Gorman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 20, 2010

"The locals seem to be displaying more dirty laundry more openly than usual (Fools Rush In, 2007, etc.). Blame the Beatles."
1965. Echoes of the Vietnam War trouble the waters of Black River Falls, Iowa—which, as fans of attorney/investigator Sam McCain know, were never all that peaceful to begin with. Read full book review >

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BLOOD MOON by Ed Gorman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 1994

"Not much of a riddle to end a professionally told story whose most promising complications are over halfway through the book."
A new hero for veteran novelist and anthologist Gorman (The Night Remembers, 1993, etc.): Robert Payne, forensic psychologist and former FBI agent. Read full book review >

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FOOLS RUSH IN by Ed Gorman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 9, 2007

"Another picture postcard from middle America at a time when things seemed simpler but weren't."
June 1963. To the usual period trappings of Black River Falls, Iowa—ragtops, barber shops, s'mores, Woolworth's—Gorman adds racial tensions. Read full book review >

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STRANGLEHOLD by Ed Gorman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

"Both the mystery and the killer are forgettable. But Gorman (Ticket to Ride, 2009, etc.) creates such a deliciously knowing portrait of the down and dirty of political campaigns and family secrets that you forget the people are just made up."
A Chicago political consultant hired by a suburban Illinois Congresswoman discovers that dirty tricks are even dirtier, and more felonious, outside the Windy City. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2007

"Still, six out of 21 isn't bad."
Five of this year's crop are first-rate, one is truly superb—and the rest? Well, never mind those. Read full book review >

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CAT CRIMES TAKES A VACATION by Martin H. Greenberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 24, 1995

"Somebody's obviously buying these books, however, so expect a new twist next year."
The editors' series of Cat Crimes anthologies hits bottom with this sixth installment. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 2008

"Since the collection depends heavily on brand names, 2007 can't even be described as what baseball managers call a building year. Wait till next year is more like it."
The latest installment of the annual anthology suggests that it hasn't been a vintage year for the mystery short story. Read full book review >

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SLEUTHS OF THE CENTURY by Ed Gorman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

Sam Spade is practically the only headliner absent from this centennial feast of the familiar. Read full book review >

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PULP MASTERS by Ed Gorman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2001

"The two exceptions are James M. Cain, whose tricky valentine 'The Embezzler' is vintage Cain, and Mickey Spillane, who, despite the absence of Mike Hammer from 'Everybody's Watching Me,' sounds, for better or worse, exactly like Spillane."
The biggest revelation of these five pulp novelettes, 1938-77, and Harry Whittington's 1953 short novel So Dead My Love is how much more their common voices and formulas, often displayed in apprentice work, make then sound like each other than like the eventually famous authors—John D. MacDonald (a fraternity killer), Lawrence Block (a stag-party killer), Donald E. Westlake (a sad, crimeless anti-romance)—you thought you knew. Read full book review >

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AMERICAN PULP by Ed Gorman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"95 for 560 pages of the stuff your mother warned you to keep away from."
Or American Digest, since editors Gorman and Greenberg (Love Kills, p. 595, etc.), joined by veteran Pronzini (A Wasteland of Strangers, p. 914, etc.), contend that the true high-water mark of short noir fiction was the period from 1950 to 1970, after Black Mask and its ilk had already been killed off by inexpensive paperbacks and TV, and digests like Manhunt and Pursuit reigned supreme. Read full book review >

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WAKE UP LITTLE SUSIE by Ed Gorman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"The governor of Iowa should give veteran Gorman the key to the state."
This prequel to The Day the Music Died (1999) kicks off with Ford dealer Dick Keys's unveiling of the ballyhooed 1957 Edsel, and his discovery of a woman's corpse in the trunk of one of his futuristic new cars, as dead as the Edsel soon will be. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"US or England—nobody's likely to quarrel with the volume's inclusiveness, with Jon L. Breen's 25-page state-of-the-genre introduction, or with the hope that the subtitle turns out to be accurate."
Editor Gorman's 1992-99 annuals, formerly titled The Year's 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories, have sprouted a new title, landed a new publisher, and grown by half again their length into this behemoth. Read full book review >