Author Archives: Richard Robinson

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Enjoying life in Portland, OR

Current Reading: Frederick C. Davis, Bob Woodward

Please Pass the Poison by Frederick C. Davis, pulp mystery, first in Bill Brent series. Brent is a tough reporter who has been forced into the role of love columnist for The Recorder newspaper. Published between 1941 and 1946, these novels … Continue reading

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Forgotten Book: Jeopardy is My Job by Stephen Marlowe

Jeopardy Is My Job by Stephen Marlowe, © May 1962, Gold Medal 1962 paperback, mystery featuring Chester Drum I picked this up at the L.A. paperback show, Lessercon, a few years back and finally got around to taking it off the shelf to read … Continue reading

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Current Reading: Lippman, Hyzy

Baltimore Blues by Laura Lippman, (Tess Monaghan #1) mystery. After reading about, and meeting, years ago, Lippman I finally pulled this first in the series off the shelf. As expected, Lippman does an fine job of establishing a sense of place, … Continue reading

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Forgotten Book: Stakeout On Page Street by Joe Gores

Stakeout On Page Street by Joe Gores Crippen & Landru, 2000 hardcover, mystery – short stories – DKA I like Gores’ DKA [Daniel Kearny Associates] novels a lot and have read them all a couple times each – or more – but … Continue reading

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Current Reading: Reavis Wortham, James Benn

Hawke’s Prey by Reavis Z. Wortham, thriller. This is the first in the Texas Ranger Sonny Hawke series. Ballard, Texas is typical small town west Texas, and not a lot happens there. But the beginning of this book changes that. A … Continue reading

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Forgotten Stories: The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries edited by Otto Penzler

The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries edited by Otto Penzler, Vintage Crime/Black Lizard October 22, 2013 trade paperback, 672 pages (2.3 pounds) Here comes the Christmas/Holiday season, and this is just the time for reading crime-themed mystery set at this time of … Continue reading

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Current Reading: John Scalzi, Will Murray

The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi, science fiction. The Interdependency series number two. This is the second in the series, following The Collapsing Empire. The Interdependency—humanity’s interstellar empire—is on the verge of collapse. The extra-dimensional conduit that makes travel between the stars … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I’m thankful for so many things, today and everyday. Today especially, it’s a beautiful Fall day, with some needed rain coming later. Also, I’m thankful for, among many, many other things: My wife, my home, my health, all my wonderful friends, … Continue reading

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Current Reading – ASTOUNDING by Nevala-Lee

ASTOUNDING – John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard and the Golden Age of Science Fiction by Alec Nevala-Lee, Day Street Books, October 2018 hardcover, 544 pages. I started reading reading Astounding Science Fiction in 1955, at age ten. … Continue reading

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Forgotten, or Not: The Will of the Dead by George Mann

I’ve read all of the Holmes canon several times, and I’ve read and enjoyed many pastiches. I’ve also come across some that were fairly wretched. One never knows what is in store when starting a new Holmes story collection or … Continue reading

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