Mailbox Monday is a weekly meme started by Marcia at Mailbox Monday in which bloggers can ramble on about the books they received/bought/stole over a given week. Each month a new blogger hosts the meme, and this month it’s Mrs. Q: Book Addict.
Last week I made a resolution not to get any more books until I’d thinned out my to-read pile a little bit. Guess what happened? Yep, I got more books. But it wasn’t my fault, see. One was an audio book from the library, and those just don’t count. One was an ebook that was practically forced on me by Zohar from Man of la Book (he practices some tough love, that one). And then the other was the single greatest work I have received for review to date—I was physically and mentally incapable of saying no.
Allow me to explain.
--- The Books ---
The Twenty-Year Death by Ariel S. Winter – This literary hit of Rohypnol (I was incapable of saying “no,” see?) is the latest from the Hard Case Crime series. It automatically jumped to the front of my reading list as soon as I laid hands on it. This is Ariel Winter’s first published book, but boy is it a doozy. It’s effectively three books in one, each one set in a different decade and using the style of a mystery/crime master from that era. The first book, set in 1931, channels Georges Simenon. The second, in 1941, uses a Chandleresque noir tone. And the third, set in 1951, is a tale of psychotic unraveling a la Jim Thompson. The three separate tales converge at the end to create what I’ve heard is a mind-numbingly brilliant conclusion. The mind behind Hard Case Crime, Charles Ardai, has stated that The Twenty-Year Death is way too long of a book for publication in the HC series (which usually span about 200 pages), but that it was so phenomenal that he couldn’t not buy it. You know what the best part is, though? I’ve already lined up an author interview and giveaway to coincide with the review. I couldn’t be more pumped.
Pegasus Falling by William E. Thomas – As I mentioned earlier, Zohar practically made me take this book. He’s a silver tongued devil, that one. It helps, though, that the book sounded amazing. He reviewed it on his website, which was what convinced me to give in. Pegasus Falling (from Acute Angle Books) is the first book in a semi-autobiographical trilogy written by a World War II veteran and posthumously published by his son. It details the life a British paratrooper, his imprisonment as a POW by the Germans, eventual liberation, and life in
Europe during the aftermath of the war. Z was absolutely right. It’s just the type of book I would love.
Not Comin’ Home to You by
Block – I picked this one up at the library the other day as my audio book
read for the week. I like just about anything
by Lawrence Block
(multiple Edgar Award winner, Mystery Writers of America Grand Master, and
all-round bitchin’ author), but I especially like reading some of his vintage
titles. This one was originally released
in 1974, and tells the tale of Jimmy John Hall, a delinquent and amoral
criminal as he roams the American heartland in search of whatever life brings
him. To my surprise, the re-release was
done in cooperation with Open Road Media,
a publishing company I’ve worked with before.
If things work out, we might even be able to do a giveaway for this one,
too. I mean, it can’t hurt to ask,
And now that I’ve showed you mine, it’s time to show me yours. What did you get in your mailbox this week?