Monthly Archives: May 2020

Ralph Dennis’ Hardman #10 – Hump’s First Case

This week, I got a chance to head to the beach for the first time this summer. My favorite beach books are Ralph Dennis’ 1970s-era Hardman novels. They are low rent – but fantastic. More or less at random, I … Continue reading

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Finishing Harvey Klehr’s The Millionaire Was a Soviet Mole (pp. 121 – 230)

Sometimes, when you stick with a book, you get a nice, rewarding surprise as the end. But it doesn’t happen often. The last half of Harvey Klehr’s The Millionaire Was a Soviet Mole was much the same as the first … Continue reading

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Starting Harvey Klehr’s The Millionaire Was a Soviet Mole (through page 120)

David Karr (1918-1979) was a story all right. As a young man in New York City, he was affiliated the Communist Party. Later in life, he worked in government and journalism, began a business career, and married four times. All … Continue reading

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Finishing Jason Miller’s Red Dog – Pages 208-338

Friday I finished Jason Miller’s Red Dog. A few new thoughts occurred to me as I read, though much of the material confirmed the opinions that I stated in the first two blogs on Red Dog. One nice thing about … Continue reading

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Pages 76-208 in Jason Miller’s Red Dog

Thursday afternoon I continued my travels in Jackson County, Illinois, with Jason Miller’s Red Dog. I’m enjoying the novel and I’m certainly glad that I’m reading it. At the same time, some of my initial concerns about Red Dog were … Continue reading

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Pages 1-76 in Jason Miller’s Red Dog

Wednesday I wanted some simple escapism and I found it in Jason Miller’s mystery Red Dog. The 2016 book is the second in Miller’s Slim in Little Egypt series (after 2015’s Down Don’t Bother Me). So far, I’ve gotten what … Continue reading

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Book Review – The Big Goodbye by Sam Wasson

Among people who like film (NOT “movies”), the 1970s stand as a spectacular era. So many of the era’s films captured the turbulent times in ways that would have been alien to Hollywood a few years before. In The Big … Continue reading

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Page 526 to the End (p. 566) of Kate Fox’s Watching the English

Page 526 to the End (p. 566) of Kate Fox’s Watching the English Sunday’s reading Watching the English didn’t contain too many revelations. Even worse, it was a hard slog to the finish. Sometimes you are “over” a book before … Continue reading

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Pages 418-526 of Kate Fox’s Watching the English

Pages 418-526 of Kate Fox’s Watching the English Saturday’s reading started on the unpromising topic of English food. Author Fox has some good lines. She thinks that English food is underrated, but admits that its quality is only “fair to … Continue reading

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Pages 346-417 of Kate Fox’s Watching the English

Pages 346-417 of Kate Fox’s Watching the English I’ve continued my reading and here are a few other observations about Watching the English – Author Kate Fox writes her chapters on various aspects of English culture. Within each chapter, in … Continue reading

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