Monthly Archives: May 2009

Two for the Road

Here are two new books that I would recommend even if they weren’t written by good buddies of mine. You can trust me because my taste in fiction is excellent.

hogdogFirst up is Hogdoggin’ by Anthony Neil Smith. A continuation of the adventures of Billy Lafitte. Man, but that guy has got a lot of blood inside of him. Neil takes no prisoners and he’s onto something with these Lafitte books. He is also onto something with his home-cooked gumbo. For sample flavorings, catch up with the virtual biker rally now underway at Crimedog One.


groveNext is a book that’s as good as free, if you own a Kindle. I’m talking about The Grove by John Rector. I blurbed this book because it is awesome, and I think John is effing crazy for giving it away like this. But he is headstrong and will not see reason. He hits 5-wood out of tall grass. All you Kindle people now reap the benefits of his sad lunacy. Go forth.



 Thanks to all who cast votes and offered advice, both in the comments and via e-mail, regarding last week’s raccoon situation, clearly an emotionally charged issue involving many complicated considerations.

As it is, our friend the raccoon, halt and afflicted though he was, is now nowhere to be found. Which leads me to believe that:

a) He’s moved on,
b) He’s waiting in one of the other outbuildings to murder us,
c) We’ve got wolves.

More news as it develops.

Tripod II: The Loitering

Fellow James Lee Burke fans will recognize the reference and possible symbolism (as yet unanalyzed) now beneath, and indeed at the door of, my fair-weather writing area. The comments are open and your votes regarding Tripod Jr’s fate are encouraged.