Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Sam McCain now on Kindle

Ed here: Part of the reason I started writing the Sam McCain novels was because I was sick of hearing about how wonderful the decade of the Fifties was. You know, Ozzie & Harriet and Father Knows Best. Most egregious, to me, was Happy Days. By then even the Republicans knew better. If you were white, Christian, middle-class, straight and white collar the decade was probably more decent to you than not. But given the racism, sexism, Communist witch hunts, union-busting and large pockets of poverty, not even Ozzie's dopey smile could make the excluded Happy.

The books aren't sermons. All of them are humorous more than not and all of them are, I think, solid fair clue puzzles. But I also touch on the demons of the time; as one of the Chicago papers noted "This is Happy Days as it really was." There's even nostalgia for those who recall the times I use. The Day The Music Died begins on the night Buddy Holly died in that terrible needless plane crash; Wake Up Little Suzie begins on the day the Edsel was unveiled. I have some fun with the difficulty the press, national and local, had describing the Edsel grill. As a New York Times reporter said: "We had to say it looked like a vagina without using that word."

I honestly think you'll enjoy the Sam McCain novels. They begin, as I said, in 1958. The latest, Bad Moon Rising, takes place in 1968. And yes, each book is titled after a then current song.

Here are some press quotes:

"Gorman's delightful series...provokes a bracing nostalgia for a time that was neither as innocent nor as dull as is sometimes said." -The Wall Street Journal

"Offers the rueful wisdom and and charm of an exemplary hero who is curious not only about whodunit but also about some of the more elusive riddles and human existence." -San Francisco Chronicle

"Gorman knowingly invests his whodunit with all the right cultural touches...but, by not ignoring the racism and sexual taboos of the time he elevates it to a story with bite and substance." Chicago Tribune

"McCain's zeal to cleanse Black River Fall of evil makes him the kind of hero any small town could take to its heart." --New York Times

"In (the Sam McCain books) good and evil clash with the same heartbreaking results as they have in the more urban crime drama of Block or Leonard." Booklist

The first two novels are now available for $4.99 each or $6.99for both in one package.

The Day The Music Died (The Sam McCain Mysteries) [Kindle Edition]
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Wake Up Little Susie (The Sam McCain Mysteries) [Kindle Edition]
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The Original Sam McCain Mysteries (The Sam McCain Mysteries) [Kindle Edition]
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Christopher said...

I love your Sam McCain books. One of the few series that everyone in our household reads. I will be buying them again on the Kindle and giving them a reread :)

Anonymous said...

Great reads! Grab 'em!

Charlieopera said...

These are all great reads. I'll post the reviews I have on my blog next go (this weekend, I hope). Ed is more than fair, depicting both sides of the political aisle ... the kind of reasonableness that appears non-existent these days.

Some of the nostalgia in these books will make you smile ear to ear.

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed Bad Moon Rising, Ed.

Ed Lynskey