Sunday, February 08, 2015

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Touch of the Sun

John Boland is one of the finest crime writers working today. I'm going to let the description below do the heavy lifting for his latest novel but I do want to say that Touch of The Sun is one of the most surreal, savage and compelling crime novels I've ever read.  Edgar worthy. It is wholly original in story and so witty and elegant and brutal by turns you just don't want to let go of it. A masterpiece is what we have here.

Retired to a Florida trailer park, Clete hasn't wondered who owns the place, or how they deal with nosy old men. By Edgar- and Shamus-nominated author.

Product Description

A new novel by the author of Hominid. Less than a year after the death of his wife, Clete Dowski has sought refuge from his loss in a quiet Florida trailer park. Heron Isle, on the Gulf coast, isn’t where he expected to end up—riding a three-wheeler to the local pharmacy and the community pool, killing afternoons with gossip and beer. For McClosky & Sons, of St. Paul, Clete had bossed construction jobs in parts of the world his new neighbors never heard of. And he hadn’t expected to end his days among these people. His friend Ralph Hopper can’t remember the cards he holds as he bets at poker. Al Baumgarten, a retired stockbroker, won’t stop pitching investment schemes—"Make some dough," he tells Clete, "live it up on the Cote d’Azur among the topless broads." Muscular Danny Martel, an eighty-something with Frankie Avalon hair, boasts of having been a kept man at a Manhattan whorehouse. Edith Harslip reads Edgar Cayce and imagines she channels the deepest truths of the universe. Liz Matthews, a semi-retired lawyer, lives a tidy life keeping secrets that Clete would like to learn. And Clete Dowski, at sixty-seven, rides what he disparagingly recognizes as a tricycle. An idyllic and hopeless place, Heron Isle. And it hasn’t occurred to Clete to wonder who owns the trailer park, or where they recruit their help--or to wonder how the owners might deal with a nosy old man. John C. Boland’s diverse stories and novels have been nominated for Edgar, Shamus, Derringer and International Thriller Writers awards. Publishers Weekly’s starred review of his 2012 novel Hominid called that book a “superior science . . . thriller.” His other Florida mysteries featuring young sleuth Meggie Trevor include Last Island South and Out of Her Depth.

2015 Edgar Finalist in Criticism

The rivals of Perry Mason

Two-time Edgar winner Francis M. Nevins explores
the role of law in crime novels, cinema and TV in
this mammoth scholarly work.

From early tales of frontier justice to the courtroom
dramas of Perry Mason and Atticus Finch,
we see the role of timely legal issues
in shaping mystery fiction and popular  culture.

By the author of Ellery Queen: The Art of Detection

Exploring the Legal Dimensions of Fiction and Film
466 pages  6 pages photos Trade Paperback (oversized)  $24.95
ISBN: 9781935797692



Cap'n Bob said...

Not the same John Boland who wrote a biography of Hitler, I assume.

Ed Gorman said...

No, Cap'n, Bob, different Boland. But I recall reading the other Boland's book in Hitler when I was young. Excellent.