Saturday, April 2, 2011

SOMETHING DIFFERENT:ISLAND OF THE SEQUINED LOVE NUN!

SOMETHING DIFFERENT:ISLAND OF THE SEQUINED LOVE NUN!

CHRISTOPHER MOORE

Take a wonderfully crazed excursion into the demented heart of a tropical paradise—a world of cargo cults, cannibals, mad scientists, ninjas, and talking fruit bats. Our bumbling hero is Tucker Case, a hopeless geek trapped in a cool guy's body, who makes a living as a pilot for the Mary Jean Cosmetics Corporation.

But when he demolishes his boss's pink plane during a drunken airborne liaison, Tuck must run for his life from Mary Jean's goons. Now there's only one employment opportunity left for him: piloting shady secret missions for an unscrupulous medical missionary and a sexy blond high priestess on the remotest of Micronesian hells. Here is a brazen, ingenious, irreverent, and wickedly funny novel from a modern master of the outrageous.

TAKE A CHANCE E-BOOKS!

TAKE A CHANCE E-BOOKS!

AN ONGOING SERIES HIGHLIGHTING POSSIBLY DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH E-BOOKS BY RELATIVELY UNKNOWN AUTHORS, FOUND WHILE CRUISING THE E-BOOK SHELVES ON AMAZON WITH PRICES THAT MAKE THEM WORTH TAKING A CHANCE ON . . . SOME MAY BE CRAP, SOME COULD SHOW POTENTIAL, OTHERS (I SUSPECT VERY, VERY, FEW) MIGHT BE GREAT – TAKE A CHANCE . . .

TODAY’S FIND . . . GOLF MYSTERY!

WHO KILLED 20G? ~ $6.99

MARK PHIALAS

A golf hustling, poker-playing UNC basketball fan relies on generosity and tolerance after he runs out of cash, single malt, decent cards and his putting stroke during a losing streak in Florida.

Trent Jones retreats to Tranquility, a gated golf community near Myrtle Beach that happens to be the site of his closest friend's vacation home. But Jones finds turmoil, rather than sanctuary, when he drunkenly confronts a renowned college basketball coach in the club lounge the night he arrives.

A verbal disagreement turns violent, and Jones is hauled away in cuffs by Tranquility security and local police. A rude hangover turns dismal when Jones discovers that the basketball coach, known as 20G, was murdered the previous night in his Tranquility condo, and that Jones is now perched at the top of the suspects list.

Frank Williams, a sports and entertainment agent in New York City, loathes hearing that his houseguest has been in a brawl and is the prime candidate for a homicide rap. Williams kicks Jones out of his house, and that's the last time the two men speak.

Jones, homeless and broke, comes to the crossroads of his seedy military police past and what lies ahead when he tries to untangle himself from this dark web. He embarks on an old road not taken; a path that begins with curiosity and ends with revenge. Who Killed 20G? is the story of a reluctant hero in the spirit of Travis McGee and Bret Maverick, with a twinge of Titanic Thompson... It's the story of Trent Jones and the dangerous trail he follows to honor friendship and earn self-respect.

TAKE A CHANCE E-BOOKS!

TAKE A CHANCE E-BOOKS!

AN ONGOING SERIES HIGHLIGHTING POSSIBLY DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH E-BOOKS BY RELATIVELY UNKNOWN AUTHORS, FOUND WHILE CRUISING THE E-BOOK SHELVES ON AMAZON WITH PRICES THAT MAKE THEM WORTH TAKING A CHANCE ON . . . SOME MAY BE CRAP, SOME COULD SHOW POTENTIAL, OTHERS (I SUSPECT VERY, VERY, FEW) MIGHT BE GREAT – TAKE A CHANCE . . .

TODAY’S FIND . . . GOLF MYSTERY!

THE FEATHERY ~ $.99

BILL FLYNN

The Feathery plot centers around a unique type of golf ball used during a record match at St. Andrews, Scotland in 1849. It starts with a description of that golf match and how a feathery ball was made using 1849 technology.

Fast forward to the 21st century where the story is set in San Diego, London, New York, Scotland and Ireland The game of golf blends with mystery and suspense surrounding an obsession so strong by some to own this valuable feathery golf ball that they'll even commit murder to satisfy it.

The owner of feathery, Scott Beckman, is a PGA touring professional who inherits the ball from his mentor, Sandy McNair, a desendent of that record setting St. Andrews player, Hugh McNair. Sandy was the club pro who had steered Scott and his friend, Matt Kemp away from trouble when they were teenagers. Sandy takes them under his wing teaches Scott the game of golf and Matt how to be the best caddie. They start out on tour after passing the grueling test of Q-School, but fail to make expenses.

Scott reluctantly submits the feathery to a London auction. After he does so he starts winning and earning. He then pulls the feathery out of the auction much to the chagrin of a few scrupulous collectors and who are still determined to possess it by any means to include robbery, murder and kidnapping.

Scott leaves the solution of the crimes up to Chief Inspector Trevor Bradshaw of Scotland Yard and Francis X. Riley of the NYPD while he competes at the British open in Turnberry, Scotland against hot competition. He is leading when his best friend and caddie Matt Kemp is abducted and a threatening note is sent to Scott with a piece of Matt's ear lobe. The note tells him to withdraw from the tournament or more mutilation will occur.

TAKE A CHANCE E-BOOKS!

TAKE A CHANCE E-BOOKS!

AN ONGOING SERIES HIGHLIGHTING POSSIBLY DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH E-BOOKS BY RELATIVELY UNKNOWN AUTHORS, FOUND WHILE CRUISING THE E-BOOK SHELVES ON AMAZON WITH PRICES THAT MAKE THEM WORTH TAKING A CHANCE ON . . . SOME MAY BE CRAP, SOME COULD SHOW POTENTIAL, OTHERS (I SUSPECT VERY, VERY, FEW) MIGHT BE GREAT – TAKE A CHANCE . . .

TODAY’S FIND . . . GOLF MYSTERY!

DEEP ROUGH ~ $.99

CHRIS BLEWITT

When Craig Waltrip, an associate at a Philadelphia sports agency, uncovers a meeting with his boss and a man from Augusta National Golf Course, all bets are on. Deep Rough takes the reader inside The Masters, revealing not only the historical backdrop of the famed tournament, but of a plot that could destroy the very fabric of the tournament itself.

Filled with hole by hole descriptions, high stakes and even murder, Deep Rough will make even the casual golfer ponder what really goes on at the most famous golf course in the country. A story about The Masters that you've never dreamed could happen, Deep Rough is a page-turning novel that is sure to please golfers, sports fans and readers of thrillers everywhere.

AUDIO DRAMA COURNER: HOT GINGER BREAD!

AUDIO DRAMA COURNER: HOT GINGER BREAD!

NEW FROM 19 NOCTURNE BOULEVARD

WRITTEN BY JULIE HOVERSON

(APRIL FOOL'S EPISODE, 2011)

AN ALMOST FAMILIAR PLACE IN AN UNFAMILIAR TIME...

CAN YOU DIG IT?

WHAT KIND OF A PLACE IS IT?

WHY IT'S AN ALLEY, CAN'T YOU TELL?

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EUROSPY SATURDAY!

Y/A CORNER: THE POWER OF SIX!

Y/A CORNER: THE POWER OF SIX!

PITTACUS LORE

AUGUST 2011

THE SEQUEL TO THE EXCELLENT I AM NUMBER FOUR . . .

I've seen him on the news. Followed the stories about what happened in Ohio. John Smith, out there, on the run. To the world, he's a mystery. But to me . . . he's one of us.

Nine of us came here, but sometimes I wonder if time has changed us — if we all still believe in our mission. How can I know?

There are six of us left. We're hiding, blending in, avoiding contact with one another . . . but our Legacies are developing, and soon we'll be equipped to fight.

Is John Number Four, and is his appearance the sign I've been waiting for? And what about Number Five and Six? Could one of them be the raven-haired girl with the stormy eyes from my dreams? The girl with powers that are beyond anything I could ever imagine? The girl who may be strong enough to bring the six of us together?

They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They tried to catch Number Four in Ohio—and failed.

I am Number Seven. One of six still alive.

And I'm ready to fight.


SOUNDTRACK CORNER: PIOMBO ROVENTE!

SOUNDTRACK CORNER: PIOMBO ROVENTE!

A JOURNEY INTO THE 70'S ITALIAN POLICE OST

ANOTHER COOL SOUNDTRACK DOWNLOAD FROM MR. CRAIG OVER AT THE FUNKY FROLIC BLOG . . .

Piombo Rovente is another of those records that I waited many years to get ahold of and I wasn't disappointed! Released on the excellent Plastic label it is a comprehensive look back on the music that played a key role in the success of Italian crime films during the 1970's. Consisting of endless driving beats, wah wah grooves, funky flute and much more, there is something for everyone over the course of 70 irresistible minutes. Outside of blaxploitation, no one did cinematic funk better than the Italians and the highlights are many and varied . . .

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WESTERN PULP: DIME WESTERN!

WESTERN PULPS: EXCITING WESTERN!

COCKTAIL NATION #167 ~ ELIZABETH TAYLOR!

COCKTAIL NATION #167 ~ ELIZABETH TAYLOR!

On the show this week, we take a look at the life, career, and marriages of Elizabeth Taylor . . . Koop gives us some swank advice with a discussion about airplanes. Plus, some cool events for the jetsetters to attend, and a cool blog to check out along with Koop's new review segment, and an app you need for your iPhone or iPad . . . 

PLAYLIST:

Jimmy Vargas ~ A Blue Negligee
Janet Seidel ~ Mr Lucky
SG Sound ~ Red Desert Spring
John Barry ~ London Theme
Lucas Vigor ~ Straight No Chaser
Jackie Gleason ~ How Did She Look
Octobop ~ Girl Talk
Tony Bennett ~ Manhatten
HB Radke ~ I Get A Kick Out OF You
Jonah Jones ~ Tangerine
HajI Baba ~ Crazy Bongos
Enoch Light ~ What The World Needs Now is Love
Mr Hos Orchestorica ~ Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
Frank Bennett ~ Pretend That We’re Dead

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Friday, April 1, 2011

WESTERN PULP: THE WESTERN MEGAPACK!

WESTERN PULP: THE WESTERN MEGAPACK!

25 CLASSIC WESTERN STORIES

NOW AVAILABLE!

Hours of great reading await, with Western tales from some of the 19th and 20th century's most renowned authors, including Johnston McCulley (creator of Zorro), Robert E. Howard (famous for Conan the Barbarian), and Clarence E. Mulford (creator of Hopalong Cassidy), and many more!

CONTENTS:

HIS KIND OF HELLION, by Johnston McCulley
TEXAS JOHN ALDEN, by Robert E. Howard
THE OUTCASTS OF POKER FLAT, by Bret Harte
THIEVES OF BLACK ROCK DESERT, by Bill Anson
THE RATTLER ROUNDUP, by Lee Bond
LEFT FER THE BUZZARDS, by Allan R. Bosworth
HORSESHOES AREN’T ALWAYS LUCKY, by Sam Brant
GUN-WHIPPED! by Carmony Gove
A 22-GUN RANGER WALKS, by Raymond S. Spears
RANGER STYLE, by J. Allan Dunn
PLUMB AMUSING, by Jackson Cole
NO REPORT, by S. Omar Barker
EL TIRO DI GRACIA, by Colin Cameron
THE PHILOSOPHY OF GRAY EACLE, by Wolcott LeClear Beard
SIXGUNS TO BOWIE, by Robert J. Hogan
DESERT JUDGMENT, by E. Hoffmann Price
THE TRAIL TRAP, by T.W. Ford
GUN-QUEEN OF THE SPANISH GRANT, by Joseph Chadwick
HOPALONG’S HOP, by Clarence E. Mulford
DEMONS OF DISASTER, by Johnston McCulley
WAR ON BEAR CREEK, by Robert E. Howard
BRAND OF THE RED WARRIOR, by Ike Boone
FETCH ME BRANNON’S EARS, by Seven Anderton
THE LUCK OF ROARING CAMP, by Bret Harte
INVITATION BY BULLET, by Ernest Haycox

PULP NOW: DIME DETECTIVE COMPANION!

PULP NOW: DIME DETECTIVE COMPANION!

JAMES L. TRAYLOR ~ WITH MONTE HERRIDGE, MARVIN LACHMAN, WILL MURRAY, WILLIAM E. BARRETT, CARROLL JOHN DALY, FREDERICK C. DAVIS, T.T. FLYNN, AND JOHN LAWRENCE

NOW AVAILABLE FROM ALTUS PRESS

Dime Detective Magazine was second only to Black Mask as the dean of detective/P.I./hard boiled pulp magazines, and was the home of Carroll John Daly, Frederick Nebel, John D. MacDonald, Cornell Woolrich, Erle Stanley Gardner, and many other top-notch scribes.

This book indexes all 274 issues of Dime Detective, contains several articles on the series and its writers, and as a bonus, the fifth anniversary round-robin story from the November 1936 issue, "The Tonguess Men," by William E. Barrett, Carroll John Daly, Frederick C. Davis, T. T. Flynn, and John Lawrence.

244 PAGES ~ $24.95

ALTUS PRESS

VINTAGE COVERS: MICKEY SPILLANE!

THRILLER CORNER: SATORI!

THRILLER CORNER: SATORI!

DON WISLOW

THE RAP SHEET'S J.KINGSTON PIERCE GIVES US A NICE REVIEW OF DON WINSLOW’S PREQUEL TO TREVANIAN’S SHIMBUMI . . .

Why would one of the best crime-fiction writers in the world decide to take on the composition of what the finished book’s cover describes as “a novel based on” the work of another author?

That’s what I wondered when I first heard that Don Winslow, the author of such classics as The Death and Life of Bobby Z, The Winter of Frankie Machine, The Power of the Dog, and The Dawn Patrol, had signed to write a prequel to Shibumi, a 1979 thriller by the novelist known as Trevanian, whose most famous book was The Eiger Sanction (1972).

WHILE THE EIGER SANCTION REMAINS MY FAVORITE AMONG TREVANIAN’S BOOKS, SHIMBUMI RUNS A CLOSE SECOND, AND I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO JUMPING INTO THIS COMPLEX THRILLER . . .

FOR THE FULL RAP SHEET REVIEW CLICK HERE

SATORI

Prepare to meet the world's most dangerous man . . .

Nicholai Hel-genius, mystic, and the perfect, formidable assassin-was first introduced to readers in Shibumi, the classic #1 bestseller by master storyteller Trevanian. Now critically acclaimed author Don Winslow continues Hel's story for the first time in this all-new, blockbuster thriller.

SATORI

It is the fall of 1951, and the Korean War is raging. Twenty-six-year-old Nicholai Hel has spent the last three years in solitary confinement at the hands of the Americans. Hel is a master of hoda korosu, or "naked kill," is fluent in seven languages, and has honed extraordinary "proximity sense"-an extra-awareness of the presence of danger. He has the skills to be the world's most fearsome assassin and now the CIA needs him.

The Americans offer Hel freedom, money, and a neutral passport in exchange for one small service: to go to Beijing and kill the Soviet Union's commissioner to China. It's almost certainly a suicide mission, but Hel accepts. Now he must survive chaos, violence, suspicion, and betrayal while trying to achieve his ultimate goal of satori-the possibility of true understanding and harmony with the world.

KILLING THE BLUES!

KILLING THE BLUES!

LIBRARY JOURNAL'S PRE-PUB ALERT GIVES OUT THE FOLLOWING DESCRIPTION FOR ROBERT PARKER'S KILLING THE BLUES: A JESSE STONE NOVEL BY MICHAEL BRANDMAN . . .

With summer just weeks away, Chief of Police Jesse Stone is pretty tense—and not just because charming little Paradise, MA, is gearing up for the tourists. Stone finds himself dealing with a bunch of car thefts, then murder, then someone who’s come to town to remind him of his not-so-happy past as an L.A. cop, undermining his ability to do his job.

Fans mourning Parker’s death will be happy to see that Brandman, who has written and produced numerous TV movies based on Parker’s novels, has picked up where the best-selling author left off.

MORE PARKER NOVELS BY OTHER AUTHORS?

MORE PARKER NOVELS BY OTHER AUTHORS?

JOE MENTA OVER AT THE KINDLE TAPROOM BLOG IS GIVING US A HEADS UP ON AN AMAZON LISTING FOR ROBERT B. PARKER'S KILLING THE BLUES: A JESSE STONE NOVEL BY MICHAEL BRANDMAN, RELEASE DATE SEPTEMBER 6, 2011 . . . AMAZON DOESN’T LIST ANYTHING FURTHER . . . ANYBODY OUT THERE KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON? 

IS THIS AN UNFINISHED PARKER MANUSCRIPT COMPLETED BY SOMEBODY OF WHOM MOST OF US HAVE NEVER HEARD, OR IS PARKER’S ESTATE AUTHORIZING NEW NOVELS BASED ON PARKER’S CHARACTERS . . .

THE THRILLING DETECTIVE!

THE THRILLING DETECTIVE!

KEVIN BURTON SMITH HAS POSTED THE 13TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE OF THE THRILLING DETECTIVE . . .

KEVIN: I MISSED YOU BY THAT MUCH AT THE LOS ANGELES PAPERBACK COLLECTORS SHOW LAST WEEKED . . .

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ESPIONAGE CENTRAL: THAT MAN FLINT!

ESPIONAGE CENTRAL: THAT MAN FLINT!

AGENT TANNER OVER AT THE DOUBLE O SECTION BLOG GIVES US THE DECLASSIFIED INTEL ON THE NEW SPY COMIC FROM MOONSTONE BOOKS . . .

Mods, mini-skirts and Vietnam. Paisley shirts and satellites. Afros and lasers. The Cold War is hot and the Red Chinese aren’t the only ones doing the brainwashing. Love is in the air, but everyone isn’t groovy.

Derek Flint, inventor, ballet instructor, editor and contributor to the revised Kama Sutra, transcendentalist and translator of an ancient Mayan cookbook, seeker of the third eye and freelance spy, is the one M.A.C.E. (Mandated Actions for Covert Enforcement) calls on to tackle their most perilous assignments.

From crazed Nazi scientists hatching dastardly plans, sultry Russian spies with killer bodies and kung fu grips, super strength cyborg assassins, to fiendish henchmen and quixotic masterminds, these are examples of adversaries mystery writer Gary Phillips (Operator 5 and Decimator Smith) will throw at the cool, collected Mr. Flint. With his gadgets and skills, aided by his quartet of brainy glamour gals, That Man Flint is a retro revisionist series capturing the fun, feel and excitement of halcyon espionage fare such as The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Bond in Goldfinger, and Steranko’s Nick Fury for today’s audience . . .

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SECOND BEST MICKEY SPILLANE COVER EVER!

NOIR NOW!

MICKEY SPILLANE COVER CAVALCADE!


STEAMPUNK CORNER: A STEAMPUNK PRIMER!

STEAMPUNK CORNER: A STEAMPUNK PRIMER!

ABE BOOKS HAS A COOL POST TODAY ON THE ROOTS OF THE STEAMPUNK GENRE . . .

The creation of the ‘steampunk’ term is usually attributed to the science fiction author K.W. Jeter, who used it in a letter to Locus Magazine. He was trying to find a way to describe Victorian fantasy novels like those written by himself (Morlock Night and Infernal Devices), Tim Powers (The Anubis Gates) and James Blaylock (Homunculus).

He believed more people would be interested in this kind of writing if only there was a general term that described it as a genre. “Something based on the appropriate technology of the era; like ‘steampunks,’” Jeter wrote. The label stuck and those early works helped define the genre . . .

FOR THE FULL ARTICLE CLICK HERE

A PUNK OUT TO BILL CRIDER

AN EVENING AT THE BUDDIES LOUNGE #130!

AN EVENING AT THE BUDDIES LOUNGE #130!

Join the BIG W every Friday evening as he continues to explore, with drink in hand, the Space-Age Pop Hi-Fi musical sounds of the 1950’s and the 1960’s in LIVING STEREO!

PLAYLIST:

• The Most Beautiful Girl In The World - Vic Damone
• Sugar Lips - Al Hirt
• I Hear Music - Ella Fitzgerald
• Linda Mujer - Don Swan
• Cheek To Cheek - Frank Sinatra
• Amazon Falls - Les Baxter
• Johnny One Note - Ethel Azama
• Let Yourself Go - Nelson Riddle
• Ain’t That Love - Peggy Lee
• Goldfinger - Al Caiola
• Get Happy - Sammy Davis, Jr.
• Tropic Holiday - Percy Faith
• If A Man Answers - Bobby Darin
• Casino Royale - Billy Strange
• In A Woman’s Eyes - Tom Jones
• Whatever Lola Wants - Johnny Williams
• Bachelor In Paradise - Ann-Margret
• Skokiaan - Burt Kaempfert
• Georgia On My Mind - Bing Crosby
• Comes A-Long-A-Long - Kay Starr
• Baby Elephant Walk - Quincy Jones

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FEMME FATALES: MUSIC, MOVIES AND MAYHEM!

FEMME FATALES: MUSIC, MOVIES AND MAYHEM!

LAURA ELLIS

Laura Ellis captures the rich tones and delivery of jazz greats in an original film-noir story of intrigue, double-cross, feminine wiles and fabulous songs like That Old Black Magic and Temptation.

April 2, 2011
8:00 PM
Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza 
Scherr Forum
2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.
Thousand Oaks, 91362
$40

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Thursday, March 31, 2011

CONFESSIONS LIBRARY COVER CAVALCADE!

THE RED PANDA #69!

THE RED PANDA #69!

STOP THE PRESSES

NEW FROM DECODER RING THEATRE . . .

A newspaper is a powerful tool. The voice of the people, a beacon of truth in dark times and a reflexion of all that we would like to be as a city, a nation, a people. But if you happen to be the unseen hand behind Nazi fifth-column efforts, you just might get a little sick and tired of a certain crusading daily. And if you did, what choice would you have but to . . . Stop The Presses!

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VINTAGE COVERS: THE DELTA FACTOR!

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: THE THREE WORLD OF JOHNNY HANDSOME!

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: THE THREE WORLD OF JOHNNY HANDSOME!

JOHN GODEY

Justifiably better known for his novel The Taking Of Pelham 123, John Godey also the authored a number of other thrillers. My favorite among them is The Three Worlds Of Johnny Handsome, a twisting revenge tale that has you rooting for the soul-scarred anti-hero every step of the way.

Highly intelligent, appallingly disfigured by the harsh circumstances of life as much as by the accidents of birth (facial disfigurement, cleft palate), career thief John Mitchell Sedley – nicknamed, predictably enough, Johnny Handsome – casts a bizarre shadow over the events of this off-beat novel.

While in prison, Johnny becomes the guinea pig in a rehabilitation experiment, and goes under a plastic surgeon’s knife. The operation is so successful in repairing Johnny’s multitude of physical appearance issues (cleft palate, chin, ears, brow, and broken nose) that he is unrecognizable to anyone who has know him. It is hoped his new face will allow him to live in the straight world. However, Johnny’s scars are not simply skin deep, and the lure of revenge is powerful . . .

THE THREE WORLDS OF JOHNNY HANDSOME

Johnny Handsome was a joke. Fate had dealt him a twisted face, the brain of a genius, and a mocking nickname to remind him of his ugliness.

Johnny Handsome was a thief. And he liked his work.

He carved out a rep for being efficient, deadly, and always ready for a score.

Johnny Handsome was six feet under. But his memory died hard. It reached out of the grave to haunt the richest bank hit ever attempted.

Even in 1972 when The Three Worlds Of Johnny Handsome was published, the ex-con who is trying to go straight, but can’t resist one last job was somewhat of a cliché, yet Godey imbues the character with enough pathos to breathe life into the standard crime fiction trope. Godey also uses an unusual and clever blueprint for the novel (thus the three worlds of the title), which adds several twists to the story.

The book was made into the underrated 1989 film, Johnny Handsome, starring Mickey Rourke and directed by Walter Hill. The film combines a number of minor characters from the novel and adds a different flavor as the story is told more from the point of view of the cop (Morgan Freeman) dogging Johnny’s steps and predicting his downfall.

Both book and film work a different sort of magic and are worth reading and viewing as a whole for a heightened experience.