News for week ending 2012-9-29 (open thread)

Is there anyone out there that can recommend a good tool for WordPress for automatically sending blog posts to Twitter and automating this weekly news roundup? Both gadgets I had installed for those functions broke this week for no apparent reason. I’m compiling this one manually when I’m supposed to be watching football, dammit.


First look at the new Parker film (sort of)

Someone in West Palm Beach took some camcorder footage of the filming of a scene from the upcoming Parker film starring Jason Statham. You probably don’t want to sit through all four minutes of this, as it’s mostly helicopters flying around starting at dusk and continuing into night, but once you’ve got the […]

Review: The Destroyer: Savage Song by Warren Murphy

As I’ve mentioned a few times in posts and in the comments, I’m a huge fan of Warren Murphy and the late Richard Sapir’s Destroyer series. I have all of them, and I’m not sure how many I’ve read but it’s got to be around sixty. Maybe more.

If you judge a […]

Review: The Art of Denis McLoughlin by David Ashford, edited by Peter Richardson

NB: A version of this post also appears on Existential Ennui.

Of all the designers featured over on the Existential Ennui Beautiful British Book Jacket Design of the 1950s and 1960s permanent page, there are, at time of writing, just two who can boast more than five covers to their names […]

Songs of noir part III–“Honky’s Ladder” by the Afghan Whigs

Honky's Ladder by Afghan Whigs

After a brief detour into the creepiest power-pop song ever written, we’re back on more traditional ground with this one from the Afghan Whigs. They’ve been on my mind lately, as they’ve reunited with all the original members (except for the drummer) for a series of dates (no Austin show yet, alas).

Really, […]

News for week ending 2012-09-22

Official Donald Westlake site has a slew of updates. With our site slow for the time being, go there for your fix! # Ryan Lindsay at Boomtron on the covers of Hard Case Crime: # Ed Gorman reviews The Handle: # A first-timer reads The Hunter. I always love reading […]

“Music to Parker to” filler post, plus site update

I’ll start with the stuff that isn’t “me, me, me,” then get on to “me, me, me.”

A few weeks ago, I received an e-mail from a reader who asked what sort of music one would play to accompany the Parker novels.

I honestly haven’t a clue. I seem to have lost the […]

UK first editions of the Parker novels (plus some reprints), 1967–1970

NB: A version of this post also appears on Existential Ennui.

Last week I posted a Westlake Score—a 1969 Hodder Fawcett/Coronet paperback of Donald “Richard Stark” Westlake’s Parker novel The Sour Lemon Score—which, for me, completed a run of British first editions of the Parkers—i.e. those editions Coronet published in the […]