A pseudonymous postman reflects on the decline due to the corporatisation of the Post Office. A brief, bleak little book indicating how a public utility has been eroded over the decades. A useful indicator of what goes on to both deliver your post and put up with the slow destruction of a long-cherished service.
A former child soldier becomes involved in a scheme to rob Carlos Escobar’s former safe house. A brisk Miami-set thriller that’s pacy and with some interesting details, though it feels sketchy at times; still, any Harris is better than no Harris, even if this isn’t his best. work.
Epigrams on screenplay construction, by the co-writer of Blade Runner, among others. Useful little nuggets of wisdom. Not for the general reader (it’s like Bresson’s Notes on the Cinematographer, but for movie writing), though some good stuff here nevertheless.
Parker sets up a loose network of associates to disrupt Mob operations. The third in the sequence finds Stark on fine form; a fast-moving yarn of multiple heists and revenge. Westlake/Stark as laconic as ever.
An amoral thief tracks down the couple that left him for dead. Fast-paced, convincing noir with an irresistible anti-hero at its centre. Westlake/Stark’s first Parker novel zings with terse promise, and doesn’t waste a moment.
Genre authority Newman’s monograph on the third – and best – Quatermass movie excellently places the film in its series, cycle and genre contexts, and isn’t afraid to be both critical and celebratory of the flick. Recommended.
Hap and Leonard protect a young woman from an East Texas crime family. The twelfth in the sequence is an action-oriented and brisk tall tale, leavened with Lansdale’s humour and by a real affection for the characters. A solid series addition.