The seal has been broken on my first Borders giftcard of the Holiday Season. The only thing I enjoy more than buying books is buying books paid for with other other people’s money. The haul included A. Lee Martinez’s hilarious horror book “Gil’s All Fright Diner,” a copy of the first Repairman Jack book by F. Paul Wilson, (does anyone use just their first name anymore?), and then a copy of “A Drink Before the War” to finally complete my Dennis Lehane collection.
And because it’s the season of Christmas miracles, I also found out the library was starting it’s book sale!! The haul from that trip includes copies of “When the Sacred Ginmill Closes” by Lawrence Block based on my favorite short story ever “By Dawn’s Early Light” and a PB of Robert Parker’s “Crimson Joy,” the very first Spenser novel I ever read and pretty much the book that turned me onto crime writing.
The best treasures from the sale though, were a hardcover collection of essays and interviews with Stephen King from the early 90s called “Bare Bones” and a collection of teleplays from the first season of Showtime’s series “Fallen Angeles.” In addition to the teleplays, written by some of the top names in the film business, the collection also includes the source stories from Jim Thompson, James, Ellroy, Cornell Woolrich, William Campbell Gault, Raymond Chandler, and Howard Rodman. I can’t wait to dig into this collection.