Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas!

(South 13th Street, Philadelphia, by your humble blogkeeper)


"`A fellow who'd worked for him accused him of stealing some kind of idea or invention from him. Rosewater was his name. He tried to shake Wynant down by threatening to shoot him, bomb his house, kidnap his children, cut his wife's throat — I don't know what all — if he didn't come across. We never caught him — must've scared him off. Anyway, the threats stopped and nothing happened.'

"Nora stopped drinking to ask: `Did Wynant really steal it?'

"`Tch, tch, tch,' I said. `This is Christmas Eve: try to think good of your fellow man.'"

Dashiell Hammett, The Thin Man
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Put some noir in your Christmas at Do Some Damage.

© Peter Rozovsky 2010

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23 Comments:

Anonymous kathy d. said...

Great.

A good incentive to read "The Thin Man," which I now have on reserve at the library.

December 23, 2010  
Blogger Dorte H said...

And a good incentive to wish you a Merry Christmas, Peter.

December 23, 2010  
Blogger Simona said...

Buone Feste!

December 23, 2010  
Blogger Yvette said...

Merry Christmas to you, Peter. Hoping for a Great New Year for all of us, as well. :)

December 23, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Kathy, I figured this post would catch your attention, since I know you'd been asking about "The Thin Man."

Funny thing is, my memory played tricks on me. I was sure the book opened on New Year's Eve, not Christmas Eve. That must be because Nick and Nora Charles are partying all the time.

December 23, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Glædelig jul og godt nytår, Dorte.

December 23, 2010  
Anonymous John Wirebach said...

Pete: As an ex-member in good standing of the Dunkin' Donuts clientele circa 1989-91, I was surprised to find your blog.

Great stuff.

Need more about Australia--every other city's been covered so when will melbourne noir appear???

I'm probably the only non-Australian in Pennsylvania who can name FOUR major mystery writers writing in Melbourne today. I'll give you Peter Temple and Garry Disher. Who are two more???

Best wishes for the holidays,
John Wirebach

December 23, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Grazie, buon natale, e buon cappo d'anno!

December 23, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

For you, Yvette, Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year, and thanks for reading!

December 23, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

John, I'm gobsmacked, though I think that particular gang had members only in bad standing.

I have long thought that Melbourne was due for a noir book of its own.
After all, look who lives and writes there: Shane Maloney, Kerry Greenwood, Adrian McKinty and Adrian Hyland to start. And the city's crime-fiction history predates Sherlock Holmes.

Merry Christmas, and keep on reading!

December 23, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

John, per your request, here's more about Australia.

December 23, 2010  
Anonymous kathy d. said...

A holiday treat:

Here is a link to an ode to a crime-writing, whiskey-drinking St. Nick, by the terrific author of "City of Dragons," Kelli Stanley.

http://mysteryreadersinc.blogspot.com/

Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukkah, and Fun Winter Solstice to all!

December 24, 2010  
Anonymous adrian said...

Peter

And a miserable Festivus to you and yours as well.

December 24, 2010  
Anonymous marco said...

Buon Natale e buon capodanno anche a te, Peter!
Ciao
Marco

December 24, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Thanks, Kathy. Some of the Santas in the Do Some Damage stories to which I link at the bottom of the post do a lot worse that drinking a little whiskey. And a Merry Christmas to you and yours!

December 24, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

And a miserable Festivus to you and yours as well.

And I hope you make it through January's miserable cold where you live.

December 24, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Marco, welcome back!

December 24, 2010  
Blogger Paul D. Brazill said...

Merry X-Factor! Have a good un!

December 24, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

And Merry X-Men to you!

December 24, 2010  
Blogger Solea said...

!Happy Xmas, go easy on the rye Peter. Bullets and Bracelets!

December 24, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

But heavy on the wry! And Merry Christmas to you, too. Sleighs and slays!

December 24, 2010  
Blogger Photographe à Dublin said...

Many Happy Returns of the Season.

I think I'll revert to primary colours for 2011.

December 28, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

And to you as well. May your prospects and your palette be bright in the coming year.

December 28, 2010  

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