atering to the proverbially shrinking attention span of today's readers (but really to that of this blog's writer), here are some enjoyable excerpts from Detectives Beyond Borders' recent crime reading. Who says context is everything?
"Smolorz, you'll draw up a list of all private menageries in Breslau and the neighboring regions, also a list of eccentrics who sleep with anacondas."
— Marek Krajewski, Death in Breslau
"The dick books ["Dick books" = true-crime pulp magazines. ed.] are shot. I figured I'd hang on till I retire, but I don't see them lasting five years."
— Joseph Koenig, False Negative
"The puns and double entendres that he purged from his writing he saved for Greenstein, who mistook him for a wit."
"He'd considered himself the glue that held the Press together, and was disappointed in a way that it hadn't fallen apart immediately without him."
"Sneaking in back doors was for weak men and Canadians."
—Johnny Shaw, "Blood and Tacos," featuring Chingón, the World's Deadliest Mexican
"In ten minutes I had a clean and tight dressing on my ear and he hadn't spoken once about the Bhagavad Gita."
—Eric Beetner, Dig Two Graves
"(N)either man felt like chatting. Instead their silence included Lars neglecting to tell Trent that the green salsa was the hottest one."
© Peter Rozovsky 2013
— Eric Beetner, The Devil Doesn't Want Me
Labels: Blood and Tacos, Eric Beetner, Johnny Shaw, Joseph Koenig, Marek Krajewski, miscellaneous