This Texan author is surely one of the hottest 'action-thriller' writers of his generation.
An expert in martial arts himself, his stories are always graced with superb plots and graphically violent action set-pieces that he describes so well I would have thought movie producers in Hollywood would all be falling over themselves to adapt his novels into big-budget blockbusters.
Many of his novels are actually part of a madcap series that all focus on the (mis)adventures that a
couple of buddies called Hap and Leonard get into, but 'Cold In July' is nothing to do with such
a series and stands on its own bloody two feet.
The story opens with a family man called Richard Dane killing dead an intruder in their house, while the story proceeds to bring into the fray the dead man's father - Ben Russell - who sets out to avenge his son's death, firmly believing that 'a life should be for a life,' even if his son had no right to be prowling around Dane's house. The twist comes when they come to terms with the fact that the dead bloke isn't Ben Russell's son at all, and clearly the local police force are covering something up.
So, in mock 'Mulder and Scully' style, Dane and Russell team up in search of the whole truth - and nothing butů
Whenever I read anything by Lansdale I usually do so in one sitting.
All his books are tension-packed, and while some of his novels have 'a lot of talk and little
action,' rest assured that all the talk is necessary, and when the action comes it hits hard
and is of the shocking 'no nonsense' variety.
As a rule I hate violence, but the three-dimensional characters that Lansdale
consistently manages to create are 'real' people who usually get caught up in violence against their will.
Just because his books are violent, it doesn't mean that they are macho or pro-violence.
Far from it. In fact, 'Cold In July' could be viewed as being a fantastic 'drama,' packed with human
tenderness and high emotions.
Shot through with a few painful spurts of all-out action that might just shock you to the core, that is.
Lansdale truly is a genius writer, and there's no wonder that his work has won many awards over the years. Check him outů but whatever you do - don't get on the wrong side of him! You might get hurt.
ISBN 0-575-40059-5 (INDIGO; first published in the USA in 1990)
Reviews, Books - Big Sur by Jack Kerouac By Steve Rudd
It's the little things that count. On my deathbed I could be remembering that creek day and
forgetting the day MGM bought my book.
Another classic novel from Beat-generation master Kerouac, Big Sur brings the reader up
to speed on how the writer
Reviews, Books - Hemingway's Chair by Michael Palin By Steve Rudd
Bearing in mind that Michael Palin has literally travelled around the world and back (and them some),
you'd think that his debut novel might be, well, a little more exciting!
But far from setting it in hot-&-bothered LA or in and amongst the manic metropolis of Tokyo,
Reviews, Films - Catwoman UK Movie Premiere at Leicester Square, London Tuesday 3rd August By Steve Rudd
Ok, close your eyes, listen carefully and think hard. Where on earth can you see - and potentially -
meet the likes of Halle Berry, Sharon Stone, Benjamin Bratt, Will Smith and David Hasselhoff
(no, seriously!) in the space of just two days?
I'll give you a clue if you haven't sussed it out already and
Reviews, Books - Roads by Larry McMurtry By Steve Rudd
Better known for his novel writing than his travel writing, Texan man McMurtry's
most famous works include the epic Western story of Lonesome Dove,
and the tear-jerking Terms Of Endearment and The Evening Star.
For much of his life he's been a keen collector of books
Reviews, Books - Silk Dreams, Troubled Road by Jonny Bealby, By Steve Rudd
The third and final travel book in a fascinating and most exhilarating trilogy, this
epic account follows Jonny across the mountains of heaven on the Old Silk Road, from
Kashgar to the Caspian Sea. Or thereabouts, given that the horses on which Jonny and
'friend' travel are often beset
Reviews, Theatre - Up 'n' Under at Hull Truck Theatre with Cast Interview 23/07/2004 By Andy Dykes
John Godber's play 'Up 'n' Under' has enjoyed widespread success for twenty years.
So it's obvious that the story, although I have to admit I don't really know it,
does not need to be reviewed.
So I realise that if this report is going to be of any worth at all, tonight
I need to review the performance.
Reviews, Books - Ash Wednesday by Ethan Hawke By Steve Rudd
The definition of grace is the ability to accept change.
I needed to start calculating my masculinity not by the amount of pussy I could grab,
or how many girls I could bang, but by how true I could be with one girl.
How infrequently I could lie. How often I could show up when I was needed.
Reviews, Theatre - Up 'n' Under at Hull Truck Theatre By Nicholas Boldock
Once upon a time, there was a young boy called James Crossley. James liked to play sport and
did a lot of exercise. He bought himself some weights and trained hard until he became big and beefy.
When James grew up he grew his hair all silly so that he looked like a blond spaniel.
Then he became famous
Reviews, Events - Renegade Writers; A Review of Sorts By Alexander Porter
First off, this is not an objective review, having never been to a performance by this motley crew before I had expected a bunch of pretensions twenty something spouting angst, instead I got a pirate, an extremely pleasant surprise, second only to finding an entire packet of fags at three in the
Reviews, Theatre - Up 'n' Under with Talkback at Hull Truck Theatre By Elsie Creek
So, it's twenty years ago that John Godber showcased this, his first play for Spring Street Theatre,
for which he won the Laurence Olivier Comedy of the Year Award.
There has been a lot of water under the bridge since then, as we were reminded in
the post-show talkback with director and cast.
Both Hull TruckRead more...
Reviews, TV - Big Brother Exposed By Lee Cassanell
If Kittens revolution had been supported by the rest of the housemates this years
Big Brother could have been one of the greatest television shows of all time.
Unfortunately, due to the anaemic sailor persona and an amazing lack of charisma, the
bi-sexual Che Guevara never quite managed too inspire
Reviews, Opera - Gilbert & Sullivan The Mikado at Middleton Hall, Hull University By Nicholas Boldock
Dagger Lane Operatic Society are old hands when it comes to Gilbert & Sullivan. - in fact,
they've been performing their operettas for 20 years now. Way back in 1984 their inaugural
production was HMS Pinafore.
This year, for their twentieth anniversary show, it was the most celebrated Gilbert & SullivanRead more...
Reviews, Books - Lovely Green Eyes By Arnost Lustig By Steve Rudd
This is truly an extraordinary novel, written by a man who survived the horrors
of Auschwitz, and who lived in fact to tell his tale. Bizarrely though, this
isn't so much his tale as a girl's story.. a 15-year-old girl called Hanka who
lies about being a Jew to survive, and who becomes a prostitute in due course.