Thursday, August 28, 2008

Why Royalty Rocks

So as we are bringing the groceries up from the car, I see a package on top of the apartment building mailbox. I bring it up and as I open the package...

The Missus: What are you doing?

Me: What do you mean, "what am I doing?"

The Missus: That better be for us.

Me: That's me (I point to the addressee), I am "Mr. Brown." You know, "Mr. Brown can 'moo,' can you?"

The Missus: Oh, I thought it was for (the building's resident schmuck).

Me: No, see the address?

So Ladies and Gentlemen, what is in this wonderful package?

A vintage copy of "Heads You Lose, A Mike Shayne Mystery" by Brett Halliday and this note-

Count Cormac:

For all my experience in the world of pulp fiction, this could be a piece of crap. But I was intrigued by the image of Mike Shayne & the glowing (yet terse) review of the NY Times

Baroness Von Blogenschtern

Ladies and Gentlemen, it is an original Dell paperback, in wonderful condition and the jpeg above does not do the cover justice, but this was the largest one I could find.

I am dizzy with elation, thank you very much, Baroness! You are a pulp babe and then some!


Baroness von Bloggenschtern said...

Dizzy with elation? Seriously?


Please, though, sit down before you hit your head and miss out on the 63 things left on your "100 Places to see Before you Die" list.

It could happen, god forbid.

I'm interested to find out what the story's like. Let me know, will ya?

Cormac Brown said...


Some of it was high blood pressure from lack of sleep, but yes, I was "dizzy with elation."

I'll let you know by Wednesday or so, as it will take a little longer than usual. I don't want to take it to work in my backpack or sleep with it, as I do with my other books (and thus, damaging it).

Veronica said...


I hope you'll let us know what you think after you read it.

Cormac Brown said...

Welcome Veronica,

I have sixty-two pages to go on Laura Lippman's "Baltimore Blues," about half of a short story to write and a post due, then I'll get right on it.