wow. I'm learning so much already--Chicago, roughly 1901-1930--as I read first about Ethel's parents and grandparents, and then about Ethel's early years after her birth in 1911. plus, the start-up of the Chicago Defender newspaper, and how it was much more than a Chicago success, as it was smuggled into the South via train to places where it was banned. I've learned about the "Red Summer" of violence, a good indicator that cities like Chicago were a better place for Africa-Americans than the South they left behind, but far from tranquil, far from fair and totally safe.
I love this book already, and I love Ethel, seeing her pick up a flair for words and observation of the world around her, even as kid. picking up a talented, former teacher of
Ernest Hemingway, who saw a spark in Ethel, was a coup for the student growing into a future journalist.
yet another old Mystery rescued from limbo by the British Library Crime Classics Line, and highlighted in the reading guide by Martin Edwards called The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books. This, after the Ethel Payne Bio, and maybe a graphic novel...
Black History Month continues to influence my reading these days, and so here's some intriguing Nonfiction for me to absorb. I bought this on a whim, while browsing the US History section at the bookstore, and I'm excited to learn all about this woman and her journalist career. I think the book will mainly be showcasing the 1960s, although, as with most Biographies, I expect things will start earlier than that. text that I really need to read actually ends at page 394, not counting flipping to Endnotes, because after p. 394 comes the Index, the Bibliography, the Notes, that sort of stuff.
now that I've cued this up, I can barely wait!
I'm enjoying it...but I'm not sure yet what sort of rating it's ultimately going to wring out of me. I'll say this: even just based on my limited experience, there's nothing else out there like Scottish Crime novels, especially when humor and very dark, squirmy scenes are intermingled. I gotta give credit for a unique feel.
yikes, things are getting a little sinister in Nurse Kelly Carter's world, since she did a quick bit of investigating into her strange patient's conspiracy-ramblings about Princess Di. meanwhile, April recovers from a scene at a restaurant, where she broke a passionate heart. ah, haven't we all been through that.
as part of Black History Month, I can barely wait to learn about journalist Ethel Lois Payne. I saw this book while browsing for options true to the focus of this month, and just decided "what the heck.". let's see who she was. I betcha she was a fighter, doing her job when she did.
only just scratched its surface, but...I love it! it's following Darktown, which was tops, but I have to admit that I needed something a bit funny after that terrific book, and it seems like I'm going to be having a few laughs with Wicked Leaks, while also sensing that the Mystery and Suspense content are going to be strong. I hope so. I'm asking a lot, but the first 32 pages suggest another winning Crime Novel, a Scottish one this time.
well, I can't quite finish it before duty calls, so I'll handle the denouement later. it's been a grand nightmare in TravestyLand, and much has been resolved, so I just have to read the calm slowly pushing back the storm. I guess this will be a 4 or 5 star book, maybe 4.5 stars, somewhere around there. a painful, anguished, anger-fueling History lesson and Whodunit, and it'll stick with me a long time.
never a dull page--brilliant, eye-opening, shocking at times (a lot of times)...such a powerful tale. I especially love Boggs of course--shall meet up with him again, in the follow-up book. so glad there's more.
Boggs digs deeper into Lily's unsolved murder, and doing so could get him fired. meanwhile, Rake seems to have adopted a similar clandestine approach--working outside normal hours to get answers that the "wall of silence" is keeping from him--and his latest bit of extra-ciricular sleuthing has produced reason to suspect his bullying, bigoted partner. just how corrupt is Dunlow? or is he just a jerk? it seems he's a lot worse(!) than a racist jerk...
it's almost like reading The Painted Bird all over again, the onslaught of disturbing scenes...disturbing but hypnotic. the racism depicted in 1948 Atlanta is relentless; the stars of the book--two of eight black police officers--are Boggs and Smith, and life is hell for them, and yet they haven't quit. in fact, they have a murder to solve, because no one else is going to bother. a fabulous book, but full of horrible everyday behavior, and worse.
only had time for the first chapter, this morning--bit it was what I would call a Doozy. I'm hooked!
Thanks to Murder by Death for reminding me of "the night I solved a murder"! (a few I dropped the ball on, too...)
Atlanta, Georgia, 1948, as presented in the (no doubt) dangerous tour that is Darktown, and then, a Wicked case of....Scotland!
thanks again to Barry Forshaw and his book Brit Noir, with its many interesting-looking Scottish recommendations.