John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

Teaser Tuesday: Now with 100% less Tuesday!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  1. Grab your current read
  2. Open to a random page
  3. Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  4. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  5. Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teasers:

Quarry in the Middle by Max Allan Collins   She nuzzled my neck, then got up and her round, dimpled bottom receded into the bathroom, where the door closed, and I was left in darkness, to ponder the character of a woman who didn't want to divorce her cheating husband because she was Catholic, but was fine with covering up killings for him as well as fucking the help by way of showing her appreciation for a job well done.
   But then I'd never really understood women.

     p. 97, Quarry in the Middle by Max Allan Collins

Not just two sentences, but two whole paragraphs! That justifies me posting this two days late, right?

I've been a Max Allan Collins fan for a long time. I haven't read everything he's written—he's written a crapload of movie and TV tie-ins, most of which I haven't bothered picking up (though some of them are very, very good, particularly his adaptations of Daylight and I Love Trouble, which are immeasurably superior to the movies on which they're based)—but I do make a point of reading his original works. This novel features one of my favorite of his characters: Quarry, a hired killer who most decidedly does not have a heart of gold. The Quarry novels are about as hard-boiled as they come, so if that's not your cup of tea, you may want to give this one a pass. But if you're into dangerous dames and down-and-dirty dealings, you'll probably get a kick out of it.


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