The Tooth and the Nail (Bill Ballinger, 1958)
Last and least of the “triptych” collection I’ve been perusing over the last six months. By this point, Ballinger was evidently hip-deep in television work and it shows. The first of the collection’s novels, 1950’s Portrait In Smoke, was within easy shouting distance of Cornell Woolrich or David Goodis. This is more along the lines of a top drawer Perry Mason episode. Still entertaining but a bit lacking in nerve and sweat.
Put it this way–months later, I can still remember exactly how Portrait In Smoke ends.
Without thinking about it.
Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA (Tim Weiner, 2007)
600 hundred page brief on why free people do not need secret police forces.
Superbly done…I collected a bunch of telling quotes and thought long and hard about how best to present them.
Then I realized all there really is to say is here: