Thursday, April 24, 2014

Book Beginning: The Black-Eyed Blond by Benjamin Black


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It was one of those Tuesday afternoons in summer when you wonder if the earth has stopped revolving. The telephone on my desk had the air of something that knows it's being watched.

The Black-Eyed Blonde by Benjamin Black. Brilliant idea! Take Raymond Chandler's anti-hero, Philip Marlowe, and get the literary author John Banville to write a new mystery under his noir-novel pen name, Benjamin Black.  A recipe for a terrific read!


Rebecca @ The Key to the Gate said...

This book sounds amazing! This is the first I am learning about it. I am adding this to my list now. Thanks for sharing and for hosting Book Beginnings!
Happy Reading,
Rebecca @ The Key to the Gate

Anonymous said...

Interesting opening! I think I might have seen this book in passing once on GoodReads. Happy reading :)

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gautami tripathy said...

Great opening. I love the cover and the title too!

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I do love the opening...I am definitely curious now!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Sounds like a fun story! The opening definitely made me want more.
Thank you for hosting Book Beginnings.

Harvee Lau said...

Looks like a good read!

Yvonne@fiction-books said...

Hi Gilion,

I hate hot days like the author seems to be describing here, when there is no air and people are lethargic and desultory ... The lines are really descriptive and would definitely make me want to know more.

Probably not a book I would read though, as I don't tend to read books which tamper with the classics, written as they were intended by their original author. It would have been so much more appealing if this author had had the courage to introduce us to his own new character, then I wouldn't have known any differently and would have relished getting my hands on a copy of the book.

This is just my personal opinion.

Thanks for hosting BB and have a great weekend,


BookPlease said...

I'd read this - I haven't read any of Raymond Chandler's books, so I wouldn't have anything to compare it too, but I have read and enjoyed books by Banville/Black.

Kathy Martin said...

Sounds excellent! I hope you are enjoying it. Happy reading!

Sheri said...

I love that beginning! Just those couple of sentences effectively sets the tone for the story.

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Juli Rahel said...

I love the beginning, because I can totally empathize with it. Sometimes, in summer, it really does feel like time has simply stopped. And annoyingly, phones never ring when you want them too!
Thanks for sharing and hosting :) I hope you have a great weekend!
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JC Jones said...

That sounds like a lot of fun. I will have to look into the book.

Elizabeth said...

I love it.

I hope you enjoy the book.

Have a wonderful day.

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guiltless reader said...

I have my eyes on my phone right now ...

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