I lied, I said the next book was “Rum Punch”, but I changed my mind. I took it off the list since it’s a 2nd part of a series.  

I  just finished the audio book version of “The Moonshine War”, by Elmore Leonard, a story set in the Prohibition era of the 1930′s, in the Hills of Kentucky. It was turned into a movie in 1970 starring a 34 year old Alan Alda (will have to see if I can find a copy to watch) as Son Martin, who in the novel is the son of and an active moonshiner, who has 150 burried/hidden barrels (4500 gallons) of his daddy’s best moonshine which was  priced at $5.00 a gallon in the book, that an old Army buddy turned “revenuer man” is after. 

After watching the show “Moonshiners”, a lot of the technical “moon-shining” techniques made a lot more sense to me than if I had consumed this book say 3 or 6 months ago. 

The next book is another Elmore Leonard venture titled “Mr. Paradise”. Will get to “Rum Punch”, the novel turned into “Jackie Brown”, later. 

Current list(some of these have been on there forever).

If it weren’t for “audio books”, there is no way this is close to being reached.


Psychopaths… people who know the differences between right and wrong, but don’t give a shit. That’s what most of my characters are like.

Elmore Leonard

I finished listening to “When The Women Come Out To Dance”, by Elmore Leonard, which is a collection of some of hist short stories. All, but “Fire In The Hole” were new to me and even though the  topics reached far and wide, it was a pretty good collection of colorful stories. 

Next up, another Elmore Leonard audio book “Rum Punch”. 

Making a forced effort to knock out two audio books over the last days of 2017.

I finished, “Deep Freeze” by John Sandford this morning. This is the 10th “Virgil Flowers” novel I’ve read and I think I like him more than his buddy “Lucas Davenport” from the Prey series. 

It was a good and interesting read as Virgil was called back to the location of one of the previous novels. 

Reading List:

My reading has dropped off, but it still says I’m ahead of “Schedule”, but definitely off of last year’s pace. I guess without audio book versions, I’d be far behind. 

Playing catch up.  Last week, I finished the book, “Attempting Normal” by Marc Maron, some of it wasn’t exactly fresh to me since some was acted out on his T show “Maron” and some have been in/on his “WTF” podcasts. It was an interesting read/listen(audio book).

Reading List

I never put the book on my reading list and I swapped a couple out with audio books, since reading just sends me into dreamland lately.

Part of my background noise today was the audio cd/book of Charles Bukowski reading some of his poetry/short stories at a bar in Redondo Beach in 1980.

This morning, I remained in bed to finish “The Late Show”, the new Michael Connelly novel that introduces a new protagonist into his Boschland world of Los Angeles. Harry wasn’t mentioned by name, but there  was a minor crossover to that universe, so I won’t be surprised for any future crossover.

Renee Ballard, is a spunky female detective that found herself on the wrong end of a sexual harassment claim which found her transferred to the night shift, aka Late Show. 

The crossover involved a son of a cop that was  in a couple of the Bosch novels. 

It was a good read and I look forward to the next one.

Reading List:

To think, I had this baby down to 12… Oh well.