McBain! Schande-nicht-lesen? Comment for Typhoon Relief

I love those German portmanteau words where they just mush a bunch of words together to make a new word, like schadenfreude or arschgesicht. I made a new one: Schandenichtlesen, which means shame-not-read, that shame you have for not having read a good book.

To my great shame as a fan of crime fiction, I have never read any of Ed McBain’s 87th Precinct novels, despite their reputation for rich characters, a gripping storyline over dozens of books, and for defining the New York police procedural.

When Erin Mitchell heard this, she rushed to my rescue, staunching the gaping wound of my ignorance. She was giving away copies of her dupes, and I waved my hand and told her my predicament. Instead of sending me the books she was giving away, she bought me two new copies of Calypso and Hail, Hail, the Gang’s All Here.

That’s one of the many things I love about the crime fiction community. The people love books so much they’ll give them to you. And very likely, someone gave some to them earlier on. We pay it back and forward, sideways and around the corner.


Thank you, Erin!

What authors have you shamefully not read? Name the book you’re avoiding, even though you know you will love it.

For every comment I will donate $1 to the Philippines Red Cross, to assist in recovery from the typhoon. And I will choose one lucky commenter and buy them the book they have been shamefully avoiding.

20 thoughts on “McBain! Schande-nicht-lesen? Comment for Typhoon Relief

    • Parker books are a load of fun. I know they have a rep as very hardboiled, which they are, but Westlake doesn’t erase his sense of humor about the human condition when writing them.

  1. I love Mcbain. Only a couple I haven’t read… Calypso and Hail Hail … HINT HINT .
    Anyway, Jo Nesbo is the writer I have avoided despite everyone raving about him and me being damn sure I will enjoy him.

  2. I deserve every syllable of condemnation for this confession, but I have never read any Patricia Highsmith. I DON’T KNOW WHY?

  3. I’ve been meaning to read “The Last Good Kiss” by James Crumley. And thank you for this kind gesture, Tom – you’re a true mensch.

  4. I could never get into McBain’s 87th Precinct books, but I did stumble across several of his Matthew Hope novels and loved them. James Ellroy is an author I’ve been meaning to read. I have several of his early books but haven’t dug in yet.

  5. I haven’t read any Jo Nesbo – but I keep thinking I should be reading Headhunters (haven’t even seen the movie!)

  6. I hate to admit it, Tom. I haven’t read anything by Daniel Woodrell. I love short story collections and I’m sure “The Outlaw Album” is top notch (as everyone keeps telling me), but for some reason I haven’t made an effort to snag a copy and put my eyeballs to the page.

  7. I haven’t read anything of yours! No, seriously. It’ll happen though, the reviews have been great!
    Actually, I haven’t read anybody listed so far. Parker, Ed McBain-I don’t even know what’s consider reading.

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