11 February 2010

Forgotten Book: The Long Way to Die, James N. Frey

This week's contribution to Pattinase's Friday's Forgotten Books

THE LONG WAY TO DIE (1987) appears in my little green book just on 20 years ago.

Blurb from Amazon:
This crime story describes how "Zank the Tank", a heavy-weight contender, agrees to track down a missing teenager, an apparently simple task which unfortunately takes him to the 'wrong' side of San Francisco where he discovers that he needs finesse to survive outside the ring as well.

James N Frey (1943- ) has published a number of novels but these days focusses on teaching people how to write good novels.

 From Fantastic Fiction
The Last Patriot (1984)
The Armageddon Game (1985)
The Elixir (1986)
U.S.S.A. (1987)
The Long Way to Die (1987)
Circle of Death (1988)
A Killing in Dreamland (1988)
Came a Dead Cat (1991)
Winter of the Wolves (1992)

According to Frey's own website, THE LONG WAY TO DIE was nominated for an Edgar. 


Margot Kinberg said...

Kerrie - You picked a perfect example of a "Forgotten book!" I haven't read Frey for a long time, and never did get a chance to read this one. Time to go back and look for it...

Evan Lewis said...

I've read three of his writing books, and they're great stuff, but keep forgetting to try his fiction.

Used Machinery said...

According to the summary, it includes a "drift of swans" and a "clutch of eggs," and I looked inside at amazon to see it has a muster of peacocks and a school of fish, but I don't recall the other specific contents.


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