Thursday, September 19, 2013

James Reasoner’s Death and the Dancing Shadows

James Reasoner’s “Death and the Dancing Shadows” features his Markham PI who is called to the home of retired movie star Eliot “Lucky” Tremaine. Turns out Tremaine is being blackmailed by video of his missing granddaughter, Stacy, in a porn film. The girl’s trail leads to murder and thugs who rough up the P.I. I spotted the twist at the end but was rewarded with Mr. Reasoner’s very sobering last paragraph where Markham does the right thing.

“Dancing Shadows” is a 9,000 word novella originally published in the March 1980 issue of MIKE SHAYNE MYSTERY MAGAZINE. I hope Mr. Reasoner releases more of these old gems.

Grab a copy of this book at $0.99 and schedule yourself a half hour. You’ll be thoroughly entertained.

5 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

Gonna read this one soon.

David Cranmer said...

Another fine story from our friend from Texas.

Richard Prosch said...

Glad that James is putting these back out there. I always thought it was a shame that so much digest fiction disappeared forever. No longer the case with Amazon and the web!

Scott Parker said...

Great news. I really enjoyed "War Games" and look forward to more Markham stories.

David Cranmer said...

Rich, There is such an abundance of old pulp available now--almost too much to keep up with.

Scott, I'll check "War Games" out next. Markham is my favorite PI of the moment.