Wednesday, August 17, 2011
James Hime's THREE THOUSAND BRIDGES is on Kindle
There will be a revised blurb soon.
I admire this book and also admire Hime's willingness to put it on Kindle.
Will my ORNERY PEOPLE be published this way? We are much freer to express ourselves than we have ever been. I put old speeches on a blog in 2011. If I don't get a conventional publisher for ORNERY PEOPLE, here's a way to get it out.
The mystery writer James Hime made his mark with The Night of the Dance (an Edgar finalist) and Scared Money, both heralded by other novelists and reviewers for memorable characters, taut prose, and a comedic take on how things and people work. Hime nailed dialects as if no one else had ever listened to Texans talk, and readers settled back to await more adventures of Jeremiah Spur and Clyde Thomas. Where Armadillos Go To Die followed in 2009, and more mysteries with Spur and Thomas are promised, but Three Thousand Bridges is of a different order of achievement, not a mystery novel but a novel with mysteries. Its unlikely and at first unlikable hero, a Viet Nam veteran, is the outrageous and outraging Texas oil supply man, Cole Simms--a belated cousin, we recognize, of Mark Twain's Pap Finn. In sculpted prose, pacing his revelations, Hime traces his bedeviled hero's journey across the South just after 9/11, toward Ground Zero and toward self-insight. Hime, who escaped from the South Tower of the World Trade Center with a printout of The Night of the Dance after witnessing the crash of American Flight 11 into the North Tower, has created a classic narrative of transforming American experiences, personal and national. After its wide initial popularity, I predict, Three Thousand Bridges will endure in college classrooms as a powerful, accessible testimony about an unthinkable time.
Hershel Parker, Melville biographer