Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley is the first of the Easy Rawlins books: hardboiled mystery featuring a black soon-to-be detective in LA in 1948. Good book: captures the pervasive racism of the period very well, nothing nostalgically cosy about it.
Characters are fairly well done, though there seem to be a few too many tough guys around. Plot is pretty complicated but comes to a decent conclusion.
Will be keeping an eye out for the other books.
What I'm Watching
Saw the latest Bond movie Quantum of Solace at the cinema. Not too bad. Brisk with plenty of action and not too much emoting. Hardly any gadgets apart from the Microsoft-style video coffee table. Product placement slightly irritating again, but not quite as bad as last time.
Downsides. Seems to have a bit incoherently cut. The cool trailer scene where he walks over the dune in a dinner-jacket carrying a machine-pistol, famous enough to be parodied, seems to have gone missing from the actual movie entirely. The trendy choppy cutting of the action scenes is taken to a rather hamfisted extreme. I get the feeling it's being used to cover up poor choreography. Otherwise it would be too obvious that the Vantage should outdistance the Alfas, and that Bond and pursuee wouldn't really get similarly entangled at exactly the same time.
Still, fairly entertaining. If you feel like going to the movies this will pass the time pleasantly enough.
Misc. Drug concealment methods include fake kidney beans. Wikipedia on unusual book "Gadsby" (MC). Chimp attack at idiot's private zoo (MeFi). Recon robot. Gun RS1 used in seven UK shooting incidents,
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