F. BOOK REVIEWS
F24. The Last Match
F24.1. Adler, Dick. Have a Very Noir Halloween. Paperback Mysteries, October 23, 2006. http://paperbackmysteries.blogspot.com/2006/10/have-noir-halloween.html
... the typescript ... sat in an archive until recently, when a librarian discovered it and sent it on its way to Hard Case - who by now have performed enough resurrections to qualify as a religion. Mini-review, combined with Pete Hamills The Guns of Heaven.
F24.2. Allan, Paul Goat. Ransom Notes Reviews (Barnes & Noble), October 2006. http://www.barnesandnoble.com/newsletters/newsletters_cds2.asp?pid=806&z=y
An unexpected treat for pulp noir aficionados: more than 30 years after the passing of David Dodge ... a previously unpublished novel lost among his papers after his death and unearthed decades later by a research librarian ...
F24.3. Berrett, Jesse. What Im Reading, November 6, 2006. http://jesse_berrett.typepad.com/what_im_reading/2006/11/wiprud_stuffed.html
... as interesting for its backstory as its plot ... Makes you want to read a biography of someone so in command of such useful information.
F24.4. Clarke, Craig. Craigs Book Club, November 10, 2006? http://www.craigclarkereviews.com/lastmatch.html
A fine example of Dodges writing ... this book displays the easy flow of a writer who is very comfortable behind the typewriter.
F24.5. ———. Fantastic Con-Artist Portrayal. Amazon.com, November 9, 2006. http://www.amazon.com/review/R3ULLF0CSF7HU
Reprint of the authors Craigs Book Club review; 5 stars.
F24.6. ———. Dodges Last and Best. Epinions.com, November 18, 2006. http://www.epinions.com/content_280755342980
Reprint of the authors Craigs Book Club review; 5 stars.
F24.7. Crider, Bill. Bill Criders Pop Culture Magazine, October 21, 2006. http://billcrider.blogspot.com/2006/10/last-match-david-dodge.html
If youre a fan of Gold Medal Books, you might like this one ... Besides the novel, theres an entertaining afterword by David Dodges daughter. She clearly inherited a bit of her dads writing ability.
F24.8. Fortier, Ron. Pulp Fiction Reviews, November 17, 2006. http://pulpfictionreviews.blogspot.com/2006/11/last-match_17.html
Dodge amps the speed to a roller-coaster finale just as taut and suspenseful as any thriller Ive ever enjoyed. This book is a treasure and kudos to [Hard Case Crime] for bringing it to us at long last.
F24.9. Goldberg, Lee. Another Reason to Love Hard Case Crime. A Writers Life, August 14, 2006. http://leegoldberg.typepad.com/a_writers_life/2006/08/another_reason_.html
... echoes of TO CATCH A THIEF ... a sprawling international adventure ...
F24.10. Gorman, Ed. What Ed Read. Bookgasm, ed. Rod Lott. October 6, 2006. http://www.bookgasm.com/reviews/thrillers/what-ed-read-10606/
The word picaresque is taken from a form of satirical prose originating in Spain, depicting realistically and often humorously the adventures of a low-born, roguish hero living by his/her wits in a corrupt society. This is the only word I can find to adequately describe THE LAST MATCH ...
F24.11. Graff, Kier. The Booklist 103, no. 6 (November 15, 2006):33-34.
[The Last Match] remained among his papers until a professor [!] brought it to the publisher's attention ... good fun.
F24.12. ———. Unbound Galleys Revisited. Likely Stories (Booklist Online), 2006. http://blog.booklistonline.com/2006/08/10/unbound-galleys-revisited/
The plot is a little wacky, but it keeps moving, and the language is full of zingy patter ... a real find.
F24.13. Hartlaub, Joe. Bookreporter.com, . http://www.bookreporter.com/reviews2/0843955961.asp
Hard Case Crime aficionados should rejoice at this new offering ... an entertaining addition to the collection by an under-appreciated author who left us too early and with too little.
F24.14. Lost Crime Novel Surfaces by Author of To Catch a Thief. Infomonkey.net, December 31, 2006. http://www.infomonkey.net/events.details.php?evid=5713&PHPSESSID=de6ed4082aabca22d2fa11bb5b0b358e
Compulsively engrossing, The Last Match might just be the mystery book find of 2006.
F24.15. Match Game PM: A Review of David Dodges The Last Match. The Uvula from Betelgeuse-4!, September 8, 2009. http://uvula-fr-b4.livejournal.com/189758.html
As ever, you gotta love Hard Case Crimes covers, even if the scenes that they illustrate arent of tremendous importance to the narrative or indeed stretch the linkage to the books contents to the breaking point and beyond.
F24.16. Montgomery, David J. David Dodge - The Last Match (2006). Mystery Ink, October 2006. http://www.mysteryinkonline.com/2006/10/dodge_david_the.html
An entertaining and fun read. This isnt the best weve seen from Hard Case Crime, but ... still a worthy find.
F24.17. ———. Review of David Dodges The Last Match. Crime Fiction Dossier, October 3, 2006. http://www.crimefictionblog.com/2006/10/review_of_david.html
Reprint of the authors Mystery Ink review.
F24.18. Moore, Jed. Thrilling Novel Tough to Match. The Badger Herald (University of Wisconsin-Madison), November 30, 2006. http://badgerherald.com/artsetc/2006/11/30/thrilling_novel_toug.php
The novel hits us on a gut level, with a punch thats all heavyweight.
F24.19. Pierleoni, Allen. Between the Lines: Pulp Fiction - The Real Deal. The Sacramento Bee, October 14, 2006. http://www.sacbee.com/107/story/38645.html
The manuscript of The Last Match was completed in 1974, shortly before Dodges death, but was lost among his papers until its discovery last year.
F24.20. Publishers Weekly 253, no. 32 (August 14, 2006): 185. http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-8439-5596-5
The on again/off again flirtation between the callused American swindler and the saucy British beauty is the delicious meat of the book.
F24.21. Reasoner, James. The Last Match/David Dodge. Rough Edges, October 12, 2006. http://jamesreasoner.blogspot.com/2006/10/last-matchdavid-dodge.html
Dodges breezy, fast-paced style is an absolute joy to read, and the scenes of local color on the Riviera and in South America are excellent.
F24.22. Vicarel, Jo Ann. Library Journal 131, no. 10 (June 1, 2006): 97.
F24.23. Winter, James R. Review: The Last Match by David Dodge. North Coast Exile, October 27, 2006. http://jamesrwinter.typepad.com/northcoast_exile/2006/10/review_the_last.html
Entertaining as hell.
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