Gascoyne by Stanley Crawford

By Stanley Crawford

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Back in print after greater than a decade, Stanley Crawford's dynamically charged, hystercally black-comic first novel has been defined as "a script for a film starring Groucho Marx, as written by means of the inmates of Charenton lower than the path of W.C. Fields ... wildly funny." (Washington Star)

Meet Gascoyne, (" a mixture of Sam Spade performed through Inspector Clouseau plus Howard Hughes performed by way of Dr. Strangelove – or them all performed through invoice Murray" - The Austin Chronicle) a brand new breed of hero, a guy who spends entire weeks in his vehicle, eats there, sleeps there, and conducts his enterprise - wielding energy, pinching pennies, and fostering corruption - by way of cellphone as he someway manages to force via bumper-to-bumper site visitors at fifty miles an hour. yet he's came upon a brand new preoccupation, weeding out the killer - final visible slithering clear of the crime scene in a tree-sloth gown - of his company affiliate and checking out how the southern California megalopolis has unexpectedly slipped out of his grasp.A travel de strength mixing of genres - Alfred Hitchcock, jungle-war novels, technological know-how fiction, mad health professional video clips, Westerns, James Bond, 18th-century mock epics, Greek tragedy and hardboiled detective tales - first released in 1966, Gascoyne is a hilarious investigate a destiny that appears remarkably just like the present.

"A mad fantasia of the highway Age which occurs in a type of Southern California-cubed and starts (at least) as a secret ... outstanding (I respect a guy who can conceive a homicide suspect who is going round disguised as an immense tree sloth)." - Anthony Boucher, the hot York occasions booklet Review

"Gascoyne is vintage slapstick. Wild." - San Francisco Chronicle

"Stanley Crawford's "Gascoyne" is among the such a lot fascinating figures in fresh American secret fiction." - The Augusta Chronicle

"...displays a deep realizing of the complicated company of being human ... [an] eerily prophetic examine verbal exchange, intake and consumerism." - Bookslut

"[Crawford] is on top of things all through and we're giggling knowingly, yet pondering how he defined the L.A. tradition of this day long ago in 1966." -

Stanley Crawford is the writer of Petroleum guy, a few directions, Log of the S.S. The Mrs Unguentine and several other works of non-fiction. he's co-proprietor along with his spouse, Rose Mary, of El Bosque Farm in Dixon, New Mexico.

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The bridge personnel continued their climb. In spite of efforts to keep the HEVs together, the Helljumpers came down in a landing zone that stretched approximately three kilometers in diameter. Some of the landings were classic two-point affairs in which the more fortunate Marines were able to jettison their crash cages about fifty meters off the ground, and land like sim soldiers in a training vid. Others were a good deal less graceful, as the skeletal remains of their drop pods smashed against cliffs, dropped into lakes, and in one unfortunate case rolled into a deep ravine.

Rawley looked, saw a Covenant landing craft coming straight toward the bay, braving the heat generated by theAutumn ’s reentry velocity. There was a limited window of opportunity to get off this sinking ship, and the Covenant bastard was right in the way. She swore and released the safety on the Pelican’s 70mm chin gun. The weapon shook the entire ship, punched holes through alien armor, and hit something vital. The enemy vessel shuddered, lost control, and spun into theAutumn ’s hull. “All right,” the wing leader said over the ship-to-ship frequency, “Let’s go down and meet our hosts.

A second alien carried an ignited plasma grenade—the little bastards meant to drop the explosive into his armor. He flexed his shoulders, and shook himself like a dog. Grunts flew in every direction as the Master Chief used short controlled bursts to put them down. He turned toward the lifeboats. ” Cortana urged. ” The Spartan ran, just as the door started to close. A nearby Marine fell while running for the escape craft, and the Chief paused long enough to scoop the soldier up and hurl him into the boat.

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