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By Bill Pronzini

The writer of Blue Lonesome, a brand new York instances booklet assessment impressive publication, has created one other attractive novel of suspense. Set in a small, remoted city in Northern California, A desert of Strangers is a fast moving, memorable tale in regards to the arrival of a stranger--and the homicide of an attractive, lonely girl.

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Pomo, the county seat on the northwest shore, is still pretty much the same, on account of the large number of county employees and retired geezers who live there. But up here on the north shore, and all along the east shore down to Southport, things are bad. Restaurants, antique and junk stores, other kinds of shops— gone. Long-operating resorts like Nucooee Point Lodge, once the fanciest on this part of the lake, closed down and boarded up. For Sale signs and empty cottages and commercial buildings everywhere you look.

A temperance tract, in content and tone, on the insidious, long-range effects of John Barleycorn and his various spirited cousins. I wrote it drunk, of course. Blind drunk. Kent was amazed when he read the piece in print. About a quarter of it was borderline brilliant, some of the best writing I'd done in years, drunk or sober. The other three quarters was mostly incoherent. Sentences that made no sense, paragraphs that had little or no continuity, logic that was illogical, misquotes, even a couple of dangling participles.

Look at that face, man. " "Face like that. man, you just want to smash it. " "Yeah, like him. Ugly puto like that . . " "Freak him. " I quit listening to them. Stupid talk. I don't know what's the matter with guys sometimes. Wanting to beat up somebody just because of the way they look. A person can't help it if they're ugly or deformed or something, can they? And don't they have the right not to be hassled, same as everybody else? Anthony isn't always such a macho jerk. Only when he's with his buddies, and worst of all when he's with Mateo.

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