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[[ Read Epub ]] ⚟ The Taste of Ashes ⚶ The th Paul Pine novel, which many believe is the best of the Pine mysteries Howard Browne sometimes writing as John Evans, among other pseudonyms wrote three private eye novels about a Chicago shamus named Paul Pine, all with halo in the title All three books were very good novels But Browne figured he d done all he could with the character and dropped it A few years later he was persuaded to do oneHe considered the result, THE TASTE OF ASHES, to be his best I agree It s several steps above the other Pine novels, which were wonderful themselves This sto Howard Browne sometimes writing as John Evans, among other pseudonyms wrote three private eye novels about a Chicago shamus named Paul Pine, all with halo in the title All three books were very good novels But Browne figured he d done all he could with the character and dropped it A few years later he was persuaded to do oneHe considered the result, THE TASTE OF ASHES, to be his best I agree It s several steps above the other Pine novels, which were wonderful themselves This story about Pine s investigation of the death of another private eye is superbly written with a clear yet rich style It s also got a real sense of human beings as opposed to the mere plot devices characters sometimes end up being in lesser writers stuff It s not Chandler or Macdonald, but very, very good stuff Absolutely loved this.The writing was delightful and the ending was so unpredictable that it made for a very special read.I d read Howard Browne s Halo Of Blood and Halo For Satan when they were originally published in paperback by the Otto Penzler associated Quill Mysterious Classics 1984.Terrific cover design by Irving Freeman with art by Steve Macanga on these Quill Mysterious Classic editions, by the way.I remembered enjoying them immensely but I d never gone back and re read them Too man Absolutely loved this.The writing was delightful and the ending was so unpredictable that it made for a very special read.I d read Howard Browne s Halo Of Blood and Halo For Satan when they were originally published in paperback by the Otto Penzler associated Quill Mysterious Classics 1984.Terrific cover design by Irving Freeman with art by Steve Macanga on these Quill Mysterious Classic editions, by the way.I remembered enjoying them immensely but I d never gone back and re read them Too many books, not enough hours in the day When The Taste Of Ashes was among the titles being voted on for the group read for July, I was amazed to learn that there werethan just two entries in the Paul Pine series.Alberto has done a terrific job in providing the background on this novel and providing links to sites with eveninfo on the prolific Howard Browne.All I want to do in this review is offer two quotes to use as examples of the style of writing which I happen to be a complete and total sucker for contained in this novel 1 pages 108 109 I caught a glimpse of panelled walls and a man in a chair and another man rising from behind a desk then everything blew up in a soundless explosion of white fire laced with flashes of vivid orange Pain blossomed across the back of my head and spread to the horizons My knees melted On the way down I grabbed for a chair I missed it by nine miles A section of plum coloured broadloom floated up and smacked me alongside the face I didn t black out It had been a hard blow but not that hard No sound except a laboured breathing Mine Nausea burned in my throat I gritted my teeth and lifted my face off the rug and shook it a little I was panting like a dog in the sun 2 pages 126 127 I folded the paper neat and put it in the wastebasket and drank two glasses of water from the bathroom faucet It was close to one a.m when I turned the light out I didn t fall asleep until my head hit the pillowI swam up slowly from the depths of nothing and opened my eyes to darkness and felt a naked belly pressed into my back and a slender arm settle around my chest A throaty voice said, Move over, for Chrisake Ya want the whole bedI jerked out from under the arm and sat up quick and groped for the lamp on the nightstand The light came on It was a girl, and naked as your thumb A girl in her twenties and a face in its forties a hard bitten, sharp featured, blonde girl whose ribs showed, whose neck was long and stringy, whose teeth had the hungry shine of a ferret s, whose washed out blue eyes had seen too many men with their clothes off to care about it any She lay there smirking up at me, as exclusive a wastebasket, as desirable as a case of cholera Rich writing and remarkable characterization If you love Chandler, or have a taste for noir, this old title is so worth the read I m in love with Howard Browne s work John Evans if you re seekingPaul Pine novels Turns of phrase, dialogue particularly, sell me on a mystery,so than the plotting, and this book was like dessert each night as I wound down my day, curled up and read a few chapters I took my time with it, as well, wanting the flavor to last With sticky markers throug Rich writing and remarkable characterization If you love Chandler, or have a taste for noir, this old title is so worth the read I m in love with Howard Browne s work John Evans if you re seekingPaul Pine novels Turns of phrase, dialogue particularly, sell me on a mystery,so than the plotting, and this book was like dessert each night as I wound down my day, curled up and read a few chapters I took my time with it, as well, wanting the flavor to last With sticky markers throughout the pages, I ve noted phrasing that resonated with me.writing that made me stop and reread it so that I could experience it again Sharp and plain entertaining I have oneof his books and am seeking the rest in hardback, not an easy feat Wish he were still around to feed me