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Bad Moon Rising: A Sam McCain Mystery (Sam McCain Mysteries) Hardcover – October 12, 2011


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Product Details

  • Series: Sam McCain Mysteries
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Pegasus (October 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605982601
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605982601
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,789,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ed Gorman has received the Shamus Award, the Spur Award, and the International Fiction Writers Award. Ed lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

More About the Author

I was the kid in school who always had a science fiction or thriller paperback hidden behind my textbook while class was in session. I was not exactly a gifted student but I did read all the classics (my classics) from Edgar Rice Burroughs to Jack London to Ray Bradbury to Raymond Chandler before I finished high school.

I wrote my first story in third grade. I still remember the first paragraph--I wanted to make sure that my vast readership (me) got the idea that this was a science fiction story. "Johnny Mars walked down Mars Street on Mars one day." I don't know about you but I think that should be studied in every writing class ever taught.:)

About my stories and books:

"Ed Gorman has the same infallible readability as writers like Lawrence Block, Max Allan Collins, Donald E. Westlake, Ed McBain, and John D. MacDonald." Jon Breen, Ellery Queen

Kirkus called Ed Gorman "One of the most original crime writers around."

Gorman's novels The Poker Club and The Haunted have both been filmed. Author of more than thirty novels and ten collections of short stories, The Oxford Book of Short Stories noted that his work "provides fresh ideas, characters and approaches."

The Rocky Mountain News called him "The modern master of the lean and mean thriller." Gorman's thrillers include Blood Moon and The Marilyn Tapes both available as part of the Top Suspense Group (TSG).

His novel Cage of Night, also available on TSG, is one of Gorman's personal favorites. The sites Gravetapping and Good Reads noted "It is truly a classic of the macabre--part mystery, part suspense, and entirely chilling and haunting."

Gorman's westerns have also been lauded by Publisher's Weekly. "Written in a lean hard-boiled style." Rocky Mountain News said "Simply one of the best Western writers of our time." Booklist raved "Intelligent characaters uniuely motivated make for knock-out read."

Gorman is now busy on a suspense novel he hopes to finish this year. Gorman can be reached at New Improved Gorman http://www.newimprovedgorman.com/ You can also follow him on Twitter.

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The plot kept my interest.
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I've grown to like Sam as a person and a private eye.
Ed Lynskey,
McCain is an interesting character.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kristi VINE VOICE on October 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Ed Gorman's latest Sam McCain novel is beautifully written as well as being a fine mystery. McCain has grown up some, and so has Black River Falls; from the simpler days of ragtops and malt shops, McCain is now dealing with hippies, swingers and the draft, along with the usual difficulties presented by the obtuse police chief and the more obtuse zealot preacher; only McCain's boss, the cool, classy and rather terrifying Judge Whitney is a bit scarce in this outing.

In this book, the wild daughter of a rich businessman is found dead on the grounds of a local commune, and the body count rises as McCain tries to figure out just what it is that has been going on in his formerly bucolic little hometown.

I don't know why Gorman's books seem to be such sleepers. Maybe it's because they are set in Iowa, and people can't imagine anything interesting coming out of Iowa. Which is crazy talk, of course... "Free Fall in Crimson," anyone? But if you haven't read the McCain books, if you enjoy mysteries at all, you really should. The writing is tight and evocative and just damned good, and he's come up with characters that absolutely pinpoint the period.

Can't wait for the next one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ed Lynskey, on November 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
How can you not like a novel that uses a CCR song for its title and also mentions the pulp noir master Charles Williams? Sam McCain, early 30s, is the private investigator/attorney living in Black River Falls, Iowa, a small city where a hippie commune (this is 1968, after all) on the city's outskirts creates all sorts of friction. Then a murder occurs, and the plot really thickens. I've grown to like Sam as a person and a private eye. He's self-effacing, has a good heart, and is even-tempered. He understands the social classes, and he moves with charming ease between the haves and have-nots while he's on the case. Then something dark and sinister rears its head later in the novel, and Sam faces a large personal challenge. Hopefully, more titles will follow as we await what fate lurks down the pike for our man Sam. Entertaining, articulate, and just a good PI story, Bad Moon Rising was a first-rate read for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DWD's Reviews VINE VOICE on July 15, 2012
Format: Audible Audio Edition
Published by AudioGo in 2012
Read by Joe Barrett
Duration: 6 hours, 6 minutes.

This is the first book I have read (or for that matter even seen) in the Sam McCain series. Normally, I would not recommend jumping in on the ninth book in a series, but it is a testament to the skill of the author, Ed Gorman, that I was able listen to Bad Moon Rising and join right in and not feel lost at all. The titles in the series all come from music from the general time that the book is set in.

It is late August 1968. It is hot in Black River Falls, Iowa. The book starts with Sam McCain at a party watching the violence of the Democratic National Convention. Hippies are on TV and hippies are in Black River Falls. They are a source of controversy as their free love lifestyle, long hair and drug usage rankle a lot of people in small town Iowa. They live on an old farm with a history of tragedy and that history continues as the daughter of the local millionaire is found dead in a barn on the commune. She was a frequent visitor on the farm and was known to date a resident so the finger of suspicion is immediately pointed at the hippies. Sam McCain is called out by the leader of the commune because he is the only attorney in town that will have anything to do with them. Tensions escalate as McCain tries to figure out what happened.

McCain is an interesting character. He sees why the hippies would want to "drop out" of society, but knows they aren't really going off the grid. He is irritated at the mindless anti-hippie reactions of many of his neighbors, but he is very aware that some of these folks cause serious trouble. He admires their talk about freedom, but notes that they live in a commune controlled by an iron-fisted dictator. What kind of guy is Sam McCain?
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This is a very special 'private eye' series build around a lawyer and special court investigator, Sam McCain, in a small town in the midwest (Iowa) in the fifties and sixties. I absolutely love this series for several reasons:

1. the wonderful immersion into a different time, spanning a decade from the late fifties to the late sixties. The descriptions are detailed, evocative, engaging and realistic. They are exceptionally well done.
2. The protagonist is a likeable average joe, who is easy to identify with and tells the stories in the first person. His back story is as engaging and interesting as the murder mysteries he gets involved in, and has become the main reason why I have become hooked on this series.
3. I like Sam McCain's world view. He is particularly adverse to any extremist tendencies (MCarthy witch hunts, racism, Beatle records burning, religious bigotry, snake handling churches, etc) and any form of social snobbery and elitism. Yet through all the turmoil (of which there was a lot in the fifties/early sixties), he retains a great sense of humor, which will have you smiling on and off, throughout the entire series.
4. There are plenty of connections to the pop culture of the fifties and sixties, which is a bonus for any lover of music, books, cinema and culture of the period.
5. The mysteries are well crafted and keep you guessing until the end.
6. Every single one of the entries in these series is excellent without exception and well worth the read.

Give this a try, you won't regret it. I read all 9 books in 2 months and can't wait for the 10th entry, 'Riders' on the Storm', that will appear in October 2014! I hope Mr. Gorman gets the opportunity to write several more before he retires.
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