- Series: Sam McCain Mysteries
- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Carroll & Graf; 1st Carroll & Graf ed edition (January 29, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786707755
- ISBN-13: 978-0786707751
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,826,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?: A Sam McCain Mystery Hardcover – January 29, 2001
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From Library Journal
In 1959, anti-Communist sentiment runs highDeven in the Iowa town of Black River Falls. There, a murderer deposits the body of an alleged Communist sympathizer on the doorstep of PI Sam McCain (Wake Up Little Susie). Things really heat up after the two prime suspects also turn up dead. Exciting and intense, this is for fans of the series and historical mysteries.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Joe McCarthy's better-dead-than-red mentality has penetrated even the small Iowa burg of Black River Falls, where young Sam McCain supplements his earnings as a lawyer by working as a private investigator. At the conclusion of a photo-op appearance by touring Soviet premier Nikita Khruschev, former State Department official and Black River Falls resident, Richard Conners, a notorious liberal, indicates he'd like to hire McCain. He shows up at McCain's apartment a day later, near death, but he won't expose his attacker. McCain has no faith in the investigative ability of local law enforcement, so he proceeds on his own. In short order, he's also confronted with the deaths of a former FBI agent now fronting an anti-Communist organization and two other right-wing activists. The third Sam McCain case is as compelling and entertaining as its predecessors. Gorman, an underappreciated master of the genre, has created an insular, self-contained world in Black River Falls, where good and evil clash with the same heartbreaking results as they have in the more urban crime dramas of Block or Leonard. Wes Lukowsky
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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.
The great Red Scare is in full swing and even McCain's beloved Black River Falls with its quirky citizens and unique history fall to the whipped up hysteria.
Sam keeps his cool, though, despite tripping over more bodies than a medical examiner trainee. A fatally wounded man stumbles to his office to die; a famous man, or as famous as a man from Black River Falls gets. Richard Conners -- rich, successful, and connected -- had wanted to hire McCain to "hold something" for him, and comes to McCain's office to die.
McCain doesn't expect the bumbling police to solve the murder so he begins to look into it and almost immediately runs into a buzz saw in the form of Karl Rivers, a professed FBI agent looking for communists and communist sympathizers. When Rivers turns up dead in McCain's closet, Sam realizes there's somthing really serious going on in Iowa.
The novel is introduced with a quote attributed to W. H. Auden: "I smell blood and an era of prominent madmen."
Gorman does a marvelous job delivering the late 1950s to us as seen through the prism of a modest-sized Iowa town. The Red Scare is not limited to big cities. There are witch hunts everywhere, even in small town Iowa where a spinster teacher is seen as possibly subversive and has to publicly defend herself.
Gorman populates his stories with interesting and engaging characters and does more than tell a good yarn. He leaves you feeling reminiscent of those long ago days when you could get a good breakfast for 60 cents, where a triple feature at the drive in costs a buck, and where a man could make a decent living as a private investigator in a small town, solving a murder.
The story moves quickly and is satisfyingly layered. ....