As alluded to by the previous entry, I’ve recently (in the past 3-4 years) realized that I have a growing interest in gritty crime drama. Initially this was largely a tv-related phenomenon, with me suddenly (and avidly) watching not one or two, but six TV series (L&O, L&O:SVU, L&O:CI, CSI, CSI:Miami, and CSI:NY).
The character Robert Goren (the big guy played by Vincent d’Onofrio in L&O:CI) is ostensibly fashioned after none other than the infamous Sherlock Holmes. This has lead me to start re-reading the Sherlock Holmes mysteries, having found the complete, un-annotated, un-edited series in two somewhat fat paperbacks. I’m up to The Blue Carbuncle, if you were wondering.
So…anyhow, I’m rather enjoying this foray into a previously un-charted genre, and it turns out, by happy coincidence, that I happen to live right around the corner (literally) from an apparently excellent niche bookshop called Prime Crime Books. Their website makes it sound idyllic — big fat chairs, enthusiastic experts, and a sizeable selection of used books.
It probably goes without saying, but I’m heading there tomorrow. Hoorah for vacations, even in the middle of winter.