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Bourbon On The Rocks #2

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It was a blunt L.A. morning as I stopped at the corner to buy a paper from Charlie, as I did every day. I didn't even have to exit the car. I would pull up to the corner and Charlie would pitch the paper through the car window to me like Bob Lemon. I'd stop every Friday morning and settle up my tab with him. It was a good arrangement. It kept me in the loop about the goings on in the greater Los Angeles area.

Like the headline for that morning, June 5, 1949:

FEMALE LOUNGE SINGER FOUND DEAD...

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    Drew Martyn over 3 years ago

    I was going to simply write "I like the term 'blunt' in the first sentence, but now I find I'm hooked already :)

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    Steve McBrevity over 3 years ago

    Hints of LA Confidential - hope he does not end up like Danny De Vito.

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    Christopher over 3 years ago

    If he does it'll be a coincidence. I've never actually seen that movie. These stories are more inspired by the writings of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett.

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    Christopher over 3 years ago

    And thanks, Drew. I agonized over the word blunt, but I kind of liked it too. It was an interesting way to describe a morning.

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    Steve McBrevity over 3 years ago

    Just love the pace of Raymond Chandler (don’t know Hammett) and LA Confidential. You should watch it.

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    Neville Hunt over 3 years ago

    Great stuff. I like blunt too... and I also love LA Confidential, so as Steve says, well worth watching. The great thing about your Jake Randolph stories, Chiristopher, is that they connect but are stand alone, as with Chandler. I remember commenting on J R #1 that it seemed Chandleresque, which is great by me.😋

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    Christopher over 3 years ago

    Steve, Dashiell Hammett wrote "The Maltese Falcon," which had Sam Spade as the protagonist. He's not as much of an influence as Chandler, though. I'll check out L.A. Confidential if I can find it.

    Thanks so much, Neville. You and Drew were Jake supporters right from the beginning and I appreciate it.

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