Friday, March 11, 2005
When I got back from the Left Coast Crime convention, I mentioned Fender Tucker's Ramble House books. (You can read the post here.) I also mentioned that I'd picked up "Jicarilla Mud," a Ramble House 10-Cent Book written by Fender himself. It's really a novelette, but it's got an extra. It comes with a CD by Knees Calhoun. The CD has only one song, "Jicarilla Mud," and it's a great number. If you'd like to hear some of Knees's earlier work, I highly recommend this site. All the songs are good, but check out the Everly Brothers covers first.
"Jicarilla Mud," the book, is a period piece about the "oil bidness" in New Mexico in the 1950s. Or that's what it seems to be about at first. It takes an unexpected turn, though, and gets into some strange territory before it's all over. It's a fast-moving story, with good period details, some laughs, and a great cover, as you can see.