- if Hackman had played Mike Brady, The Hackman Blues would never have been written
- one character in The Hackman Blues fancies that he looks like Gene Hackman and loves to watch Hackman's movies
- another character in The Hackman Blues is named Brady
- I don't think items two and three could possibly be accidental
- I wanted to make a list
As for the book itself, it's a terrific story of a kidnapping gone spectacularly wrong (read it as a companion piece to Rilke on Black). Tony (not Mike) Brady and a couple of buddies do the job. At first, kidnapping's not their intent, but someone mentions how easily the job they're going could be turned into a big payday for all of them. Boy, are they mistaken. Best you read the book to find out why. It's short, fast, and hardboiled, a Gold Medal book for the new noir. Check it out.