Framing the Dialogue

Archive for October, 2017


Deadwood by Pete Dexter takes us back to the late 1800s sometime after the Civil War to the town named Deadwood in the Black Hills.  At first this seems like a book about legendary gunman Wild Bill Hickcock and his friend Charlie Utter, but there is so much more.  This is a glimpse of the “wild wild West” with all of the drinking, whoring, shooting and what not.  Wild Bill was the most interesting character, but his story is kind of sad and he is certainly not in his heyday, but there is a peek at what he may have been like beyond the character.

Stick a Fork in Me

“Me. Pete Wallace. The most persevering, glad-handing AD who ever worked in higher education. I have a voice recorder going, but whatever I say will be for my ears only. I want to preserve a bunch of fond and not-so-fond memories for the book I may write someday on what it’s like backstage in the world of big-time college sports.”

The Cuban Affair

Mac spent five years fighting for his country in Afghanistan and saw many terrible things.  He now scrapes by taking tourists on fishing expeditions out of Key West, Florida.  He seems to be at the point where he’ll listen to any reasonable offer as is the case when a secretive group offers him millions of dollars to travel to Cuba to pick up a package.  To make matters more tempting, his companion will be an attractive, young woman.


“Pierce had never been to Africa.  Even those friends who had gone there avoided the Luandian Delta.  It was, Bryce Martel had told him with a smile, ‘a place so paranoid that it makes Beirut look like Cincinnati.”

In Eclipse, by Richard North Patterson we meet fictional character, Bobby Okari, a peace-loving activist who wants to create a movement in his homeland for his Okari people.  His country is ravaged by a ruthless dictator and the world’s craving for oil.  It doesn’t take long for these worlds to collide.  Damon Pierce, an acquaintance of Okari is called by Okari’s wife when he is arrested and scheduled for a trail and subsequent execution.  The results of the trial seem preordained.