Over the past two days, we've seen that Steve has some mighty swell books, and they just keep on a'comin'.
The first books visible on row Three are Donald Hamilton's adventures of Matt Helm. I can't read the titles--the best I can get are impressions. But I'm going out on a limb and say I have the impression two of them might be these . . .
Hm. I've never read a Matt Helm book. That blurb at the top of The Wrecking Crew makes me think I should.
Next up are Hammett's best book (left) and the one other folks think is his best (right). Read these more times than I can count.
After a copy of The Big Knockover and what I suspect is a later book called Nightmare Town, we find the hands-down most (left) and least (right) important Hammett story collections.
And two more less than vital but still interesting collections of artifacts. Among the next nine books is something by Ernie Hemingway (a story collection?) and a couple of Jack Higgins thrillers, including The Eagle Has Landed.
Then we find four REH titles, only two of which I can be sure of. The fourth has the same coloring as Berkley's Son of the White Wolf and Marchers of Valhalla, but the words don't seem to fit.
L. Ron Hubbard is not a name I expected to find here. Surprise, surprise. Following that are several unidentifiable E. Howard Hunt books and a Longmire adventure. It may not be As the Crow Flies, but the coloring is right.
Jumping to the next shelf, there's this one by Wm. Johnstone. Four books later there's another by the same dude, so it's a fair bet those in between are too. Then there are a few Frank Kanes. It almost looks like there's a Henry Kane in there too, but if so he's out of order.
We then encounter a Stephen King or two and a Dean Koontz or two before entering Joe Lansdale territory.
It looks like there are ten Lansdale titles, but I can only be sure of four titles, and pretty sure of three editions. I have no clue as to the addition of The Magic Wagon, third from the top in the stack.
Since this is the last pic in today's post, I'm glad it has a great cover.
Tomorrow: Row Four, and a fond farewell to the Mertz Library. See you then.