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James Sallis


USA flag (1944 - )

James Sallis is a renowned poet, critic, essayist, editor, translator, musicologist and novelist. He is best known for his Lew Griffin novels including Long Legged Fly, Moth, Black Hornet. Eye of the Cricket, Bluebottle and his novel about spies, Death Will Have Your Eyes. In addition he has written a critical work - Difficult Lives - examining the work of Jim Thompson, David Goodis and Chester Himes and a book on jazz guitar. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife Karyn.
 
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Anthologies containing stories by James Sallis
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Short stories
Delta Flight
Faces and Hands
The First Few Kinds of Truth
The Creation of Bennie Good (1970)Nebula Awards (nominee)
53RD American Dream (1972)
At the Fitting Shop (1972)
A Weather Report from the Top of the Stairs (1973) (with David Lunde)
Insect Men of Boston (1974)
Miranda-Escobedo (1976)
Attitude of the Earth Toward Other Bodies (1989)
Dear Floods of Her Hair (1999)


Awards
Nebula Awards Best Short Story nominee (1971) : The Creation of Bennie Good
Shamus Awards Best Novel nominee (1994) : Moth
Anthony Awards Best Novel nominee (1998) : Eye of the Cricket


James Sallis recommends
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Meet Me in the Moon Room (2001)
Ray Vukcevich
"These are funny, savage stories, all flint and steel, scraps of flannel, pratfalls and prideful weirdness..."
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The Devil's Playground (2004)
Stav Sherez
"The finest novel I have read in some time... it introduces a major talent."
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Print the Legend (2010)
(Hector Lassiter, book 8)
Craig McDonald
"What critics might call eclectic, and Eastern folks quirky, we Southerners call cussedness -- and it's the cornerstone of the American genius.  As in: "There's a right way, a wrong way, and my way."  You want to see how that looks on the page, pick up any of Craig McDonald's novels.  He's built him a nice little shack out there way off all the reg'lar roads, and he's brewing some fine, heady stuff.  Leave your money under the rock and come back in an hour."
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Koreatown Blues (2016)
Mark Rogers
"Mark Rogers knows that the stylish, polished picture frame in which we live is riddled with holes, in which worms live."

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