Bill Crider: Damn Near Dead 2: Live Noir or Die Trying
The cover of the 2006 anthology Damn Near Dead: Old, Bold and Uncontrolled featured a silver-haired, balding hero shielding a buxom young blond from something sinister. Its sequel, Damn Near Dead 2: Live Noir or Die Trying, shows a gun-wielding senior citizen in a slouchy green cardigan, his arm around a frightened lass in a spotted dress. Who knew that "geezer noir" would catch on? It has, and to explain the phenomenon, Damn Near Dead 2 editor Bill Crider will appear today at Murder by the Book, presenting the collection of original stories by such well-known authors as Ace Atkins, Neal Barrett Jr., Christa Faust, Carolyn Haines, David Handler, Jennifer Jordan and others. Crider is a remarkably prolific writer himself: His books include the Sheriff Dan Rhodes series, a private-eye series set on Galveston Island, a few children's books and a couple of Westerns, but today is all about some spry senior citizens saving the day, solving mysteries and, yes, sometimes snagging a younger gal. 6:30 p.m. 2342 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-524-8597 or visit www.murderbooks.com. Free.
Thu., Dec. 16, 6:30 p.m., 2010
Get the Things to Do Newsletter
Sign up for our weekly guide to events in Houston, and never be bored again. With suggestions for every day of the week, our recommendations will keep you busy on any budget.