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It is true that you learn something new everyday. I did not know that black dog is a term for depression. There is a bar/restaurant in the backwoods of Vermont that is famous throughout New England called The Black Dog. There's a silhouette of a black dog on their coffee mugs; I didn't know that it probably stands for depression.
I pass on reading Dennis LeHane's Shutter Island. Reading about the loony bin does not hold my interest. ... Too close to home for me?
Notice the last two words of your post "debut novel". ? If you had clicked on "Enter" twice at that point, the font for "Spinner" at your closing would be the same.
Yes, I plan to read L.A.Requiem by Robert Crais, thanks for the tip!
I remember reading somewhere that Abe Lincoln referred to his depression as The Black Dog.
You're missing the greatest surprise ending that I've ever seen in a book by not reading SHUTTER ISLAND. I sure didn't see it coming at all. Looney bins can be fascinating.
I returned my two English novels because DELUSION by Peter Abrahams came in. I also got THE LAST DETECTIVE by Crais plus two Thomas H. Cook novels, RED LEAVES and SACRIFICIAL GROUND. THE LAST DETECTIVE is the one written right after L.A. REQUIEM and is kind of the continuation of the story. I was actually looking for another novel by Cook, which was supposed to be on the shelf but wasn't. I run into that a lot at our library. I went to get THIRD DEGREE by Greg Iles a couple of weeks ago and neither I nor the librarians could find it even though it was supposed to be there. I can always just request books and let them worry about finding them. There are usually other copies at a branch library.
spinner,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,it worked!!!! thanks