#1987book sign-up page

Robocop1987Every month on Past Offences I gather together blog posts about crime fiction written or filmed in a particular year. This July the chosen year is 1987 – selected by regular contributor Col from his Criminal Library. You just know he’s found something good in one of the 37+ boxes of books in his attic…

1987 really pushes the Past Offences date envelope – you can see how cool and modern it was in the Robocop poster.

If you want to take part, you can! When you’ve written your post, just let me know below. I’ll gather them all together at the end of the month.

Small print:

  • Don’t be shy!
  • Just comment below to link to your blog post.
  • If you want to play but you haven’t got a blog, I’m happy to have you as a guest poster, or to link to Goodreads or Amazon.
  • Books, comics, films, plays and TV also welcome.
  • Sorry in advance if I miss you in the round-up, although I am getting better at that bit.

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Past Offences exists to review classic crime and mystery books, with ‘classic’ meaning books originally published before 1987.
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52 Responses to #1987book sign-up page

  1. Jose Ignacio says:

    I was planning to read Ellroy’s L.A. Quartet, this summer, therefore this year suit me just fine since The Black Dahlia, the first book in the quartet, was first published in 1987-


  2. Jose Ignacio says:

    I won’t have any excuses this month to finish my review in time


  3. 1987? I feel old if that counts as the past… Should be able to find something…


  4. realthog says:

    I have a fairly frantic month coming up but, if I get to it, I’ll probably tackle that great classic Hollywood Cop (1987). One for the ages.


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  6. tracybham says:

    I was just checking here to see if anyone is doing The Black Dahlia. Glad to see Jose Ignacio is. I will have to check and see what I have in my piles that I haven’t already read.


  7. Col says:

    Rich cheers – I doubt my year book will be amazing, but I’m cautiously optimistic it will be slightly more to my own individual tastes – but hey I’m happy to participate whatever the year.
    I’m also pleased that at least with 1987 selected, it has slightly widened the range of the meme!


  8. prettysinister says:

    Lots of writers from the 1980s who I’ve never read and always wanted to. I was hoping for a Morse novel by Colin Dexter. No book in 1987. Darn! I’m going for Monkey’s Raincoat the first book by Robert Crais.

    Here’s a baker’s dozen in case people are having difficulty coming up with writers or titles:
    The Skeleton in the Grass by Robert Barnard
    Death in Purple Prose (aka The Cherry Blossom Corpse) by Robert Barnard
    Trouble by Michael Gilbert
    The Killings at Badger’s Drift by Caroline Graham (another debut and a truly fantastic book)
    The Five Bells and Bladebone by Martha Grimes
    Death on Demand by Carolyn Hart (yet another debut!)
    Child’s Play by Reginald Hill
    The Corpse in Oozak’s Pond by Charlotte MacLeod
    The Right Jack by Margaret Maron
    Pale Kings and Princes by Robert B. Parker
    Talking to Strange Men by Ruth Rendell
    Huckleberry Fiend by Julie Smith
    What I Tell You Three Times Is False by Samuel Holt (aka Donald E Westlake)


    • pastoffences says:

      Thanks John. I think I possibly read The Monkey’s Raincoat back in ’87, certainly around that time. Echo your recommendation of Badger’s Drift – definitely a pretty sinister book.


    • Santosh Iyer says:

      I would like to add the following four, all of which appear in CWA Top 100 list.
      Presumed Innocent by Scot Turow
      A Fatal Inversion by Barbara Vine
      Bertie And The Tin Man by Peter Lovesey
      What Bloody Man Is That ? by Simon Brett


  9. neer says:

    Rich, does The New York Trilogy by Paul Aster, collected into a single volume and published in 1987 count?


  10. KerrieS says:

    I plan to read Sue Grafton’s A is for Alibi – must be at least 20 years since I read it


  11. Bev Hankins says:

    Hmmm…my high school graduation year counts as “old”? 😉 I’m off to see what I’ve got lurking on the TBR piles.


  12. Ho-Ling says:

    I find it kinda hard to make the suggestion myself (full disclosure: I’m the translator of the English edition. And a big fan of the book), but I think that Yukito Ayatsuji’s “The Decagon House Murders” might be an interesting read for some of you, as it’s about a group of students with nicknames like “Ellery”, “Carr” and “Agatha” in an And Then Were None homage and also the book that caused a genuine boom in puzzle-plot mysteries in Japan that is still going strong.


  13. richmonde says:

    Just to let you know that I have bagged Ruth Rendell’s TV series (started in 1987). Aka The Ruth Rendell Mysteries.


  14. I am going to read John Cleary’s Dragons at the Party. I’m not really looking forward to it but I have always thought I should read something by Cleary (he is Australian) and I definitely need something like this challenge to prompt me


  15. Santosh Iyer says:

    I have decided to review Yukito Ayatsuji’s “The Decagon House Murders” at either Goodreads or Amazon.


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  18. My review of What Bloody Man Is That? by Simon Brett is up on my blog now. Should be a second entry by the end of the month, with luck…


  19. Rebecca says:

    I just picked up A FATAL INVERSION, my first Vine. I’ve read one or two Rendells but never a Vine.


  20. I’m going to do Joan Smith’s A Masculine Ending.


  21. For this month’s challenge I’ve decided to do H. R. Keating’s The Body in the Billiard Room.
    The link to the review is below:


  22. tracybham says:

    I have posted a review of The Skeleton in the Grass by Robert Barnard at Bitter Tea and Mystery. I loved the book and I was surprised that there are so many great books to read from that year. If I had time I would do a second one.


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  24. richmonde says:

    I volunteered for the Ruth Rendell mysteries but couldn’t even get thru ep 1 of series 1. Burden (young) and Wexford (older) are established as conservative (She’s 28! Why isn’t she married! And the place is a tip!) and liberal. The missing woman’s hopeless, myopic brother is far too much in evidence, looming at the camera in bottle-bottom specs. The tone is drab (may have been terrible youtube copy). May try some later eps – but I recall they’re full of winched-in feminism (why are fictional feminists stroppy the entire time?) and plodding “relevance” with some very unconvincing road protesters.

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  25. richmonde says:

    I cobbled together some thoughts in the end. And I’ve got the box set for the long winter evenings. http://wordcount-richmonde.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/i-promised-to-review-ruth-rendell.html


  26. John says:

    Well, now I know why I prefer to read old crime novels and not so much the newer ones. My post is up for my 1987 book and it was a mixed bag for me.

    The Monkey’s Raincoat by Robert Crais


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  28. realthog says:

    I haven’t been able to do anything at all, alas — pressure of work, alas. I did get a 1987 crime novel out of the library but within the first couple of dozen pages I realized that I’d rather rip my own head off than carry on with it.

    I could reblog a piece on a 1987 movie that I posted a couple of years ago. Would that count?


  29. neer says:

    Things have been hectic. So a very brief review of Killings at Badger’s Drift:




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