Preface; Introduction: Ride the High Country or "They Went Thataway"; Cowboy Codes: Straight & Pure & All Boy; When We were Young: Nostalgia & the Cowboy Hero; Arms & the Man: The Friendly Gun; Give Me My Boots & Saddles: Camp Cowboy; Tall in the Saddle: Romance on the Range; White Hats & White Heroes: Who Is That Other Guy?; Virgin Land: Landscape, Nature, & Masculinity; Corporate Cowboys & the Shaping of a Nation; Postscript - The Frontiersman (1938); List of Films Mentioned; References; Index.
Lee Lamothe is a journalist and the author of several books, including the national bestsellers The Sixth Family and Bloodlines, as well as the genre-busting novel The Last Thief: A Tale of the Russian Underworld and the highly acclaimed novels The Finger's Twist (nominated for an Arthur Ellis Award) and Free Form Jazz. He lives in Toronto.
Picasso Blues is much more than a police mystery. -- The Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, Aug 6, 2011 Married to themes of insidious racism, official corruption/cover-up and the bipolar, us-theme police psychology that, under stress, can easily blur the lines of perp and victim, Picasso is a must-read for every cop north of the Rio Grande -- and for anyone wanting the real down-low and up-high on our troubled guardians. -- The Winnipeg Free Press, Oct 29, 2011 Mixed with really scary gore, this riff on film, life and art is a great bit of writing. -- Margaret Cannon -- The Globe and Mail, Nov 17, 2011 On one level, its an action-packed, hard-boiled police procedural. On the other, its an under-your-skin story that keeps resonating in your thoughts long after youve put it down The ending in this must-read mystery is an example of why author Lee Lamothe is at the top of his game. -- Hamilton Spectator, Dec 7, 2011 The ethereal near-death visions of a beating victim nail you to the opening pages of Picasso Blues, a sequel to last year's Free Form Jazz by Toronto gonzo-noir king Lee Lamothe. Twisty plot-lines, vivid imagery and keen portraiture keep you there. The waves of arson, race riots and paranoia set off by a SARS-like epidemic provide grist for Lamothe's authentic police-psychology insights, but it's the crazy-love, salt-and-pepper reunion of scruffy detective Ray Tate and quirky State Trooper Djuna Brown that propel this fast-paced romp. -- Winnipeg Free Press, Dec 21, 2011